Nena, Druten, Netherlands

The very first time I heard Hardstyle was when my brother entered my bedroom, playing a song on his phone, “Lost in Paradise” by Max Enforcer. That track changed my life. I was 13 years old.

At the age of 14, my boyfriend went to his first Defqon.1 and I couldn’t wait to turn 18 to go to my first party. So, I didn’t go.

As a 16-year-old I went to Supersized Kingsday on my own. I was shitting my pants because I didn’t know what to expect, in fact, I didn’t even know if I could get in! Luckily I got in and from that moment on I knew that day was going to be legendary. And it was.

I started off at the Freestyle stage by Foolish, which was my favorite music label back then. It didn’t take long before I met some awesome people and I was really surprised by how friendly everyone was. I saw some of the best artist playing and despite the rain and not knowing a lot of people I had the best day of my life. So I wanted more. That year I also went to Free Festival, Q-BASE and “Q-dance presents: Scantraxx 15 years”.

The next party I really wanted to go to was Defqon.1, but I was still 17 years old. A friend of mine owns the company that supplies the inflatables for many dance events and also everything for Defqon.1. I asked him if I could be on his team for 2018. Defqon.1 turned my world upside down. I enjoyed every second of it and working during Power Hour was the best decision I ever made. That’s how my journey started.