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De Hofnar x Nathan Nicholson track out now!

Written by on May 12, 2019

De Hofnar x Nathan Nicholson track out now!

Vibrant and upbeat, De Hofnar’s ‘Restart’ radiates positivism like no other. Empowered by Nathan Nicholson’s unique vocals and joyful melodies, this tune is the silver lining to every cloud.

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De Hofnar: “Nathan and I met each other in Amsterdam for a creative studio session in the Armada Studios. We shared a lot of music and immediately had the right connection for a collaboration. I scrolled through some beats I was working at that moment and Nathan was super surprised to hear this project with a more discoish feel. He showed me some small lyrics he wrote the other day about restarting your life after a breakup. He told more about the personal background story and we found out that I had experienced the same thing. We dove right back into the project to merge these 2 ideas into 1 unique track, after 1 day “Restart” was born.“

Nathan Nicholson: “This song is about moving on and looking to the future, that with every end there’s a new beginning and a chance at starting over. It was really great to work with De Hofnar over at Armada HQ in Amsterdam, especially on something so upbeat and joyful – it sounds like the summer!”



De Hofnar, an alias for Jeroen Maas hailing from The Netherlands, has started producing electronic music in his early childhood. After being a big fan of the Sneakerz sound that started in 2007, he lost his affection when it evolved into the big room EDM sound. His love for house music returned when he first heard the DJ sets of Joris Delacroix and the productions of Bakermat. De Hofnar says: “Deep House was an eye opener for me. It made me remember why I liked dance music.’’ This resulted in creative productions where melodic house and deep house were brought together.

In 2013 his debut single “Oxas“, in collaboration with Gamper & Dadoni, was released by MGM Records. His first record hit over 20 million plays on Spotify. Shortly thereafter his first official EP “Zonnestraal” was released by Crosswalk. As a surprise, this EP hit over 6 million plays on Spotify and Soundcloud. With these tracks and the well known remixes of Same Love (Macklemore), All of Me (John Legend) and Klanga (Gostan), which got 15 million plays on Youtube and Soundcloud and got supported by Tiesto, Oliver Heldens and Sam Feldt, De Hofnar quickly made a name in the melodic deep house scene.

After releasing Bloesem, together with Sam Feldt on Spinnin Deep, and various remixes on Armada, Sony, Universal and Warner, De Hofnar teamed up with the South African electronic band Goodluck. Their collaboration Back in the day, which was released by Armada Deep, hit number one in the South African charts in the summer of 2016.

As a result, De Hofnar has been constantly touring since 2014. After touring all over Europe and big festivals like Extrema Outdoor, Wish Festival and Summer Festival it was time to reach overseas to Asia, Africa and South America. But that’s not all. The fathers of the day to day dance music, Tiësto, Laidback Luke, Pete Tong and Armin van Buuren asked De Hofnar to make official remixes of their tracks. De Hofnar: ‘’It’s just amazing when legends like these ask you to make remixes of their tracks. I still can’t believe this’’.

De Hofnar believes he is a provider of joy for people. De Hofnar says: ‘’My name means court jester in Dutch. I believe that as a DJ I’m the court jester for people all over the world. That’s why I live my slogan: You’re the kings and queens and I’m just here to entertain you.’’

In 2017 and 2018 De Hofnar released his album ‘’King’s and Queens’’. This wasn’t without a result as after just a few months the tracks hit over millions of plays on Spotify and had airplay in several countries like Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Brazil and England where his track was on the legendary station BBC Radio 1.