...once comprised a duo? The veterans and those who already dug deep down into hardstyle’s archives might remember that there was once an “&” between “Brennan” and “Heart” which disappeared at the end of 2005.

Carsten Giese

Fabian Bohn a.k.a. Brennan Heart and Pieter Heijnen a.k.a. DJ Thera released several records as “Brennan & Heart” between 2002 and late 2005 before they suddenly split up.

Release facts

Their first release under their alias “Nightflow” appeared on one of Germany’s best-known labels “Tunnel Records”. Later on they released on Multigroove Records and also Fusion records before switching between three labels: Scantraxx (Special), Straight On and Zero 2 Nine which was run by themselves.

DID YOU KNOW BRENNAN HEART: An early release can be found on Fusion’s official Youtube-Channel

What fans loved back then was on the one hand the “techny” sound with heavy kicks and on the other hands the simple melodies which quickly formed their signature sound. Their sound design was something completely different at that time and you could easily recognize it.

DID YOU KNOW BRENNAN HEART: Hardstate Channel delivered their techy sounds

The Aftermath

After they split up Fabian simply removed the “&” from the name and continued producing as “Brennan Heart” and “Blademasterz”. In the first years he continued using the techy sounds and the unique kickdrums. But from around 2010 on his style slowly adapted to the common euphoric hardstyle sound. We all know how successful he became – and still is to this day. “Imaginary” seems to be the hardstyle track which gets played the most on weddings all over the world!

After dropping out of the project it took Pieter a.k.a. Thera until 2007 to appear on a record again. This time it was a more “jumpy” release of Patrick Bunton’s “Blowjob” – released on Tunnel Records again. Soon after that he founded his own label which we all know today. Thera stuck to the original recipe: Heavy “techy” kickdrums, reversed bass and simple melodies with heavy influences from early hard trance. But nevertheless he still managed to evolve his style while keeping the “heart” of his early productions with Fabian.

Conclusion – This was “Did you know that Brennan Heart”

Fabian and Pieter splitting was a shock to the scene in 2005. Almost everybody thought they would reign the hardstyle scene as a duo for the next decades due to their modern and uncommonly innoative approach.

In retrospective everything turned out well for both of them. They proved that two minus one still equals two or even more.

What about a comeback of the “&” or a collab guys?

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