An hour before his set at one of the biggest music festivals in the country, Robbert van de Corput blended into the crowd. The 25-year-old lounged unassumingly on the couch in the Coachella press tent and shook his hand to introduce himself as Robbert.
Hardwell is photographed on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Coachella in Indio, Calif. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun)
When he stepped into the DJ booth in the Sahara Tent, though, his alternate persona — this one known by the stage name Hardwell — exploded into life.
The Dutch DJ threw his arms in the air on Sunday, the small grin rarely leaving his face as he orchestrated the music that had a sweaty mob of people roaring at every switch of a song.
And it’s not just the 80,000 people at Coachella. People everywhere love this guy.
I almost made the connection multiple times this week:
• “This ‘Harlem Shake’ song sounds like something you’d hear in the Sahara Tent at the Do LaB.”
• “Wouldn’t it be crazy if someone played the ‘Harlem Shake’ at Coachella?”
• “Oh, Baauer is on Mad Decent.”
• “Azealia Banks has a ‘Harlem Shake’ remix?There’s a Coachella connection!”
Stompede dancers do the Harlem Shake on Friday in Rancho Mirage.
But I was missing the biggest Coachella connection of all.