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.
Fans raise their arms as Eric Prydz performs Sunday at Coachella. (Brian Indrelunas, The Desert Sun)
The closest I came to hearing Eric Prydz
‘s “Call On Me” performed this month was when a poolside DJ at the Ace Hotel
played “Valerie” by Steve Winwood
— despite the fact that I was at Prydz’s Coachella set from the beginning to the bittersweet end Sunday. Continue Reading
DJ Paul Oakenfold performs onstage at Coachella on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella)
What does it look like when you’re a DJ orchestrating the dance party in the Sahara Tent?
This might blow your mind.
Paul Oakenfold has released a 3D video of his set from the Sahara Tent on Sunday.
Photo credit: Twitter.com/Coachella
EDM is a term that has recently taken over North America.
It’s a term generally used to describe music that doesn’t involve instruments, but to progressive house producer and DJ Nicky Romero, he had no idea what the term meant.
“EDM is made up here in America. Like, if you say that in Europe people will laugh at you,” said Romero in an interview with The Desert Sun.
Even with a No. 1 dance single and main stage performance at the hottest electronic music festival under his belt, Nicky Romero didn’t know he was part of the EDM craze in the U.S.
He didn’t even know what EDM was.
Nicky Romero at Coachella 2013. (Michael Snyder, The Desert Sun)
“EDM was made up here in America. If you say that in Europe, people laugh at you,” the Dutch DJ said of the slang term for electronic dance music.
“No one ever heard that word before. If you would ask my parents ‘have you heard of EDM?’ they would be like, ‘Is that a brand for a coffee machine?”
The Dutch artist spoke to MyCoachella.com on Friday, less than an hour after finishing his Coachella debut to a packed crowd in the Sahara tent.
The 24-year-old DJ has exploded onto the dance scene and landed at No. 17 on the DJ Mag Top 100 chart last year — the highest debut of any artist in 2012.
Romero had a No. 1 hit with Avicii in “I Could be the One” and another top single, “Symphonica.” He’s collaborated with Calvin Harris and Nervo.
He chatted about music, his love of history (he’s a World War II buff) and how Coachella and Ultra festivals rank among his Top 5 performances ever.
Not that I had any doubt, but the fact that electronic dance music has gone mainstream really hit me this week when I heard local Top 40 station KRCK play Alex Clare’s “Too Close” (aka the “Is that dubstep in an Internet Explorer commercial?” song), a David Guetta song (“Titanium,” featuring Sia, I think) and a promo featuring a snippet of “Turn Me On,” Guetta’s jam with Nicki Minaj, all in a row. Then, a few songs later, there were Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo with “Let’s Go.”
David Guetta performs at the Sahara Tent on Saturday, April 14, during the first weekend Coachella 2012. (Omar Ornelas, The Desert Sun)
Earlier this month, Wall Street Journal rock and pop critic Jim Fusilli examined the fear in EDM circles that this commercial success will corrupt the genre, calling out quite a few Coachella artists:
When Mr. Guetta spun at Coachella in April, he leaned heavily on his pop productions. Similarly, the highlight of Calvin Harris’s pop-minded set at the same festival was an appearance by Rihanna, who turned up to sing “We Found Love,” their collaboration from her 2011 disc “Talk That Talk.” But the backing tracks built by Messrs. Guetta and Harris are cliché-riddled, white-bread house that don’t represent the best of the genre.
Fusilli also offers up AVICII as an example of what’s worrying the EDM veterans he interviewed.
If you’ve spent some time in the Sahara Tent at Coachella, give Fusilli’s article a read and let us know what you think by commenting on this post or tweeting to @MyCoachella: Are pop crossovers ruining EDM?
• PHOTOS: David Guetta plays Coachella 2012, Weekend 1