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.
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.