Music Monday - Baauer!

The word on everybody's lips right now has to be 'Harlem Shake' but how many people know the artist behind the viral hit.

Baauer, real name Harry Rodrigues, is a 23 year old producer with an upbringing that spans several countries and cultures. Born in Philadelphia but spending his early life in Germany and London before moving to Connecticut at the age of 13 and eventually moving off to New York for college at 17.

Citing his early influences as classic rock and jazz, before becoming increasingly interested in hip hop as a teen with the likes of MF Doom, Dr Octagon, Flying Lotus and J Dilla among his favourite acts and set his heart on becoming a DJ after accidentally coming across the DMC championships.

Baauer settled in Brooklyn and 2009 and has been steadily producing since then, slowly helping to mould the trap sound that has becoming massive over the past year or two.

The 'Harlem Shake' single was originally released on Diplo's Mad Decent label in the May of last year, but despite it being an underground smash, it never really hit the mainstream. That was until last month, when the song went viral with over 20'000 'Harlem Shake' videos now uploaded to Youtube, a few of our favourites are below.

He's no one trick pony though, he's remixed for the likes of A-Trak, No Doubt and Prodigy, and has hinted at future collaborations with Aluna George and ASAP Rocky. His first full length EP is due out sometime this year on Luckyme records and he's co-headlining a tour of Europe and Australia with Danny Brown. Watch out for Baauer, this is gonna be his year!


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