There’s something endearing about all the success that is coming to Harry Rodrigues aka Baauer. In a matter of under a month, the Brooklyn-based producer has gone from a “talent to watch out for” according to those way in tune with the burgeoning electronic music scene to a viral video superstar for his track “Harlem Shake”. He has been interviewed by the likes of The Daily Beast, held his own Reddit AMA today and even after all of it, he’s still as amazed and excited by the entire phenomenon as any other regular person would be.
“It’s gotten absolutely insane,” he says. “All I did was make the song so it’s kind of a weird place for me to be at. I birthed it, it was raised by others, and now it’s like my weird, fucked up adopted teenage kid coming back to me.”
Baauer – Harlem Shake
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This past Friday marked the culmination of a perfect storm at Webster Hall in NYC. Prior to the Harlem Shake madness, long-standing hip-hop superproducer Just Blaze took notice of the trap producers production chops and set up a collaboration which was titled Higher and used the iconic “Turn my music hi-hi-hi-hi-higher” line. The Big League Tour was spawned from it and the duo has had shows spanning the US uniting the energy of a Just Blaze hip-hop DJ set with the raw manic qualities this “EDM” incarnation of trap music brings. With Just Blaze’s return to NYC and the Harlem Shake rage in full force, the stage was set for what can only be described as one of the wildest nights seen at Webster in the recent future.
The type of set that took place is the same type of set that would make techno nerds and Carl Cox lovers cringe as to the destruction of the “art” of DJing. It should go without saying however that those people were nowhere to be found in the crowd and even if they were, their snoody complaints were met with the screaming of the other 1500 attendees that were jam packed to have their ears blown. The set was a perfect compliment to what was seen at Pier 94 when Diplo took to the decks; a finely balanced set that played between hip-hop BANGERS and the latest and most innovative releases from the world of EDM. The two DJ’d from two completely separate set of decks, Baauer stuck to his Ableton controller while Just Blaze worked via CDJs & Serato and any break between the 2 went completely unnoticed.
Just Blaze x Baauer – Higher
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The two played their collaboration Higher 3 times as well as giving the crowd what it wanted and played Harlem Shake multiple time as well a different remix of it though I couldn’t exactly pick out which one it was. The two grazed over some of the biggest tracks you could find including Jay-Z’s Public Service Announcement, RL Grime & Salva’s remix of Mercy, the ETC!ETC! & Brillz remix of Simon Says from Pharoahe Monch and the game-changing Carnage remix of Hardwell’s Spaceman. By the end of the night Baauer had taken a full running stage dive and there was a scary/hysterical moment when Baauer pushed Just Blaze off stage when he was about to do his leap and ended with Justin getting surfed around the crowd face-down.
The two DJs spun well into the early morning and pulled out some old-school weapons such as U Don’t Know, the 2002 Freeway & Beanie Seagal collabo Roc The Mic and the iconic Oh Boy from Cam’ron. Seeing Baauer’s initiation into the limelight comes with a huge congrats from TNJ; the distinction is well deserved! Be sure to check all of our event photos and tag yourselves/friends right here and follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Check the Webster Hall version of Harlem Shake from the night below!
Baauer – Harlem Shake (Webster Hall Version)
Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam