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How many times have you danced "con los terroristas"?
If you're anything like the rest of the world, it's more times than you can count. Admit it, you were doing the "Harlem Shake" all through March. Even now, Baauer's biggest hit is climbing past 39 million views on YouTube and some people still can't let go, continuing to bravely make meme videos even though the haters might shoot them at any moment.
We're kinda sick of hearing about it too. But not because we're sick of Baauer. He's actually an incredibly talented producer and performer. He's got so much more to offer than just "shake, shake, shake." And he definitely ain't no one-hit wonder. Here's why:
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All of his songs are amazing. If the only Baauer song you've ever heard is "Harlem Shake," you have lots of explaining to do. This Mad Decent member has a ton of material, and it's all frigging fantastic. Dude is one of the most innovative artists on the trap-house scene. He's pushing the limits of that Dirty South sound even though he's an NYC guy. You can't listen to a trap set without hearing at least two Baauer tracks. Like, seriously, we dare you to find one. We'll wait.
He's one of the best EDM acts you'll ever see. Never witnessed Baauer live? Do it, do it, do it. His sets are relentlessly energetic, full-throttle experiences. And you better believe that when it's time to bang, he's gonna leave your cranium bleeding on the pavement. Still, he understands mood and dynamics. His back-to-back set with RL Grime was hands down the best set on Holy Ship!! 2013. And his mixes are perfect for runnin' that trap!
He's been producing since the age of 13. Y'all be runnin' 'round screaming about "Harlem Shake" like Baauer just hopped in the game. But no, sir. As the 24-year-old told Fact Magazine, he's been producing since the tender age of 13. And he even had a hit before becoming Baauer (which, BTW, is his middle name with an extra a) when one of his tracks, produced under former moniker Captain Harry, got heavy play on Kissy Sell Out's BBC radio show. So yeah, this dude's got more than a decade of experience, bruh. Deal with it.
He's worked with some serious talent. Before he scored his big Billboard number one hit, Baauer was already doing official remixes for some of the buzziest names in EDM and pop. He put out a hugely successful version of Nero's "Won't You (Be There)." His take on No Doubt's "Settle Down" was nothing short of sublime. And more recently, he reworked rising UK stars Disclosure's "You and Me." Of course, though, he's trying to break into the hip-hop game, and it's only a matter of time before some progressive rapper hops on the Baauer bang bus. The trap's been set.
He has a superintense work ethic. Homie is no joke. He got really serious about his career after adopting the Baauer moniker. And in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, the DJ-producer recalled the moment when he hunkered down in the studio and changed his life. "I told myself I was going to really commit to this one thing and pursue it full-time. So I just started practicing all the time, making beats. I'd start a beat and make myself finish it by the end of the day." Dayum, son. That's how you make them hits.