The man who re-defined going viral: Baauer himself, in full flesh and high spirits. Captured live at the HARD Miami Beach Party.
Born and raised in Connecticut, young Baauer fell in love with the grimey severity of almost nearby Staten Island. Like for many of his white middle class contemporaries Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was more than just a hardcore posse rap LP with kung-fu samples, but a wake-up call to please go ahead and do something a bit more exciting with your life. Before he got to turn east coast bass music upside down with his trademark mix of different sub-bass stylings that nod to Hackney, Atlanta, Glasgow, and New Orleans, Baauer was known as a house and electro DJ by the name of Cap’n Harry. A moniker and stylistic alignment he soon traded for the take-no-prisoners approach of heavy-hitting signatunes like Dum Dum or, of course, the phenomenon that is Harlem Shake. While many seem keen to put him in the trap category, Baauer has a more reasonable explanation for the kind of highly effective bangers he has been releasing on quality imprints like LuckyMe or Mad Decent’s Jeffrees: “It’s hip hop born from the internet”. In an attempt to free himself of the expectations that inevitably come with having a global hit single, Baauer has taken a different approach for his eagerly awaited full-length debut: he and his production partner Nick Hook went on a trip around the world, searching for unique sounds which the world wide web still can’t offer. Highlights of their musical journey were captured in the documentary Searching For Sound.