Baauer is probably not the first name you think of when someone asks you to list a few popular DJs. In fact, if you ask a few people off the street if they have ever even heard of the 24-year-old American DJ, their answer will probably be, “Who?” But if you ask them if they have heard of the 2013 viral hit on YouTube, ‘Harlem Shake’, I guarantee their answer will be much different.
Videos with anywhere from 10 to 300 people performing various renditions of ‘Harlem Shake’ became a huge hit on YouTube last year, catapulting the song to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. This goes to show that EDM fans or not, Baauer has music that can reach the masses (and that people are insane and potentially have too much time on their hands).
‘Harlem Shake’ wasn’t all that Baauer has to offer the dance genre though. Baauer’s music is perfect for non-hardcore EDM fans or fans who are just being introduced to EDM. He does a great job of blending hip-hop and EDM and has become one of the top artists in the rising hip-hop EDM fusion genre known as trap.
The hip-hop dance scene has also caught on to the popularity of the Baauer’s effortless blend of hip-hop and EDM. A lot of choreographers and hip-hop dance teams are creating the dopest routines to Baauer’s music and remixes these days. The simple, yet enjoyable beats allows choreographers to really create a dynamic piece to captivate an audience.
It’s a common idea that EDM is primarily meant for raging at the club, but you can listen to Baauer’s music while driving in your car on a hot summer day. The hip-hop influences in his music make you want to cruise down the freeway with your window down, move your head to the heavy basses, and maybe throw a deuce to your neighboring cars.
However, while you can chill-groove to his hypnotic beats with all your friends at a day party, make no mistake in thinking Baauer isn’t equally a pro at throwing it down at night. When he drops ‘DumDum’ or ‘Slip’, I am sure you and your friends will have your drinks in the air yelling “Ooooooh!” grooving side to side and snapping to the snares. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to grab the person next to you and say, “This is my sh1^!” And it’s the recognition of Baauer’s ability to reach audiences and get your groove on that landed him a residency at top Vegas nightclub, LIGHT by Cirque du Soleil. Baauer’s beats plus Light’s dancers? Come on.