News__ Grizzly King: Q+A with Baauer

June 29, 2012 | By


Baauer even looks a bit like a fierce grizzly.

Baauer is the latest sensation off Mad Decent's Jeffree's imprint. His single "Harlem Shake" has been making dancefloors erupt across the world since its release and the 22-year-old Brooklyn native is just getting started. He's touring the world, jumping on to help mix BBC Radio 1 tapes with Diplo, and playing tonight at the grand finale of the hottest party to hit NYC in the last decade: hearty's Summer in Training.

We caught up with Baauer to talk about his love for Pretty Flacko, spirit animals and frozen Ikea meatballs. Catch him tonight headlining Summer In Training Vol. 5 at Tribeca Grand with your devoted hosts the #HRTY crew and guest DJs and hosts from US emcee collective #BEEN #TRILL. Come early to guarantee entry, we filled house last week and this is your very last chance!

Read our interview with Baauer below.

Can a Brooklyn kid like you actually Harlem Shake?

Yes.

Tell me about the trajectory of how you went from making techno and house to trap and hip hop?

I had been making house music for years and years, but always felt like I was falling short of the sound I wanted. I started making some hip hop bootleg remixes for fun, and it felt really natural and fresh, so I stuck with it!

Where'd the name Baauer come from?

It's my middle name.

What'd you listen to growing up?

Rafi. Banana phone changed the way I think about music. And bananas.

What can people at "hearty magazine Presents Summer in Training"
expect from your set on Friday?

A mish mash of hyped up bass heavy club tracks, with an emphasis on hip hop!

Anyone you're dying to work with?

A$AP Rocky is someone I'd love to work with. He has a great style which I think would match my production pretty well.

What's next in your music career?

Lots of collaborations with fellow hiphop producers, and an EP coming in the fall!

What's your fashion style like--any brands you're repping hard?

I only wear gucci sweatpants and Von Dutch tees.

What's your go to midnight snack?

Frozen Ikea meatballs.

What's your spirit animal?

The mighty grizzly. King of the kodiac.

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