Hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harry Bauer Rodrigues, better known by his fans as Baauer, has been producing since the young age of 13, but it was his 2012 single "Harlem Shake" that catapulted him to the mainstage, making him a staple in the realm of respected and closely-watched artists.

At long last, the producer has announced his debut LP and to promote, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He took advantage of the high-profile stage to premiere his single "Day Ones" featuring Novelist and Leikeli47. In what's already being dubbed one of the most "gangster" performances as of late, Baauer literally performed the song from the couch where Colbert's guests usually sit.

Well, "performed" is not the right word and I don't think "gangster" is either, and neither of those words seem like ones Baauer would use himself. Baauer did what he believes was the only thing he could do. Instead of "performing" the track from the thrown of an elevated DJ booth (where it's easy to make it look like you're doing a lot more than you actually are), he chose to chill off to the side where he could easily sit with his laptop, giving Leikeli47 the full stage to drop her badass skills in what was a truly captivating performance.

Whether Baauer was intentionally trying to make a statement or not, his decision to not really perform the track and instead let his collaborator do what she was born to do is refreshing because it's honest. It's not fluffing or dressing up something that it's not. It's exactly what it is, and actually something that deadmau5 has candidly talked about several times.

"We all hit play. It's no secret. When it comes to 'live' performance of EDM . . . that's about the most it seems you can do anyway."

When you are a producer, what really matters is what you can do in the studio, not what you look like on stage. And trying to look a certain way on stage actually only perpetuates the inaccurate perceptions of producers.

"My 'skills' and other PRODUCERS skills shine where it needs to shine . . . in the goddamned studio, and on the fucking releases. That's what counts . . . because this whole big 'EDM' is taking over fad... I'm not going to let it go thinking that people assume theres a guy on a laptop up there producing new original tracks on the fly. Because none of the 'top DJs in the world' to my knowledge have. Myself included," Joel Zimmerman wrote.

The second the song ends, Baauer goes to hug Leikeli47 and you can read his lips saying to her, "that was awesome." So if being real and just humble and friendly is how you define gangster - then I guess yeah, Baauer's move was pretty gangster. Either way, the track is worth the listen and the performance by rapper Leikeli47 is worth the watch.

Baauer's debut album Aa (pronounced "double a") features collaborations with Future, M.I.A, Pusha T and Rustie, among others.


01 Church
02 GoGo!
03 Body
04 Pinku
05 Sow
06 Day Ones [ft. Novelist & Leikeli 47]
07 Good & Bad
08 Way From Me [ft. Tirzah]
09 Temple [ft. M.I.A. & G Dragon]
10 Make it Bang [ft. TT the Artist]
11 Kung Fu [ft. Pusha T & Future]
12 Church Reprise [ft. Rustie]
13 A,a

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