On Feb. 6, 23-year-old Harry Bauer Rodrigues was on tour in Vancouver enjoying the gradual climb of a promising career as a DJ/producer.
Just a year before, he had spent a lazy day making “Harlem Shake” in his bedroom studio in Brooklyn. He gave the track the booty-popping BPM of hip-hop with the buildup/drop arc of dance music, plus Dutch house synth riffs, a rap sample, animal noises and drum’n’bass-inspired sub-bass-an unlikely collection of inspirations, cultural moments and sounds, coming together in one killer basement party. When it was done, he did what any 23-year-old would do: “I put it online, just to show people.”
The Harlem Shake
video craze went from
dorm rooms to
Even the Marines got a couple videos up,
check this one out…
Harlem Shake (original Marines edition)