“Run the trap!” and “Damn son, where’d you find this?” are two phrases that most people would not know of if it wasn’t for Flosstradamus’ remix of “Original Don” by Major Lazer, which quickly became the anthem of summer 2012. This song opened the door for artist to produce a new version of trap music that has gained popularity faster than any other EDM sub-genre I know of. Flosstradamus, RL Grime, ƱZ, TNGHT, and Brooklyn’s finest, Baauer, all are releasing tracks that could be described as a mixture of hip-hop and electronic with characteristics of snappy snares and high hats, pitched down vocals, and heavy bass.
This past weekend, I took a break from the Chicago nightlife scene to see Baauer play The Miramar Theatre in downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin. The Miramar Theatre’s capacity is 325, which made this show an intimate experience. As we walked into The Miramar around 11, the place was already packed and getting wild. The theatre was old, not crappy old, but just old in age. Seats lined the venue about ten rows deep with a dance floor in the middle. The openers, Strehlow & Bardeenz, DJ Bizzon, Antics, and Whyb, all took turns on the tables warming up the crowd. Out of all the openers, Antics stood out to me the most. This dynamic duo from Milwaukee had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand. Throwing down dubby house beats with a splash of moombahton. Some highlights were, “Bootleg Fireworks (Burning up)” by Dillon Francis, “Make it Bun Dem” by Skrillex featuring Damien Marley (Antics Remix), and original tracks off their EP Crush, which can be downloaded here.
Around 12:30, Baauer got behind the decks and the place lost control. If you have never seen Baauer before, let me start by saying that you are in for a treat. This 22 year old producer finds his inspiration in the raw energy of southern hip-hop, creating tracks that will have you dancing all night long. He started his set off with “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi (RL Grime remix) and before I knew it, everyone in the theatre was running the trap, throwing both elbows in the air as if they were trying to get a semi-truck driver to honk his horn. His set consisted heavily of trap and hip-hop which included, “Gamecube Nintendo” by gLAdiator & Chromatic, “Underground Anthem” by Flosstradamus, “Wont you (Be There)” by Nero (Baauer remix), “Suicidal Thoughts” by Notorious B.I.G. (Baauer remix), “Pop That” by French Montana featuring Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Drake (Baauer remix), and my personal favorite- a moombahton remix of “Roll up” by Flosstradamus. The best thing about going to a Baauer show is watching how much he enjoys playing for the crowd. The entire show he dances just as hard as his fans, making the whole experience feel like you’re at a house party. He brought his set to a close with a remix of “My Pony” by Ginuwine, this had the crowd singing and swaying. Everyone loved that he ended the night with this throw back jam. Baauer definitely proved why he is currently one of the front runners in the trap game with this show. Don’t miss your chance to see this rising star as he continues to make a name for himself in the EDM world.