It was April when Harrison Rodrigues aka Baauer introduced himself to Discord & Twitch. The producer, like several others, turned to these new networks to connect with his audience. Tours and festivals were being continuously re-scheduled or cancelled, as fans and artists alike wondered what was next. The uncertainty of the future ran high as we all attempted to navigate living through our first global pandemic.
Baauer’s Twitch streams are an escape that many have needed. As our planet erupts in fires, earthquakes, sickness, violence, and hate, Baauer’s streams provided a portal away from it all. Fans have watched an artist react and create during major historical events, and as he has grown into the medium, the community he’s built has grown with him. In a challenging year, Baauer’s Twitch and Discord community became a much-needed respite from the anger and hostility of the world.
Into 2021, Baauer has continued to stream. He’s baked bread, hosted beat battles with a host of guest judges including Hudson Mohawke, Flume, Kenny Beats, Diplo, Rebecca Black & Four Tet – and made an entirely new compilation of work on air —The BopTape, a free mixtape hosted by comedian Patti Harrison.
On November 13th, 2020, I spoke to Baauer in a live-streamed interview on Twitch. The GRAMMY® nominated producer and I talked about his career and the making of Planet’s Mad & The Boptape.
Read the rest of our conversation on LuckyMe.