First known as Clockwork, now as the alter ego RL Grime- the young Henry Steinway, 24, is no stranger to the world of trap. Primarily a solo DJ, he is also know for going back to back with EDM’s biggest names: Diplo, Skrillex, Baauer, Cashmere Cat, What So Not, and a plethora of others. In 2015, he toured non-stop playing nearly every Northern American music festival along with many international festivals and venues.
Known globally for his iconic instrumental hip-hop sounds with tremendous beat drops, he remixes both the old and the new. For the past several years, RL Grime has released an annual Halloween mixtape- each an hour long mix of his original music intertwined with remixes of some of pop culture’s top hip-hop tracks. This year’s mix included an intro by comedian Hannibal Buress saying he has the beats to be “Chicago’s Avicii” and he wants to make that “Swedish festival money.”
RL Grime’s hit remix singles in the past have included Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”, Kanye’s “Mercy”, and Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa.” Every mix has been building and leading into one of today’s biggest hip-hop remixes: “The Hills.” The Weeknd’s remix was released this October not long before but was included in the 2015 Halloween Mix, and can be heard in night clubs and on radio stations across the country.
Houston’s premiere concert venue, Stereo Live, is known throughout for bringing the hottest DJs to their venue. For the very first time, RL Grime, played this iconic EDM venue and sold out a week before the show.
With an opening lineup perfect to set up for the trap god, fans awaited anxiously as the crowd grew and RL Grime’s set neared. Opening with “Valhalla”, a track off his debut studio album that released last year, he played many originals and many remixes, but in with the set was a few unreleased original music.
2015 was a big year for the young DJ. Each and every track, no matter if it is an hour long mix or a single, leaves EDM junkies thinking it can’t get any better than it is- but it does. With each release, RL Grime continues to shock fans by doing the impossible and a topping the last best. It was the electrifying unreleased music he played during Houston’s set that has us unbelievably more excited than ever for 2016.
photos and story by Rebecca Reece- fully copyrighted.