RL Grime

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RL Grime
Spring Awakening Music Festival 6 16 2013 (9155046113) (cropped).jpg
Performing in 2013 at Spring Awakening
Background information
Birth name Henry Alfred Steinway
Also known as Clockwork (2011 - 2014)
Born (1991-02-08) February 8, 1991 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Trap, future bass, drum and bass
(as RL Grime)
Electro house, big room house, dutch house
(as Clockwork)
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Years active 2011–present
Labels WeDidIt, Fool's Gold, Mad Decent, Dim Mak Records
Associated acts D33J, What So Not, Ryan Hemsworth, Shlohmo, Baauer, Just Blaze, Flosstradamus, Skrillex
Website rlgri.me

Henry Alfred Steinway (born February 8, 1991), better known by his current stage name, RL Grime,[1] (previously known as Clockwork)[2] is an American producer of trap, grime and bass music, and member of the Los Angeles electronic music collective WeDidIt.[3][4][5] His debut Grapes EP was released in April 2012 on WeDidIt.[6][7] His follow-up EP High Beams was released in July 2013 on Fool's Gold Records, which debuted at #8 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart.[8][9][10] RL Grime has produced remixes for Benny Benassi,[11] Chief Keef,[12] Jamie Lidell,[13] and Shlohmo.[14] His second studio album, Nova, was released in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Steinway grew up in Los Angeles, California.[15] There, he attended Windward School in Mar Vista. In 2009, he graduated from Windward and enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a focus in music business.[16] In 2010 after his freshman year, he transferred from Northeastern to New York University, majoring in music business.[17] In 2012, Steinway moved back to Los Angeles and currently resides there.

Music career[edit]

In 2011 RL Grime joined the WeDidIt collective with fellow Los Angeles-born producers Shlohmo, Groundislava, and D33J.[18] In April 2012, he released his debut release on the WeDidIt label, the Grapes EP, featuring four original tracks and remixes from Shlohmo, Salva, and LOL Boys.

In June 2012, RL Grime teamed up with producer Salva for a remix of Kanye West's "Mercy", which has garnered over eight million plays on SoundCloud and was called by The Fader "just massive, as if hail and tsunami waves were both byproducts of bass."[19] In December 2012, RL Grime was tapped for an official remix of Benny Benassi's notorious song "Satisfaction", which gained over one million Soundcloud streams and charted in the top five on the Beatport electro house chart.[3]

In July 2013, RL Grime released his High Beams EP on Fool's Gold Records, a five-track EP featuring producer Salva and Los Angeles, California rapper Problem.[20] The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart, and #8 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[8]

RL Grime collaborated with like-minded producer Baauer on the track "Infinite Daps" in November 2013. Both producers toured together throughout July and August 2013, along with Ryan Hemsworth and Jim-E Stack.[21]

His debut studio album, Void, was released on November 14, 2014.[22] It featured guest appearances from Big Sean and Boys Noize among others.

On May 30, 2017, RL Grime announced his second studio album, Nova.[23] The album was released on July 27, 2018 through WeDidIt Records,[24] and featured collaborations with Miguel, Julia Michaels, Chief Keef, Ty Dolla Sign, 24HRS and Joji.[25] The album's lead single, "I Wanna Know", was released on March 16, 2018, followed by "Undo" on June 13, 2018,[26][27] and "Pressure" on July 11, 2018.[28] Commenting on the album's concept, Henry stated: "NOVA' came from obsessive ideation on growth and on transition. The art and stories and the moments that inspired me through this record tend to explore this as well. The feeling of leaving behind what was, and of welcoming the foreign. Throughout the process, I had this vision of a 'nova' or of a star no bigger than a person launching from earth into outer space and expanding endlessly until its light was all that we could see. That's the feeling I get from these records, infinite light."[29] The album's last single, "Light Me Up", which featured the vocals of Miguel and Julia Michaels, was released on July 25, 2018.[30] Initially an unused Jack Ü demo which was shown to Grime by Diplo, Grime decided to build the demo out and have Miguel's and Michaels' vocals recut, since he felt that the album required a "summery vibe" to it.[31]



  • Void (2014, WeDidIt)
  • Nova (2018, WeDidIt)


  • AYOO / Think (2011, DirtyNitrus) (as Clockwork)
  • Clipz (2011)
  • Squad Up (2012, Dim Mak) (as Clockwork)
  • Grapes (2012, WeDidIt)
  • Titan (2012, Mad Decent) (as Clockwork)
  • High Beams (2013, Fools Gold Records)


  • "Trap on Acid" (2012)
  • "Flood" [A.K.A "Flood the Block"] (2012)
  • "Because of U" (2013)
  • "Blitz" (2013) (as Clockwork)
  • "Infinite Daps" (with Baauer) (2013)
  • "Tell Me" (with What So Not) (2014)
  • "Champion" (2014) (as Clockwork)
  • "Infinite Mana" (with Congorock) (2014) (as Clockwork)
  • "Core" (2014)
  • "Reminder" (with How To Dress Well) (2014)
  • "Scylla" (2014)
  • "Kingpin" (with Big Sean) (2014)
  • "Golden State" (2015)
  • "Aurora" (2016)
  • "Waiting" (with What So Not and Skrillex) (2016)
  • "Reims" (2017)
  • "Stay For It" (with Miguel) (2017)
  • "Era" (2017)
  • "I Wanna Know" (with Daya) (2018)
  • "Undo" (featuring Jeremih and Tory Lanez) (2018)
  • "Pressure" (2018)
  • "Light Me Up" (featuring Miguel and Julia Michaels) (2018)[30]


  • Tory Lanez - "I-95", (co-produced with Tory Lanez, Noah Breakfast, and Grave Goods) from "Lost Cause" (2014)
  • Tory Lanez - "In For It", (produced by RL Grime) (2014)
  • Big Sean - "Light It Up" (featuring 2 Chainz) [co-produced by Noah Breakfast] (2016)



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  2. ^ "RL Grime And Clockwork Is The Same Person, And He Stays Busy". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-11-01. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Baauer & RL Grime Drop Huge Trap Anthem 'Infinite Daps' : Trap / Bass [Free Download] " this song is sick". Thissongissick.com. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
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  9. ^ "RL Grime High Beams EP". pitchrork.com. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  10. ^ "RL Grime – High Beams EP". thissongslaps.com. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix) : Massive Trap Remix (Full Version)". thissongissick.com. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Chief Keef, "Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)" MP3". thefader.com. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Hear RL Grime and Salva's Rattling Trap Remix of Jamie Lidell's 'What a Shame'". spin.com. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Shlohmo – The Way U Do (RL Grime Remix) : Extra Chill Sunday Remix". thissongissick.com. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
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  22. ^ "Here's the Cinematic Trailer For RL Grime's New Album". Complex. Retrieved 28 July 2018. 
  23. ^ Erik Mahal, "RL GRIME OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘NOVA’, NEW SINGLE PREMIERING NEXT WEEK", EDMSauce, 30-05-2017. Retrieved 24-10-2017.
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  28. ^ Castillo, Ryan (July 11, 2018). "RL Grime releases newest track, 'Pressure' from forthcoming sophomore album". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018. 
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