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Joe Bermudez is certainly no stranger to the Billboard charts. But once again, he’s sitting on top of them.
The Boston DJ/producer has seen his latest hit “Crazy Enough” reach Number 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance Music Chart. In addition to his countless remixes for big-name artists (Britney, Rihanna, Selena, and others), this marks the third time Bermudez has reached peak position on the club chart with one of his original tracks, and this one is a collaboration with South African vocalist Louise Carver.
Billboard’s Dance Music Chart is determined as such: “This week’s most popular songs played in dance clubs, compiled from reports from a national sample of club DJs.” So Bermudez’s accomplishment, which comes in the track’s 12th week on the chart, is no small feat — especially when surveying the names underneath his, like Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, and Rita Ora.
The message behind the song is one that resonates with Bermudez.
“The song is about being yourself,” he tells Vanyaland. “When I was younger, I was bullied a lot. Looking back I’m glad I never let something like that change who I am and wanted others going through a similar experience to know that it’s going to be OK. Bullies may talk a mean game, but in the end they’re not crazy enough to walk a mile in your shoes.”
And speaking of walking miles, it appears that’s what Bermudez and Carver did in filming the video, which takes the duo to more than a few recognizable places around the Boston area.
“The video was shot all over town,” Bermudez adds. “The concert scenes were filmed at Brighton Music Hall in Allston. A lot of the dancing in the streets was filmed at Newton Corner. Some of it was shot under I-93 over by Lynch Family Skatepark in Cambridge. The football field is Daly Field in Brighton where Simmons College plays. The car shots were filmed driving down the Mass Pike. And the cool performance shot with the lights was done in a living room in Watertown.”