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Steve Aoki Remixes Iconic Cowboy Bebop Theme “Tank!” [LISTEN]

To celebrate the release of COWBOY BEBOP on November 19, Netflix hosted an exclusive listening party and conversation with Japanese-American DJ/producer Steve Aoki to discuss his exclusive remix of “Tank!,” the renowned theme song by acclaimed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno. Aoki performed this one-time remix at the Los Angeles premiere of COWBOY BEBOP on November 11, which was simultaneously live-streamed on Aoki’s social media platforms.

The virtual conversation focused on Aoki’s process and his inspiration for remixing Kanno’s iconic anime soundtrack as a Japanese American. As an award-winning artist and one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world as well as a longtime fan of COWBOY BEBOP, Aoki’s remix exemplifies that music is universal, timeless, and transcends across countries while paying homage to the Japanese roots of the series.

Check out the remix below!

 

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Steve Aoki debuts his underground side-project with new single “Aurora”

Steve Aoki has never been one to be pigeon holed into a specific genre, though ‘mainstage-centric’ is definitely the vibe he gives off. Still, his most recent album, Neon Future IV, showed off a lot of diversity and he continues it this year with a release on MDLBEAST Records and a new side project.

MDLBEAST Records welcomes Aoki’s project Ninja Attack to the label with his new release “Aurora.” Riding on deep, driving bass lines and minimal dark melodies via an adventurous leftfield offering, “Aurora” is right at home in the underground house and techno venues around the globe.

“Aurora” is the next step towards the release of MDLBEAST’s forthcoming “SOUNDSTORM Vol. 1” album, following previous forward-thinking singles – Salvatore Ganacci’s “Fight Dirty,” Cosmicat’s “Toxic Romance,” Butch’s “Testarossa” and R3HAB, Skytech & Fafaq’s “Sorry I Missed Your Call.”

SOUNDSTORM was a cultural catalyst for Saudi youth, which will be back in action in December 2021 with a star-studded line-up. Until then, keep an eye out for further releases from this exciting imprint, and check out “Aurora” below.

 

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Steve Aoki To Be Inducted into The Asian Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Ten distinguished icons from the United States and worldwide will be inducted into Asian Hall of Fame for their legacy, philanthropy, and inter-racial equity.

Established in 2004, Asian Hall of Fame advances equality by elevating Asian contributions in national and international narratives. It fosters year-round events and advocates for 4 billion Asians, AAPI, and indigenous tribes globally. Past inductees include Bruce Lee, Kristi Yamaguchi, Connie Chung among others.

Included in the Class of 2021 is popular Asian producer/DJ Steve Aoki. The first Asian DJ producer to achieve global recognition in electronic dance music, Aoki is the son of Benihana founder Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki and his philanthropy advances neurology research. He has long commanded one of the most rigorous and intense touring schedules in dance music, sometimes playing hundreds of shows a year while always exhibiting a degree of excellence in performance.

The Asian Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held virtually on November 13. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer drummer Danny Seraphine will headline. Frank Buckley of KTLA 5 is Master of Ceremonies.

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Steve Aoki & Armin van Buuren Drop First-Ever Collab Together “Music Means Love Forever” [LISTEN]

Longtime friends and peers Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren have finally teamed up together on “Music Means Love Forever.”

The anthem is a perfect fusion of both artists’ distinct sounds, working in a mix of Aoki’s big room electro energy and Armin’s signature progressive trance stylings. The sentiment of the track is as wholesome as it gets — “Music Means Love Forever — Move, Unite, Dance, Together!”

Previously in 2020, the EDM titans swapped remixes — Armin and Avian Grays provided a remix for Aoki’s “I Love My Friends” with Icona Pop and Aoki dropped his ‘I Am The Captain Now’ Remix for Armin’s “Mr. Navigator.”

Steve Aoki says of the release:

I’m so excited to share this new track Armin van Buuren & I collaborated on together, Music Means Love Forever. It’s a song celebrating dance music and all of the emotions that come with experiencing it. We played it out live together at Electric Love Festival this summer in a true celebration getting the chance to dance together once again.

Armin van Buuren states:

After remixing each other’s tracks, Steve and I thought it’d be a great idea to join forces in the studio. I am a great admirer of Steve and I’m loving our brand-new collab. The title is pretty self-explanatory; music is a universal language and a language of love to many people as well. I can’t wait for everyone to make memories to this track!

Listen here!

Steve Aoki & Armin van Buuren – Music Means Love Forever

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Steve Aoki & Armin van Buuren Rinse Out New Collab ID “Music Means Love Forever” [WATCH]

Steve Aoki and Armin van Buuren are joining forces on a massive collaboration — an anthem that declares “Music Means Love Forever.”

The dance music maestros have been rinsing out this new production in recent sets, much to the excitement of both fan bases. The song features epic builds and releases well equipped for the main stage, along with a robotic chant that repeats: “Move, Unite, Dance, Together — Music Means Love Forever!”

Previously, Armin van Buuren and Avian Grays provided a remix for Steve Aoki’s “I Love My Friends” with Icona Pop and Steve Aoki dropped his ‘I Am The Captain Now’ Remix for Armin’s “Mr. Navigator.” This upcoming release will mark the first time they’ve officially collaborated together.

The “Music Means Love Forever” ID played out during Steve Aoki’s set at Escapade Music Festival in Ottawa, Canada over the weekend. Before that, Aoki and Armin dropped the track at Electric Love Festival in Salzburgring, Austria in July.

Watch here!

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Lollapalooza Streams Live on Hulu This Weekend with Steve Aoki, Jauz, Oliver Heldens & More

Lollapalooza returns tomorrow and will be streamed live from Grant Park in Chicago.

Hulu and Lolla have partnered up to present a handful of in-demand acts each day in this ad-free experience. While Hulu doesn’t offer the ability to hop stages and build custom schedules, it does offer hours of entertainment running Thursday – Sunday straight from the Lollapalooza festival grounds.

Steve Aoki, Tyler The Creator, Post Malone and Foo Fighters will headline the stream on each respective night. Plus, Jauz, Oliver Heldens, Dr. Fresch, Riot Ten, Dombresky, Vintage Culture and more. With Young Thug, Journey and Modest Mouse in the mix, Lolla offers an eclectic mix of acts as always.

C3 Presents‘ Courtney Trucksess shares on the live stream, via Billboard: “We are thrilled to be partnering for the first time with Hulu for this year’s livestream and are excited that the Lollapalooza fans who cannot be with us in Chicago have such a great platform to experience the show.”

See the full schedule below and get live access here.

Lollapalooza x Hulu Live Stream Schedule 

Thursday, July 29

1:10 p.m. – Aly & AJ
1:30 p.m. – Ant Clemons
1:55 p.m. – MAX
3:20 p.m. – Dombresky
4:00 p.m. – Dayglow
5:10 p.m. – Black Pumas
6:20 p.m. – Jimmy Eat World
8:30 p.m. – Steve Aoki

Friday, July 30

1:30 p.m. – Tai Verdes
2:05 p.m. – Tobi Lou
4:05 p.m. – Emotional Oranges
4:40 p.m. – Riot Ten
6:15 p.m. – White Reaper
7:25 p.m. – Jauz
8:00 p.m. – Jack Harlow
9:05 – Tyler The Creator

Saturday, July 31

1:10 p.m. – Cannons
1:50 p.m. – Hinds
4:00 p.m. – Vintage Culture
5:00 p.m. – Young The Giant
8:00 p.m. – Oliver Heldens
8:30 p.m. – Journey
9:20 p.m. – Post Malone

Sunday, August 1

1:10 p.m. – Sir Chloe
1:30 p.m. – Flipp Dinero
3:30 p.m. – Dr. Fresch
4:05 p.m. – Young Thug
5:10 p.m. – The Front Bottoms
6:10 p.m. – Modest Mouse
7:15 p.m. – Band Of Horses
8:20 p.m. – Foo Fighters

 

Sources: Uproxx, Billboard | Photo Credit: Charles Reagan Hackleman

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Steve Aoki Partners with Seth Green Studio to Produce the First Episodic Series to Launch on the Blockchain

Steve Aoki has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to new trends. So it’s no surprise that he’s taking the blockchain to a new level by teaming up with Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios to produce DOMINION X, the first episodic series to launch on the  blockchain.

Minted from a custom smart contract with unique interactive traits built directly into the NFT via Ether Cards, Dominion X is Aoki’s third major NFT project in 2021 alone, following his successful Dream Catcher and Neon Future drops. Dominion X’s Debut Short ‘Level 1’ introduces us to the world of Character X, a character personified with Aoki’s signature fang face logo, and his obliviously contentious relationship with the diminutive Chonk and Swole. You can watch their worlds collide in this “1 of 1” animated NFT debut short as well as get a chance to own any one of the 15 individual scenes that make up the short and win one of the physical puppets used in the actual making of the short.

“I first met Seth and the team at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios when I was invited to do a cameo on Robot Chicken back in 2015,” Steve Aoki recalls. “Ever since then we’ve been trying to find another chance to work together. The idea of launching the first ever ‘TV’ series on the blockchain really excited me. We realized that through NFT’s we can combine the traditional stop-motion animation that Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is known for with innovative fan-driven concepts that I’m passionate about: collectibles, community building and gaming. And I love the fact that we’ve been able to bring Character X, a creature that literally personifies me, to life in a completely new world with new characters & new adventures.”

“Collaborating with an artist like Steve Aoki guarantees you’ll make something unique, accessible, and out of this world,” states Seth Green. “We love pushing the boundaries of entertainment through technology and are beyond excited to bring this experience to an audience.”

It arrives on August 2nd via Nifty Gateway, the exclusive NFT marketplace owned by Gemini founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and on www.DominionXshow.com.

“2021 has been an incredible year of growth and creativity in the crypto space and it inspires me to see artists and teams pushing the boundaries of what is possible,” Tyler Winklevoss adds. “Launching the first episodic series on the blockchain that fans can now own is the kind of novel use-case that only the NFT medium can provide. I am thrilled that this is launching on Nifty Gateway.”

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Steve Aoki Drops Afro-Beat Banger “Siliwa Hay” with Chemical Surf, Zafrir and Max-Africana

Steve Aoki is no stranger to experimenting with global sounds. After all, he’s a global icon himself, and one of the most prominent Asian-American entertainers around. Now, for his latest single, “Siliwa Hay” he’s going for a truly global production, enlisting Brazilian production duo Chemical Surf, Israeli producer Zafrir, and Ghanaian vocalist Max-Africana for an Afro-beat inspired track, that still has that unique Steve Aoki flair.

The track opens with a snare building up in the background alongside an African chant. After the buildup churns through, there’s a vocal chant/refrain. The drop is pretty much a four-four beat, with some tech-y synths in the background. However, it’s the vocal chant that differentiates the track from anything else. According to Zafrir, the vocal hook is a Ghanaian chant. Siliwa apparently translates to “flow and all the good things will be with you.” Sounds like a pretty good idea to me. The track continues with its incessant groove and worldly flair. Here’s what Steve had to say about “Siliwa Hay.”

“‘Siliwa Hay’ is my first collaboration with Chemical Surf and Zafrir, and it’s truly a global one. With Chemical Surf being from Brazil, Zafrir from Israel, and the track featuring vocals from Max-Africana, we were able to all come together to create this dance floor anthem that brings together each of our electronic sounds with a global rhythm that I can’t wait for you all to dance to.”

Check out the latest from Steve Aoki, Chemical Surf and Zafrir, “Siliwa Hay” featuring Max-Africana out now on Dim Mak.

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Steve Aoki Designed a $3,000 Bulgari Watch Made for Raves

Steve Aoki is undoubtedly one of the busiest people in dance music. Before COVID, he was racking up 200+ shows a year, runs a label, has a charity, hell he even opened up his own pizza joint. His entrepreneurial spirit never seems to be quenched, and now he’s helped design a new watch “made for raves” in collaboration with Bulgari.

As Bloomberg points out in their interview with Aoki, Bulgari and EDM don’t necessarily belong in the same sentence, and certainly not at $3,050. That being said, there will always be people who appreciate the finer things in life, and who also love to get sweaty at shows. The signature feature of the watch, says Bloomberg, is a Superluminova dial that lights up, “perfect for waving around at your next festival in lieu of a glow stick.”

Speaking about the collaboration, Aoki said, “Bulgari is art. With certain brands, they get to the point of a legacy where they just never depreciate. I’m a collector; I collect physical art and I’m a NFT guy. Bulgari just has that premium. It goes up in value and it has a history and culture. And it takes a lot of time, and being masters of your work, to get there. They’re just so high caliber, it’s such an honor to be able to work with them at this level.”

You can visit bulgari.com and sign up to be notified when the watch is available.

 

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Steve Aoki, GATTÜSO, and Aukoustics Reimagine R.E.M.’s Classic “Losing My Religion” ft. MKLA

Repurposing old rock classics for EDM covers and remixes has become oddly common over the past couple of years — maybe it’s a lack of original ideas, maybe it’s an appeal to an older audience, maybe the artist has a true appreciation for the classics. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. This week, Steve Aoki, GATTÜSO, and Aukoustics reimagine R.E.M.’s classic “Losing My Religion” with help from MKLA.

“Losing My Religion” is, by far, R.E.M.’s biggest song, outstreaming their next biggest song by three times on Spotify. And it’s for good reason. The melancholy tone of the song paired with the comparatively sparse lyrics present a wonderful depiction of, well, losing your religion.

And while this group of producers might have succeeded in creating a dancefloor anthem for the current era (whether they did or not is entirely subjective), it’s hard to deny that they lose a lot of the meaning of the song in the recreation.

“Losing My Religion is my favorite of all R.E.M. songs, and I loved them growing up as a kid,” Steve Aoki shares. “It was time to bring it back and make a 2021 version for the dancefloor that people wouldn’t expect. We flipped it and made it special.”

GATTÜSO adds, “Steve had a clear vision for how it would need to be sculpted and I learned a lot in the process. It’s great to see this plan come together after a lot of work, and I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

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NEW: Marshmello, Shöckface, Steve Aoki, So Sus + More – Your EDM | Week In Music

May is almost over and some of our favorite acts like Excision, Marshmello, Steve Aoki and many others have begun to bless us with new music. This week there is a little bit of everything for everyone! Are you looking for new music to aide your summer pool party? Steve Aoki has you covered with his new house anthem ‘Complicated.’ How about darker bouncy workout music? Shöckface’s latest record ‘METANÖIA’ is the perfect bouncy bass workout booster. Sit back, relax or continue doing whatever you are doing and stream Your EDM | Week In Music below.

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Excision and UBUR team up for a new slapper titled ‘Back To Back’ featuring Armanni Reign. The record is 3 minutes of pure sustained bass. These 2 exceptional producers leave their immaculate sound design on full display on their latest single out now on Subsida Records.

Shöckface released his debut EP ‘WAR WITH MYSELF’ a 3-track exploration into fusing pop, indie, and experimental bass. Without a doubt the sound is within its own lane. With features from Lauren Martinez, Still Haze, and mark veins the EP is a must listen.

Moore Kismet released their latest project ‘Flourish’ a 4-track deep dive into Moore’s signature melodic bass style. With collaborations from Laxcity, Summet, torr, and Chuck Sutton the project is a must listen to for bass and house music fans alike!

 

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Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge Lineup: Alison Wonderland, The Chainsmokers, Rezz, Tiësto & More

The debut lineup for Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge has been revealed, bringing the festival’s magic and fantasy to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time.

The two-day event features Alison Wonderland, The ChainsmokersRezz, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi, JOYRYDEMalaa, G Jones, Whipped Cream, Moore Kismet, Kayzo, Lucii and so many more. With over 65 acts across the electronic/dance music spectrum, there’s plenty to get excited about.

Beyond Wonderland goes down at The Gorge over October 1 – 2, 2021, with three nights of camping and two days of live music / art exploration in Washington. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 11 AM PT here.

Meanwhile, the Beyond Wonderland SoCal lineup is just as stacked, if not more. There’s some crossover, with Alison Wonderland, Tiësto, Dr. FreschKendoll, etc. — but overall, it’s one of the most versatile lineups we’ve seen this year.

The flagship event features DiploSubtronics, Flosstradamus, Infected Mushroom, Lady Faith, DJ Diesel, Paul Oakenfold, Nicole Moudaber, and so many more. Plus, takeovers from Space Yacht, Diplo’s Higher Ground, Insomniac Records and Factory 93, among others.

It all goes down over August 27 & 28 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. Tickets for Beyond Wonderland SoCal are available here.

Check out both lineups below experience Beyond Wonderland in 2021.

Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge 2021 Lineup

Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2021 Lineup

 

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Dim Mak Mixes Retro and Fresh Fashion with 1990’s-Inspired ‘Dim Mak x the Powerpuff Girls’ Capsule

Dim Mak’s latest clothing drop tugs at the heartstrings of 90’s kids everywhere.

The record label and lifestyle brand, led by the one and only Steve Aoki, reveals a fresh collaboration with The Powerpuff Girls.

The retro streetwear capsule creates nostalgia for the Cartoon Network. The capsule’s aesthetic uses bold graphics, retro designs and plenty of color, applied to a range of classic silhouettes.

Among the most iconic pieces of the collection are a range of tees and sweatshirts that depict Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup teaming up to take down their notorious nemesis, Mojo Jojo. Perhaps more importantly than the style the capsule offers, is then unifying message behind the collaboration.

Aoki shares in a statement:

“Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup fight for justice and defeat the bad guys all while being unapologetically themselves. Raised by women, my superheroes were my mother and my sisters. To value kindness, compassion, and lead with empathy but also stand and fight for the values integral to you was their code. They taught me that no matter what anyone says or does be whoever you want to be … by any means necessary!”

Shop the streetwear capsule here!

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Tomorrowland Announces First Wave of Around the World Performers

Tomorrowland has just begun rolling out the lineup for its second installment of Around the World virtual festival, set to take place this July 16 & 17 on the magical Island Pāpiliōnem.

So far, Armin van Buuren, Claptone, Nicky Romero, Adam Beyer and Tale of Us have been revealed as part of the spectacular two-day digital music festival experience. Best believe there are plenty more acts yet to be announced as Tomorrowland continues to set the bar high for livestream events.

Last year’s Around the World event hosted exclusive performances from Katy Perry, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Eric Prydz, Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens and many more.

In addition to the planet’s biggest names in electronic dance music, attendees can expect the world’s best technology in 3D design, video production and special effects.

As for Tomorrowland’s signature in-person event, more information is expected at the end of May. Organizers share via social media — “we strongly hope we can unite again later this summer at the Holy Grounds of Tomorrowland.”

Tickets for Around the World go on sale this Thursday, May 6. Info on tickets and packages here.

On July 16th & 17th the magical Island Pāpiliōnem will welcome the People of Tomorrow to the second edition of Tomorrowland – Around the World. First names: @arminvanbuuren, @Claptone_, @nickyromero, @realAdamBeyer, and @TaleOfUs. Tickets go On Sale this Thursday at 15:00 CEST. pic.twitter.com/Ci5xZ5owOK

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Tomorrowland to Throw 2nd Installment of ‘Around the World’ Virtual Festival this Summer

Tomorrowland Around the World is happening once again this July, bringing together a virtual audience for a unique online festival experience.

The series debuted last July amid the pandemic, as Tomorrowland’s flagship in-person event was forced to cancel. Around the World was groundbreaking to say the least, marking one of the first major festivals to go digital and winning a prestigious award for digital design and development.

Last year’s event hosted exclusive performances from Katy Perry, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Eric Prydz, Charlotte de Witte, Amelie Lens and many more, which ticketholders could access for a limited amount of time following the live broadcast. The festival also brought back their virtual world for a special NYE stream featuring David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Boys Noize, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic, and more.

Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland, previously shared of the concept: “For us it’s a bit re-inventing the festival experience, but we truly believe that we can bring the spirit of Tomorrowland and entertainment at the highest level to people and homes around the globe.”

Tomorrowland is remaining as optimistic as possible for its proposed dates, set for end of August and early September. Beers just revealed to Billboard, “We’re still positive, although we realize we’re in a very complex situation.”

Keep a look out for more information on Tomorrowland Around the World here.

Tomorrowland Around the World 2020 | Official Aftermovie

 

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Steve Aoki, NERVO & The Magician feature on Deezer’s Beethoven Remixed

Classical pieces of music like “In The Hall of The Mountain King,” “Adagio for Strings,” “Symphony No. 5,” “Winter from Four Seasons,” and more have been remixed over time in the electronic music world. But never before has there been a concerted effort, especially from a streaming platform, to gather remixes for a specific composer.

Beethoven Remixed, an extensive, 14-track release, gives music fans the chance to hear their favorite electronic artists mash up the concert hall with the dance floor. Each track features innovative, modern-day reimaginings of some of classical music’s most iconic compositions, such as “Moonlight Sonata,” the most popular piano piece sampled by the featured DJs. This boundary-pushing and first-of-its-kind release combines the timeless sounds of classical music, with the infectious vibrancy of contemporary electronica, like never before.

Highlights include a remix from Steve Aoki, who delivers a slick, club-ready take on the iconic “Pathétique Sonata,” while losing none of the sophisticated emotion that characterises the original composition.

“Out of all the compositions that I heard from Beethoven that I was able to remix, I picked ‘Pathétique’ because it spoke to me the most,” Steve Aoki explains. “When I’m in the studio and I’m listening to all the different samples or different ways that I could remix, I heard elements in “Pathétique” that I knew I could start tinkering with. And as I went down that road, it just felt natural.”

Dutch duo Blasterjaxx rework the similarly cherished “Moonlight Sonata,” juxtaposing its understated beauty with a mammoth drop. Aussie twins NERVO opt for a more refined, cinematic reinterpretation of the same composition, while Parisian rave queen Anetha sculpts it into a pounding techno cut.

NERVO added: “We chose the ‘Moonlight Sonata’ because the piano playing is nothing we could ever do. It was such a privilege to be able to work with that, and 132 bpm is great for a dance record and the sample worked well with that! We added the main melody with a cello, which added warmth to the record. We played around with this, we thought we would go harder with a synth sound, but ended coming back to the cello.”

Beethoven Remixed is part of Deezer’s “Originals” series and is a companion piece to the contemporary classical piano album Beethoven Recomposed.

Deezer’s Beethoven Remixed is available to stream worldwide today. Check it out here.

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Electric Zoo Supernaturals Announces Lineup And Day By Day Breakdown For 2021

If this past week has signaled anything, it’s that festivals are coming back. And in force. Lineup announce after lineup announce has flooded social timelines and it feels like the world is beginning to reopen little by little.

As the countdown continues to New York’s much anticipated Electric Zoo Supernaturals festival on Labour Day Weekend 2021, the event just revealed a huge next wave of DJs and live acts from across the musical spectrum. Lining up 50% more DJs that “embody the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the likes of Fisher will be playing a special sunset set, while superstars Galantis, Rezz, KSHMR, Steve Aoki and Claptone have all been added to fan favorites like Illenium, Kaskade, deadmau5 under his Testpilot moniker, Alesso and many more, with final day by day breakdowns also revealed.

This marquee festival takes place at Randall’s Island Park with the iconic New York skyline forming a dramatic backdrop. It is celebrated around the world for its next level stages hoisted by Brownies & Lemonade, Deadbeats and Wakaan. Each one comes with immersive décor, explosive pyrotechnic displays and supercharged musical performances from a wide array of talented acts from all across the musical spectrum. This year the line-up is more diverse than ever and it all falls under the Supernatural theme which calls up on all cosmic creatures, astral aliens, intergalactic illusionists, supernatural wizards, shamans, witches, and extraterrestrial beings for a once in a lifetime experience.

Today is the last day to purchase 3-day passes for the 2021 edition, you can purchase them here
Buy Tickets to Electric Zoo: Supernaturals in New York on Sep 03, 2021 – Sep 05,2021

Sign up single day pass pre-sale here
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Steve Aoki, Kiiara & Wiz Khalifa Reboot Matchbox Twenty Hit with “Used To Be” Collab [LISTEN]

Steve Aoki x Kiiara x Wiz Khalifa has arrived!

The mega collab titled “Used To Be” is an unexpected twist on the Matchbox Twenty hit “Unwell.” Resonating in new form, the styles of Aoki, Kiiara, and Wiz are strongly represented, all finding a sweet spot in the reimagination of a 2002 classic.

Nearly two decades later, the nostalgia hasn’t worn off as Kiiara takes the reins on familiar vocals, making them her own. Trading the gritty edge of “Unwell” for a bright, EDM-pop soundscape, Aoki adds his golden touch to the production and Wiz lays down a signature verse.

MORE: Steve Aoki Brings the Rave Home on ‘6OKI – Rave Royale’ EP

The release is accompanied by a music video, also out today, from animator Dreambear and director Noah Sterling. The visual representation sees Steve Aoki, Kiiara and Wiz Khalifa fighting to save their galactic city from an evil villain.

Listen here and let us know if you’re feeling it!

Steve Aoki & Kiiara – Used To Be (feat. Wiz Khalifa)

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Steve Aoki Reveals Mega Collab with Kiiara & Wiz Khalifa Out This Friday

Steve Aoki has a mega collab with Kiiara and Wiz Khalifa due out this week.

The superstar DJ/producer and Dim Mak founder just announced the news, which continues his strong run of collaborative work to unleash in 2021. With three major artists in the mix, “Used to Be” has automatically captured much attention ahead of its release.

Earlier this year, Aoki dropped his hard-hitting 6OKI – Rave Royale EP, featuring Timmy Trumpet, k?d, Gammer and more. He continued his hot streak with a Willy William team up, “Mambo” featuring El Alfa, Sean Paul, Sfera Ebbasta and Play-N-Skill, and “Give Me The Night” with George Benson.

“Used to Be” will mark Aoki’s first official collab with Wiz. Previously, Aoki and Kiiara worked together on the Neon Future III track, “Be Somebody” with Nicky Romero.

Check back here on Friday to listen!

Steve Aoki & Kiiara – Used to Be ft. Wiz Khalifa

 

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MASTERIA & Valy Mo Team Up for “Late At Night” Dim Mak Banger [LISTEN]

MASTERIA and Valy Mo are burning up the dance floor with their new collab, “Late At Night” — out now on Dim Mak.

The latest New Noise installment is a late night groove by design. Hypnotic vocals guide the production, boosted by a booming beat and a variety of synths that switch up the mood measure by measure. The result is an exemplary mix that represents both MASTERIA (one of our 40 Artists to Watch for 2021) and Laser House mastermind Valy Mo.

Dim Mak’s music discovery imprint New Noise highlights cutting-edge sounds and styles from budding producers. What started as a compilation series featuring fresh, hand picked selects by Steve Aoki and the Dim Mak crew has evolved into bi-weekly single releases, available for free download and for DJs everywhere to live stream without copyright strikes.

Check out “Late At Night” here and catch the groove!

MASTERIA & Valy Mo – Late At Night

Stream/download: https://ffm.to/lateatnight

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Steve Aoki Brings the Rave Home on “6OKI – Rave Royale” EP

Steve Aoki pays homage to his club and festival roots with his Dim Mak EP, 6OKI – Rave Royale.

The EP includes six hard-hitting collaborations with Timmy Trumpet, k?d, Gammer, Brennan Heart, Ben Nicky, and Hasse de Moor giving each song its own fresh sound. Whether it is “BIB’s” pulsating low-ends, drilling synths on “Like It Like That (feat. Spyro & MYLKI),” eccentric percussion throughout “Incoming,” invigorating wubs on “Mind Control,” explosive melodies via “Close to You (feat. PollyAnna),” or a brassy revamp of Pulp Fiction’s famous guitar riff on “Tarantino (feat. STARX),” Aoki and his collaborators deliver on each track.

Visually, the EP’s “Rave Royale” narrative spans across a series of animated video game-styled music videos, inspired by the cult classic Japanese film Battle Royale as well as the Fortnite video game. [Watch them all here.]

Check out the full EP below!

 

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New: REZZ, Steve Aoki, Blanke, Shöckface, Cozy Kev + More – Your EDM | Week In Music

The holidays are quickly coming to a close and the first releases of the year are beginning too trickle in. On New Years Day Grimes released a remix album of Miss Anthropocene. Blanke released a new remix to Shockone’s ‘Follow Me’ and Black Coffee, Steve Aoki, and Shöckface all recently released new singles. Sit back, relax or continue doing whatever you are doing and stream Your EDM | Week In Music below.

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Blanke drops a high energy dubstep remix to Shockone’s ‘Follow Me.’ The remix starts with an AI vocal telling you to ‘follow me.’ Blanke takes the record and adds his signature gritty sound to the record.

REZZ releases a dark midtempo remix of Grimes and i_o‘s ‘Violence,’ marking one of the first official remix releases of the new year.

Cozy Kev releases his debut album Complacency an 11-track multi-collaborative project. Cozy Kev explores a wild range of genres and sounds infusing elements of trap, r&b, lofi and everything in between throughout the project.

Shöckface and MICA join forces on ‘ride or die’ an experimental future bass heater featuring vocals from Canadian vocalist Bromar.

Steve Aoki and Yellow Claw unveil the official soundtrack for Arknights titled ‘End Like This’ featuring RUNN.

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Steve Aoki Launches New Latin Music Label, Dim Mak En Fuego

Since launching Dim Mak 24 years ago, Steve Aoki has done a lot in his career. Now, he’s opening up his new venture with Dim Mak En Fuego, a Latinx-focused imprint that aims to highlight Latinx artists from the underground.

Officially announcing our new latin imprint!!! go follow @dimmakenfuego & drop a 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ydhuom4G6M

— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) July 8, 2020

“We’ve been planning this for quite some time now. These things take time to build and it all started when I started doing more of the Latin collaborations — it was then that I started planting the seeds,” Aoki told Billboard. “I’ve gotten so much support from my Latin fanbase and I’ve built a bond with them and its culture. Their acceptance has not only helped me collaborate with Latin artists, but it’s also now allowed me to be part of the development and nurturing of Latin artists too.”

The first signing on the label is “anti-boyband” AQUIHAYAQUIHAY with their pop-tinged R&B track “Ya No Es Igual.”

“The idea of launching with AQUIHAYAQUIHAY really cements where we want Dim Mak En Fuego to land,” says Bryan Linares, En Fuego head of marketing. “We could’ve come out with a straight reggaeton record but coming out with them feels very authentic to us because we come from the underground.”

Check it out below.

 

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Steve Aoki Goes J-Pop With Awesome Remix of “Ninja Re Bang Bang”

We all know that Steve Aoki is one of the most prolific producers in terms of seeking out global talent. He’s already had two major collabs with K-Pop stars, now the Japanese American DJ is going J-Pop. Steve Aoki has remixed Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 2013 hit “Ninja Re Bang Bang.” American audiences actually might recognize the track as it’s been featured in both the animated film Sing and the latest John Wick movie. The original is already a pretty bouncy number; Steve Aoki’s remix takes the energy up a notch and throws in some little unique flairs that only the Dim Mak head honcho could provide.

As far as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, she is a former blogger turned J-pop star who has over 7 million followers across various platforms. American pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande are admitted fans. “Ninja Re Bang Bang” also has more than 65 million views on YouTube, so it’s a bona fide hit. The most impressive part of the remix is that while it’s unmistakably a J-pop song, Aoki still made it uniquely Aoki-like. If you’ve never heard J-pop before this is a great introduction, while all the Steve Aoki vibes makes the remix a stand-out on its own.

Check out Steve Aoki’s remix of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s J-pop hit “Ninja Re Bang Bang.” Out now on Dim Mak under license from Asobi Music.

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RADIO.COM’s Summer Bash Features Marshmello, Steve Aoki, Diplo & More

The soundtrack to your 4th of July is RADIO.COMs Summer Bash.

Coming up this weekend, the event features performances from fan favorites including Black Eyed Peas, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Kygo, Lil Jon, Marshmello and Steve Aoki. It’s hours of entertainment all for a great cause.

Summer Bash will benefit When We All Vote. The non-profit, nonpartisan organization is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American.

Tune in via the RADIO.COM app this Saturday, July 4th at 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT.

See the full lineup below.

RADIO.COM Presents Summer Bash

 

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MDLBEAST launches 12-hour digital music festival with Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and more

The massive Saudi Arabian festival MDLBEAST is set to launch MDLBEAST Freqways – an immersive musical adventure and virtual travel experience that takes you around the world via a 12-hour, multi-stage online music festival that starts at 7pm EAT / 9am PST on June 20th and ends at 12 hours later on World Music Day.

Freqways will feature international artists such as Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Maceo Plex, Claptone, Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Sasha, Butch, Art Department, Gui Boratto, Benny Benassi and regional stars such as Baloo, Cosmicat, Jade x Tala and Antabi Brothers. The festival offers a platform where art, music and culture combine and bring people together through the common language of music.

Their flagship annual event, Soundstorm, was the region’s largest festival to date, with the world’s largest ever festival stage, and had an attendance of 400,000 people over three days.

Ahmad Alammary, Chief Creative Officer says “The music industry in the region is raw and the merging of neo-culture and technology creates a new buzz, inspiring young musicians to create fresh, unexpected music. MLDBEAST is here to celebrate that… Music and art are universal. A language that can bring people together, inspiring new thriving, creative communities.”

The digital music festival can be streamed on Saturday via the MDL Beast website.

 

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Dzeko & Keith Urban Come Together for House Anthem “Both Still Young” [LISTEN]

Dzeko x Keith Urban is a collaborative pairing that we never would have thought up ourselves — but it works.

“Both Still Young” is out now, in which Dzeko crafts a lush soundscape of shimmering keys and bright dance beats. Over this backdrop, four-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Keith Urban carries soaring verses before a hypnotic and heartfelt hook. The track unites one of the hottest producers in electronic music with an enduring popular music icon for this dancefloor anthem.

The Toronto star known as Dzeko previously joined forces with Tiësto, Post Malone, and Preme for the platinum-certified once-in-a-lifetime collaborative smash “Jackie Chan.” He also recently unleashed a remix for “Love In The Dark” by Jessie Reyez and served up “Popcorn” alongside Steve Aoki and Ummet Ozcan.

Listen here!

Dzeko x Keith Urban – Both Still Young

 

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Electric Blockaloo Reveals Full Lineup With Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Galantis, ZHU, + 800 More

Three weeks ago, Rave Family announced Electric Blockaloo, an electronic music festival to be held within Minecraft on June 25-28, 2020. Advertised as the biggest digital festival in music history, the full lineup out today supports that claim.

Electric Blockaloo will feature 65 artist hosted stages and over 850 performers, with attendees being treated to performances from the far reaches of the music spectrum, including: , Steve Aoki, Sherelle, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Seth Troxler, Felix da Housecat, Todd Terry, MK, Maya Jane Coles, Skream, STS9, Khruangbin, Galantis, and Louis the Child to name a few.

They’ll be joining previously announced artists such as Jauz, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Higher Ground, KSHMR, A-Trak, Nicole Moudaber, ZHU, Nora en Pure, Claude VonStroke, Claptone, Soul Clap, Lane 8 and over eight hundred more.

To ensure that rights holders are paid for the use of their music in the festival, Electric Blockaloo has partnered with streaming platform Mixcloud. Rave Family CEO Jackie McGuire explains, “One of the biggest challenges for digital festivals is making sure that artists are compensated for the use of their music. We knew that in order to create a sustainable digital music event platform, we had to take care of that.  With their advanced content ID system and unique music licenses,  Mixcloud has been a great partner and we are excited to be leading the movement to pay artists fairly.”

Upon entering the festival, attendees or “Loozers,” are given free range of the grounds, with the ability to jump from stage to stage at their own pace, using replicas of the famed blue Doctor Who Tardis. Over 65 stages have been carefully curated and envisioned directly by the artists and labels themselves. From Red Blocks, a take on the famed Colorado amphitheater, to Thunder Mifflin, the coolest office in Scranton, PA, there will be plenty of familiar locations for Loozers to explore. Artists have had full creative control of their stage designs, from Sacha Robotti’s SlothAcid stage, Steve Aoki’s blood sport Dim Mak Dojo, KSHMR’s Dharma Temple, Claptone’s Masquerade Stage, Maceo Plex’s Blade Runner inspired Ellum, a Higher Ground Space Station and Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird Campout and Bass Lodge, which features nostalgic activities and games.

Rave Family remains committed to its philanthropic roots in harm reduction at live events, and aims for the Electric Blockaloo community to share that passion for charitable initiatives. When purchasing a ticket, festival-goers have the opportunity to donate to a number of charities including The Bail Project, a national fund aimed at preventing incarceration and combating racial and economic disparities in the bail system, Black Lives Matter, and ByeByePlastic, a movement to remove single use plastics from the music industry as a whole. HeadCount, a platform that harnesses the power of live music to stage voter registration drives, will also allow ticket buyers to register to vote during checkout.

Ticket prices start at $10 and include access to the festival for the debut weekend, as well as three special encore weekends for those fans who can’t see all 65 stages in one! VIP Add-Ons start at $15 and include access to exclusive worlds, stages, and artist sets! VIPs will also get free access to “Early Arrival” and “Group Camping,” to make the experience even more authentic. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 12 at 12pm EST.

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Joel Zimmerman, WME’s Former Global Head of Electronic Music, Leaves Agency Amid Cutbacks

As major ticketing companies and agencies in music struggle with a complete lack of live events for the foreseeable future, Variety has exclusively reported that Joel Zimmerman (different Joel), WME’s former Global Head of Electronic Music, has exited the company.

Zimmerman was responsible agent for a roster that included the Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Kygo, Murda Beatz, and Steve Aoki. In March, Stephanie LaFera stepped in to head the department.

LaFera comes well equipped for the job, as a longtime manager and founder of Little Empire Music.

“The team at WME is already so well rounded, and I’m looking forward to building out the division further,” LaFera told Billboard Dance in March. “As someone who has worked with WME for over a decade on the management side, I have a strong understanding of the company’s philosophy on artist representation, plus the power of WME’s global footprint within all aspects of the entertainment industry. I’m looking forward to harnessing those strengths to help artists continue to grow even further in the genre.”

“Over the course of my career I’ve worked in every genre of electronic music, from Drum & Bass to Techno and everything in between,” said LaFera, “and I know I’ll bring a fresh perspective to this fantastic group of people who are as passionate about Electronic music as I am.”

According to Variety as well as a variety of other rumors swirling around the industry, WME has been preparing to downsize and is in the process of implementing a significant number of layoffs of agents and other staff.

Hopefully, live events return soon enough that some people’s livelihoods aren’t even more permanently damaged.

 

via Variety

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REPORT: Fortnite Brought In $1 Billion In 2 Years from In-App Purchases

Even in this economy, Epic Games is thriving. The company’s remarkably popular battle royale game Fortnite has reportedly earned $1 billion from in-app sales in just two years.

This, according to Digital Music News, which also reports the game brought in $44.3 million in April alone through its iOS and Android purchases. That’s up significantly from $23.3 million in March and year over year, as purchases added up to $35.4 million in April 2019.

Fortnite has generated over 129 million downloads. The in-app purchases can be attributed to the game’s subscription known as a Battle Pass, costumes or skins, daily items and more.

Fortnite’s business has been booming over the past two years, which goes to show people were seeking out online experiences long before the quarantine. With DJs jumping on board including Marshmello, Diplo, Dillon Franics, Steve Aoki and deadmau5, plus the all-new Party Royale mode, it seems there are endless opportunities for growth and creativity within the game.

 

Source: Digital Music News