photo credit: Robin Laananen
Los Angeles-based producer and DJ STEVE AOKI ushers out the old and rings in the new with IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, his new three-song EP out now on his own independent imprint Dim Mak Records. It consists of tracks he produced with Angger Dimas featuring My Name Is Kay, Dan Sena & Miss Palmer and Rune RK. Log on to STEVE AOKI’s YouTube page now at http://youtu.be/Yu61NUHZhQ4 as he discusses the EP as part of his AOKI Files web series.
Meanwhile, AOKI garnered his first ever GRAMMY® nomination in the “Best Electronica Dance Album” category for Wonderland. Released January 2012 on Dim Mak/Ultra Music, the album charted at #9 on theiTunes Overall Album Chart. It also made its debut at Billboard at #54 on the Top 200 Album Chart and #2 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart. Its success was propelled by AOKI’s remarkable productions involving such tracks as “Earthquakey People” featuring Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, “Heartbreaker” with CSS singerLovefoxxx, “Cudi the Kid” featuring Kid Cudi and Travis Barker and “The Kids Will Have Their Say” featSick Boy with former members of The Exploited and Die Kreuzen as well as collaborations with will.i.am as [[[zuper blahq]]], LMFAO and NERVO, Lil Jon and Chiddy Bang, Polina and Wynter Gordon.
In mid-summer 2012, Dim Mak/Ultra Music followed up with Wonderland Remixed consisting of never-before-released remixes from Wonderland from the likes of Laidback Luke, Bassnectar, Clockwork, Mustard Pimpand Moguai, as well as special bonus track “Beat Down” with Angger Dimas feat. Iggy Azalea. BothWonderland and Wonderland Remixed appeared simultaneously on the iTunes Dance Chart in the top 20.
Other highlights of STEVE AOKI’s 2012 include rave rafting with Olympic champion Michael Phelps, a coveted#15 slot on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list, a main stage appearance at Ultra Music Festival and a sold out show at the legendary Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles for his birthday. He also appeared on the covers of influential U.K. electronic music publication MixMag, DJ Times and Pollstar (pictured above). His videos collectively have garnered over 15 million views to date.
The track listing for IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT is:
1. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas feat. My Name Is Kay – Singularity
2. Steve Aoki feat. Dan Sena & Miss Palmer – Omega
3. Steve Aoki feat. Rune RK – Transcend
Purchase IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT at:
Catch STEVE AOKI on tour:
|Fri||12/14||Las Vegas, NV||Aoki’s House @ Surrender|
|Sat||12/15||Chicago, IL||Congress Theater|
|Sat||12/15||Chicago, IL||The Mid (After Party)|
|Thu||12/27||New York, NY||#AOKIFIYNYC @ Pier 94|
|Fri||12/28||Las Vegas, NV||Aoki’s House @ Surrender|
|Sat||12/29||San Francisco, CA||Ruby Skye|
|Sat||12/29||San Francisco, CA||Warfield Theatre|
|Mon||12/31||Atlantic City, NJ||Life in Color at Bader Field|
|Sat||1/5||Edmonton, AB||Soundwave at West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark|
About Steve Aoki:
STEVE AOKI broke bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases on his Dim Mak label, which he began in 1996 and now has over 250 releases. Those releases often dovetailed into performances at his weekly Dim Mak nights including Dim Mak Studios (still going strong every Tuesday night in the heart of Hollywood). As a label owner and shrewd curator of talent from around the world, those club nights have hosted the debut U.S. performances of hundreds of acts over the last decade from Lady Gaga to Ed Banger Records & Justice, Ke$ha, Skrillex, Kid Cudi, Kaiser Chiefs, No Age to Boys Noize. AOKI’s become a force of nature who has helped turn underground house, electro and harder-edged EDM with rap and rock leanings into the phenomena it is today: regularly pulling in 150,000+ fans at events such as Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, the debut of the IDentity national electronic touring festival and hisDeadmeat co-headlining tour with Datsik. AOKI’s punk roots go back to the art of the house party, when he was just a student at UCSB and was already booking bands such as The Rapture, !!!, Jimmy Eat World, Hot Water Music and At the Drive-In at his Pickle Patch bash and forging relationships with big names that would end up serving him well in the future (he met Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo at a secret show in college). In 2012, AOKI was in the next level of his incredible music career with WONDERLAND as his first proper full-length release, followed byWONDERLAND REMIXED and his DEADMEAT: LIVE AT ROSELAND BALLROOM DVD, all which bring a lifetime’s worth of passion for bands, DJs and artists of all stripes he has met and/or worked with over the past two decades to the forefront.