It is hard to argue against Steve Aoki’s influence in raising the international profile of Los Angeles in the underground electronic music scene. He broke bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons and The Gossip through carefully marketed singles and full-length releases on his Dim Mak label.
Dim Mark Records, his brain child, began in 1996 and now has over 250+ releases. Many of these said releases have seen performances at his weekly ‘Dim Mak nights’ including Dim Mak studios (still going strong every Tuesday night in the heart of Hollywood). These famous club nights have hosted the debut US 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.
Besides the discovery of several massive artists, his personal musical career is also quite spectacular. In 2009 his remix work brought rapper Drake’s single “Forever” to the dance floor, while 2010 saw him release the “I’m in the House” single with Zuper Blahq, alter ego of Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am. Further high-profile artists’ material was also reworked by Aoki during this period, with tracks by Michael Jackson, the Killers, and Lenny Kravitz all benefiting; while collaborations with like-minded producers such as Armand van Helden and the Bloody Beetroots continued to appear on Dim Mak. By the end of 2011, the early fruits of sessions for his debut album, Wonderland, had materialized as the singles “Earthquakey People” — a collaboration with Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo — and “Tornado,” on which Aoki combined forces with the multi-award-winning Tiësto.
In 2012 he released his first EP, It’s the End of the World as We Know It. More collaborations followed in 2013, with Aoki reworking a Linkin Park track for the group’s remix album Recharged. The resulting “A Light That Never Comes” was released as a single alongside several more remixes. Now in 2014 he has released his greatest accomplishment yet, Neon Future. With the first half of the release already out and the second to come shortly his NYE set should be nothing short of an absolute treat.
The goal with all of his tours has been to recreate an evolved modern day house party. By exploring his punk rock roots Aoki is now giving show goers an experience that is being referred to as a Modern Day EDM Rock Show. With high energy, unique sounds, cake tossing and mosh pits, the Dim Mak Boss is known to put on an unforgettable show unlike anyone else in the industry.
Vancouver, it looks like our NYE might be a bit Neon!
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