Author: Tim Gauthier
Welcome to The Aoki Files. This is a new web series Steve Aoki is doing focusing on all the new Dim Mak artists and their releases. Every week he will interview different artists that have released a new record on Dim Mak Records.
Montreal’s finest, Erick Muise and Gordon Huntley collectively known as Botnek releases “Sriracha & Beer” EP today. The EP features the bottled chemistry between hot sauce and brewski and remixes from Sound of Stereo, Savage Skulls and Charlie Darker.
Botnek – “Sriracha & Beer”
Infected Mushroom has announced official tour dates for the FungusAmongus 2013 Tour beginning January 10. The tour includes ten dates along the East coast hitting Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Vermont, and Maryland. This tour follows the 2012 release of Army of Mushrooms which hit #1 on iTunes and Beatport charts this past year. For ticket information on each date check out Infected Mushroom’s tour page. You can also purchase Infected Mushroom’s last release on iTunes & Beatport now.
1-10-13 – Portland, ME – State Theater
1-11-13 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
1 -12 -13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
1-16-13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (DJ Set)
1-17-13 – Rochester,NY – Mainstreet Armory (DJ Set)
1-18-12 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
1-19-12 – Baltimore,MD – Rams Head Live!
1-31-12 – Orlando,FL – The Beacham Theatre
2-01-12 – Tampa,FL – Amphitheater
2-02-12 – Pompano Beach, FL – Club Cinema
Steve Aoki, the man known for always being on tour and recent Grammy nominee sat down with Beatport to talk about his latest release, It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. Steve goes in depth about the concept behind the EP’s theme as well as the production process of working with Angger Dimas, Dan Sena, and Rune RK. Not only does the interview touch base on the new EP it also dives into Steve’s upcoming projects for 2013. You can read the full interview and purchase todays release on Beatport.
Do you buy into any of the conspiracy theories about doomsday, or is the title of your new EP, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, your way of having fun with it?
I love conspiracy theories. I think they are fun. It’s fun to think of all these crazy things that might happen. It’s part of the adventure—you’re supposed to take it to these wild places. If it’s the end of the world, let’s go out with a bang, you know. That’s the point. We’re only here for so long, so make the most of your life.
And for the album?
Throughout the year, I’ve been touring like crazy, so I haven’t had too much time to sit down in my own studio and come up with a major concept, so that’s why I was like, okay, it’s the end of the world, 2012, let’s put these three songs together. It’s three different collaborations I did with different producers, so I figured we’ll pack it all together. I produced them at different times throughout the year, so there were different influences and sounds in each song.
What was it like collaborating with different people for each track? Can you break down each one for us?
The first song I did with Annger Dimas; I always work together with this guy. He’s one of my really good friends, and we have really great chemistry working together in the studio. I got Kay (of My Name Is Kay) on that record to amp it up a bit more and make it a bit more vocal obviously. I’ve been dropping that record since Ultra. That’s where I debuted the song, and now it’s finally coming out.
As far as “Omega,” we got Dan Sena on it and we got Miss Palmer, who also sang on “No Beef,” and it’s one of the more commercial-sounding records and I’m really happy with that one.
“Transcend” is a record I started with Rune RK actually over a year ago. We were in the studio together, in the UK, and we rented a studio out there to do some work together. The song transformed and transcended into the song it became, so that’s why it’s called “Transcend.”
Steve Aoki – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
1. Singularity (feat. My Name Is Kay)
2. Omega (feat. Dan Sena & Miss Palmer)
3. Transcend (feat. Rune RK)
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When it came to remixing PeaceTreaty’s “In Time,” the LA-based producer known as Singularity proved to be the best at taking up the task, nabbing the DCAM: Synth Squad and Tremor soft-synths from FXpansion, $500 worth of gear from Ambig, a pair of Sabre sunglasses, a year-long subscription to Future Music and Computer Music magazines, and the Sounds To Sample Elements Library. But, most importantly of all, Singularity’s version of the song is now set to appear on a forthcoming remix collection from Dim Mak.
“I’m just really glad everyone enjoyed the track as much as I enjoyed making it,” says the SoCal producer. Given the response his rework got, it’s safe to say he had a pretty damn good time making this one.
Congrats again to Singularity, and all other the 350+ plus contestants!!! We’re blown away with all the support. You’ve all done an amazing job with this single.
iTunes Spotlight selects yours truly, Dim Mak as its top choice for piquing your music interest. iTunes Spotlight has corralled our most recent releases featuring Steve Aoki “Its the End of the World As We Know It” EP, Proxy “Music From the Eastblock Jungles, Pt. 1″, Azari & III “Azari & III”, Dirtyphonics “DIRTY”, Killbot “Sound Surgery” EP and more. Check out our crowned section in iTunes Dance category: here.
We’d like to give a huge thanks to Vibe for featuring a few of our artists on their Top-Electronic Albums of 2012 list. The list of 50 spotlights an array of EDM artists that made the most noise this past year. Among the 50 spots the list features Dim Mak’s, Felix Cartal, Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Steve Aoki, and Proxy; alongside friends Zedd, Diplo, Smog, Dada Life, Boys Noize, Bassnectar, Rusko, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Tiga, and Knife Party. You can view the list in its entirety on Vibe.
According to the Mayans the world is scheduled to end on December 21, however we’ve decided to take things into our own hands and make big moves on December 11 with Steve Aoki’s new EP, “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It.” The EP, features three hard hitting collaborations from some favorites including Angger Dimas, Dan Sena, and Rune RK along with vocals by Miss Palmer and My Name Is Kay.
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Le Tigre Blanc is an adventurous pop album that deforms and combines several epochs of rap, R&B, jazz, and rock music, from James Brown-esque grunts and screams, to 90’s New Jack Swing, to modern trap, and even gospel hymns; it is a meta-work of the Internet era, a coming-of-age tale for the posthuman.
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Robert Raimon Roy has released “Dookie,” the latest single off his newly released album, Le Tigre Blanc accompanied with a quirky lyric video created by Listen 04. Dookie is a great follow up track to his last single, Robert Raimon Roy providing an incredible guitar breakdown, by Jesse Owen Astin.
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With 2012 coming to an end, URB needs your help to see who rocked your world these past 12 months. Among the 140 nominees our very own Steve Aoki is featured alongside 139 nominees including Odd Future, SBTRKT, The XX, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Nicolas Jaar, Little Dragon, M83 and others. URB is asking each and every one of you to rate the nominees you know 1 to 5, to help name one of the 140 nominees, URB Artist Of The Year 2012. You can cast your vote on URB now.
Booka Shade’s mini documentary directed by Punit Dhesi was premiered on Societe Perrier just a few days ago. The 3-minute documentry sits down with the duo as they discuss their start, growing success, and Honeyslave- their latest release on Dim Mak. If you haven’t had much of a listen to Book Shade, this video is a great introductory to the Berlin based duo.