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)