One would be hard pressed to find an event over the course of the year more controversial than the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Controversy aside, the DJ Mag Top 100 poll still gathers the crowd sourced data of the masses to determine the who’s who of dance music. Some artists like Martin Garrix shot way up into the Top 100, while some veteran producers saw some new, fierce competition. This past year, we found ourselves fortunate enough to have our very own Steve Aoki reach the number eight spot.
New social media platform JustGo has created a social media tracking method to challenge DJ Mag‘s linear voting system. As opposed to ballots sent in by fans, JustGo measures social media interaction, with an emphasis on all the new fan interaction in the past year. The way it works is as follows…
“We looked at the Top 100 DJs by taking into account the number of Total Fans as well as New Fans acquired in 2013. While Total Fans is more reflective of a DJ’s overall popularity, New Fans – as we define it – is more reflective of current excitement. Therefore, we gave Total Fans a 2:1 weighting against New Fans or 60% for Total Fans versus 30% for New Fans.”
Under this new social media based system, Steve Aoki comes in at the number four spot! We could not be more excited to see how well he has done socially in the past year. Most of all- thank you to the fans for being the ones to bring in the new social media traction!
On September 27th, the electronic music festival TomorrowWorld brought its transcendent chaos to Chattahoochee Hills in Atlanta, Georgia. Now fans can experience the sensory overload with the new “Up All Night TomorrowWorld” video, which condenses the hectic event into one seven-minute blast.
The video features performance footage from several Dim Mak Records acts (Steve Aoki, Borgore, Carnage, Deorro) blended with frenetic crowd shots (fireworks, glowsticks, concertgoers in strange costumes). There are also some intimate backstage moments, like Aoki playing Autoerotique in a $1,000 game of rock, paper, scissors.
Steve Aoki drops the Bring You To Life (Transcend) [Remixes] today (12.03.13) on Dim Mak Records featuring the original version of “Bring You To Life (Transcend)” with house producer Rune RK featuring vocalist RAS with new remixes from fellow Dim Mak artists Dirtyphonics, Qulinez, and Garmiani. On Bring You To Life (Transcend) [Remixes], French bass act/band Dirtyphonics takes the pop-leaning track into deep bass territory, while Swedish production duo Qulinez goes heavy in the electro space. Producer Garmiani closes out the package with a darker-edged electro kick.
The popular French music blog and channel UFK released the official premiere of Dirtyphonic’s Bring You to Life (Transcend) Remix. UFK is a bass focussed blog that was started in 2009 and since has become a leader in the electronic music blogs with over 831,000 subscribers. The Dirtyphonics Remix was featured on the Official UFK Youtube channel that has millions of loyal viewers. The Remix is featured on the official remix package that also includes Garmiani and Qulinez and will be out on December 3rd.
Steve Aoki and Borgore took time out of their busy Aokify America Tour schedule to get deep about touring, fans, #TurningUp and to break down Borgore’s newest “Wild Out” EP. The EP features 4 songs that completely destroy genre boundaries by pulling from hardstyle, trap, house and even Arab sounds. Borgore is evolving as an artists in all of his sets & remixes which is evident as is single and ep “Wild Out” tops charts all over Beatport.
Watch the video to hear what influenced Borgore for each of his songs, and an exclusive into what its like to be on tour with Steve and Waka Flaka Flame.
What can I say about Los Angeles? Warm weather, palm trees, and most importantly- good house. My name is Cubby Cramer; I am one of the interns at Dim Mak Records this fall. I hail from the cold and wintery land of Ithaca, a small hipster city in New York. As a senior Television-Radio student at Ithaca College, I am given the opportunity to study abroad in California. Dim Mak heard about my experience with dance music, from editing Your EDM to hosting my own dance radio show on WICB, so I was one of the lucky few brought on board. This past week was a moment many of us at Dim Mak were looking forward to, Steve Aoki at The Shrine. As his Los Angeles stop on the Aokify America tour, I was excited to see the other artists on the roster for the evening equally as much as Steve Aoki himself. Besides- it was snowing in Ithaca- I really couldn’t complain!
My evening started with Keys N Krates, who I was immediately was impressed with. Call me biased seeing as they are a Dim Mak faithful, but it was their live setup was the real kicker. The three man group is going to be one of the real game changers moving forward, merging djing, keyboards, and drums into one live act. Seeing as everyone is a DJ these days, a trap artist that has an atypical approach like this will easily put them in front of the pack. Case in point, their live rendition of “Dum Dee Dum” was excellent, with a long bridged section leading into the track we know and love.
This was an evening of firsts. While all the artists that night I had not previously seen, it was also the first time I had seen a rapper live. Waka Flocka came on stage to much rejoicing from the crowd, while DJ Ace dropped many Brick Squad Monopoly and gunshot sound effects. Both the crowd and myself enjoyed Waka’s hits like “Hard In Da Paint” and “Grove St. Party”, it was the Beatport Top 10 reaching “Wild Out” that set it off. Hearing this big electro house record live and seeing a sea of fans jumping in unison was a sight to behold.
Alvin Risk and Iggy Azalea were both fun in their own rights. Alvin Risk brought high energy electro and dubstep from his end, while Iggy Azalea dazzled with her dance moves and backup dancers. Alvin was sure to play his high profile works like his remix of “We Are Young” and his addictingly fun remix of “Earthquakey People” from Steve Aoki. Iggy Azalea had a crazy, reflective silver jumpsuit on this evening, stealing the show with her look. I could tell that the ladies in the audience really enjoyed her set, and personally I was happy to hear “Beat Down” live for a change.
Finally, Steve Aoki took the stage, the moment everyone had been waiting for. As a dance music journalist who closely watches the public opinion, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Steve perform for a long time. Steve Aoki often gets knocked by dance music purists for believing he does prerecorded sets- but truth be told- nothing is feigned in his live performance. When it came time to cake the crowd, to much audience jubilee mind you, Steve knew just how much time he’d have before jumping back on the decks to throw on another record. Steve was sure to drop both his upcoming releases like soon-to-be major electro hit “Aoki Jump” with R3hab while bringing back old favorites like “Warp 1.9” and “No Beef”.
I must also applaud Steve for inviting Travis Barker for live drumming tracks like “Push ‘Em” and a number of others. Then to go one step further, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park joined on stage to perform “A Light Than Never Comes”. I had never expected so many guests to join Steve on stage, it really puts into perspective how many other artists he works with. Then to close the evening, Steve engaged the crowd in breaking the Guinness World Record for longest crowd scream. What else to say about this evening but wow, Steve and Dim Mak are clearly writing the manual to event success! I’ve seen my fair share of different DJs and musicians, but the energy of this evening was unreal. From start to finish, this night will go down as a testament on how to throw a proper house party.
Keeping in line with last week’s #AokifyAmerica #TourLife Recap, we bring you more exclusive, behind-the-scenes media of Steve Aoki, Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame, Pharrell, and more homies as Aoki Framily travels across the U.S. giving the people what they want! Follow us on Instagram @DimMakRecs for new and exclusive photos from the tour added daily!
Peep Borgore’s new tour video featuring “Wild Out,” NOW LIVE on his YouTube!
LA peeps! Want to win tix to see Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka, Iggy Azalea, Mike & Chester of Linkin Park,Alvin Risk, & our very own Keys N Krates, at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in LA November 15th?! Visit the contest tab on our website for the 411!
As the boss man Steve Aoki tours across the U.S. this fall with the homies Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, & Pharrell Williams, we want to give you a regular, exclusive peep behind the scenes: each day we’re posting a unique snapshot of life on the road for the #AokifyAmerica artists via our Instagram @DimMakRecs! Every Friday on the reg, we’ll be posting a recap of the week’s photos for your viewing pleasure along with other exciting tour media!
California Dim Mak-ers! Here’s your chance to see Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka, Iggy Azalea, Mike & Chester of Linkin Park, Alvin Risk, & our very own Keys N Krates, at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in LA November 15th! Tix & More Info: http://dmak.co/Aoki_ShrineLA
Thanks to a pair of magic headphones — and, really, what headphones aren’t? — the two swap places, with Simmons becoming an EDM superstar and Aoki taking over one of Simmons’ workouts. Think Freaky Friday with lots of exercise outfits and choreography.
“Bring You To Life (Transcend) is about bringing people to life, literally,” Aoki says. “It’s a literal expression about letting the music bring you to life. The video is a very fun role swap between myself and the original dance guru Richard Simmons doing what we both do best.”
Aoki and house producer Rune RK released Bring You to Life (Transcend), which features vocals from RAS, earlier this month on Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Gille Klabin directed the video.
(via USA Today)
The March of the Afrojack series continues its wild parade in this latest installment, which finds the Dutch EDM superstar pool-party hopping in a whirlwind of DJ set debauchery with buddies Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke and Steve Aoki.
Afrojack heads over to Aoki’s pool party where the champagne flowed, the beats boomed and Afrojack proclaimed the Dim Mak honcho, “my best friend in music. I don’t know anyone I’m closer to in the whole music scene than Steve Aoki.”
The two go on to discuss their own friendship, with Aoki recalling their first meeting around 2009 and the track, “Show Me Your Hands,” that instantly came about from their first session together. The clip ends with some truly unique footage of “Afroki” – as the two so call themselves – swapping beats and working on what’s sure to be another raucous collaboration.
(via Rolling Stone)
In need of some bass in your face? Do you have a need to get down on the dance floor? We’ll wait no more because Steve Aoki, Borgore and Waka Flacka Flame are coming to a city near you! The trio is bringing a never before seen blend of electronic bangers and hip hop for the most diverse thing to hit the dance music circuit. With all the bling, champagne and cake this is by far the most turnt up tour happening right now. So don’t wait because supplies are limited and running out fast.
Three great minds in music have come together on Dim Mak’s latest release, “Bring You To Life (Transcend)”. This progressive house anthem fuses label magnate Steve Aoki with Rune RK, one of the creative minds behind the smash hit “Calabria”. Defined by its warm lead sounds, “Transcend” was one of the most popular tracks on Steve Aoki’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It EP from this past December.
The time has come, however, to give the track that extra edge–the passionate and sultry vocals of RAS. Originally appearing on the NEZZO & Summer School track “Shadows”, RAS has been eagerly anticipated to get back on the mic for another song. Riding on top of the superb production prowess of Steve Aoki and Rune RK, RAS gives us a firm example of his singing chops on “Bring You To Life”. The combination of RAS‘s delivery on the vocal end with Steve Aoki & Rune RK makes for the latest chart-topping contender from the Dim Mak arsenal.