After teaming up on “No Beef” and showcasing bottles of their drink Afroki in the accompanying music video, Afrojack and Steve Aoki hopped into the studio to bring their beverage to life. The resulting big room blitz was just finished last week and the duo unveiled it to the world at the Kingsday Festival in Amsterdam. Still untitled, the track has both producer’s signature trademarks. Big gritty synths and squealing Dutch stabs work in tandem to create yet another track destined for festival tent dominance.
While Eastern Canada boasts a wide array of festivals from Escapade to Sensation, Western Canada is quickly gaining traction and establishing itself as a premiere dance music location. After the monstrous success of Northern Lights Music Festival in EDMonton, Calgary is taking the reins by boasting the first ever Badlands: Stampede Music Festival taking place July 5th to July 8th at Canada Olympic Park. The impressive lineup includes Afrojack, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, Adventure Club and more, to be powered by 200,000 watts of PK Sound, and have mainstage display modeled after Europe’s biggest festivals. Only one question remains, will you rave in your Stampede gear or leave the boots behind?
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Steve Aoki spent plenty of time in the pool with Michael Phelps during Miami Music Week — but remember, he’s not an olympian swimmer. He’s an electronic artist, and his Wonderland single featuring Rob Roy, “Ooh,” has been revisited and repackaged with brand new remixes. Dzeko and Torres steal the spotlight with their rendition, following “Togi” with another production only days after their Ultra debut. Cutting to the core of “Ooh,” the boys deliver a contagious rhythm and satisfy a previously dub-heavy track with the progression needed for dance floors.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from Junior Sanchez, Seth Troxler, A-Trak and more.
Beginning March 30th, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Hardwell, Nervo, Steve Aoki and Tommy Trash will descend upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in sunny Las Vegas to launch pool season in high gear. The star-studded DJ line up has been scheduled through till April 28th (so far) and will provide non-stop, action-filled entertainment at Sin City’s hottest pool party destination. The news comes by way of highly-anticipated club Hakkasan Las Vegas finally opening its doors next month at MGM, which will share the same exclusive residencies. Dates and tickets below.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Steve Angello, Nervo, A-Trak, and more.
Steve Aoki has revealed his 2013 concept, “Neon Future,” as the theme to his Hakkasan residency and the title of his forthcoming album. In a recent interview, Steve opens up about the significance behind the name — behind the “colorful, exciting new world.” He prefaces the concept, explaining his recent experiments with technology, music, and biology — which intersect for the “Neon Future” aesthetic. Giving Hakkasan credit for allowing him such freedom, he goes on to claim that each Las Vegas performance will be in the lines of a play.
In an interview with Billboard, Aoki describes the feel of the pending album as “bright and positive. The songs are more colorful. They’re more emotional. The music, for me, has evolved and changed. That’s a big part of why I want to name it ‘Neon Future.’ That’s why I want my party in Las Vegas. I wanted to really put a flag in the ground [that says] ‘This is the sound that you’ll experience at a party like this. When you walk in, the idea is you walk into a neon future. You walk into that world.’”
After creating a champagne-, cake-, and inflatable boat-filled experience that matched the whimsy of debut album Wonderland, predicting what a neon future holds for Aoki is an exercise that stretches the imagination. Though there is no official release date for the mysteriously technicolor album yet, Aoki’s party, er, residency, begins in April.
After announcing Musical Freedom labelhead, Tiësto, and Fly Eye Records frontman, Calvin Harris, as the first two official residencies of the MGM Grand’s new megaclub Hakkasan, the multimillion dollar venue has added Dim Mak founder, Steve Aoki, to it’s residency roster for 2013. Aoki’s planned residency will consist of 6 nighttime parties dubbed Neon Future as well as a slew of pool parties at WET REPUBLIC for his AOKIFY SPLASH VEGAS brand. Aoki’s presence will surely add a jolt of party-friendly adrenaline to Hakkasan’s continually impressive residency lineup – let’s just hope birthday cake doesn’t ruin the pool.
Social media has greatly enhanced the connection between fans and artists by allowing them to connect on a level far greater than that of a spectator. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have given us an unprecedented look into the lives of our modern day rockstars by taking us behind the booth, into their homes and studios, and even sometimes into their pasts. Click below the break to check out some of your favorite artists in their younger years and find out which superstars got an early start by strumming guitars or tickling the ivories. We have shots from Steve Angello, Chuckie, Skrillex, Nervo, A-Trak, and more.