Revo Radar: Steve Aoki

If you’re new to the EDM (Electric Dance Music) culture, then you should be familiar with one of the most recently spoken and mainstreaming artist, Steve Aoki. Aoki, or as others love to call him “Asian Jesus”, has been around longer than one might expect. Not only has he been working for past decade, but he is also the man behind the infamous Dim Mak Records label. The label has also released other electro artists such Dada Life and Zeds Dead, to name a few; they have even collaborated with artists like Tiesto and The Bloody Beetroots!

In the past few months, Aoki has made a big hit in the media from his Deadmeat Tour, traveling around the US and his current Euro Trip, from his XM Radio shows to the recent MTV broadcast of “Heartbreaker”, one of his many songs that released off his album “Wonderland”. If you don’t think that’s enough to make your eye browns rise, then how about the fact that his album cracked to the top 10 of iTunes overall charts just a few days after the release of this album “Wonderland”! Now that’s something to make your jaw drop.

One may wonder if Aoki’s music is the same “Wub Wub” bass dropping action that EDM cultural gets stereotyped as. Well, in Aoki’s case, let’s just say he has a mutating playlist of music that won’t fall in the same category for non-EDM listeners or new ones in that case. Songs like “Ladi Dadi ft. Wynter Gordon” or “Turbulence Ft. Lil Jon & Laidback Luke” are songs with their unique tunes, energy, and sounds. It’s honestly something that you have to hear to understand and feel the goosebumps crawl up your skin as you blast these songs through your earbuds.

It also becomes a whole different experience when you go to one of Aoki’s concerts. If you are listening to one of his tunes as you read this, then you will also love it when you interact with him as he body surfs the crowd, hoses everyone with champagne, and takes out a large cake to toss at the front rows. Aoki has really made it far throughout the decade and he is one artist worth to listen and see. Check out if he will be in your area soon by visiting his website.

By Juan Castillo-Then

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