Steve Aoki has been the center of controversy in many EDM discussions about ghost producers and talent. Regardless of what you think about his or “his” songs you have to admit most of them are very catchy. Here’s one with Laidback Luke “Turbulance”. Hope everyone has fun at his show tonight at the Aragon Ballroom.
Get your week off to a good sart with what I feel is one of the better songs off of Steve Aoki’s newly released album, Neon Future .I, “Back To Earth”. This collaboration withChicago’s own Fall Out Boy to creates another hit with great vocals and a beat that will get you moving. I cannot wait to hear this live when Steve drops this song at the Aragon Ballroom on his Chicago tour stop on February 28.
Aoki’s new album Neon Future I was a less anticipated album of the few coming out around the same time. Obviously listeners didn’t know what to expect since Aoki hasn’t been at the top of the charts for a while. Aoki compiled tracks with many unexpected vocalists and artists such as Will.i.am, Waka Flocka, Fall Out Boy, Flux Pavilion, and Chris Lake. My personal favorite track, “Neon Future” , features Luke Steele from Empire of the Sun. All of these songs are more party themed and are very catchy. I give it 3/4!
“Back to Earth,” which features Fall Out Boy is an interesting twist to the whole album and even the EDM scene. Waka Flocka and Kid Ink rap over the albums two catchiest tracks to me, “Rage the Night Away” and “Delirious.” So from Pete Wentz to Flocka this album basically breaks all barriers. Aoki proved that EDM is so much more than some catchy beats, a loud bass, and random vocals. Overall this is not a super catchy album I’ll see myself listening to but, I will give him credit for trying something new. Neon Future I receives a solid 2 out of 4 from me.
I’ve always liked Steve Aoki, his music is always on point and his shows are full of energy. Even though I don’t see how throwing cakes or riding a blown up water raft is relevant to the music. Regardless Neon Future I is a solid album. The 4 singles released to build hype for the album ( Rage The Night Away, Delirious, Free The Madness, Get me Outta Here) are definitely hits even though by now they have been overplayed, “Back to Earth” which features Fall Out Boy is a pleasant surprise on the album. It continues with Aoki’s trend of working with non EDM artists. The album is exactly what you expect of Aoki with a futuristic theme. That being said the album is good not great. I give it 3 out of 4 stars.
Neon Future I, is the mainstream edm scene at its finest. This album lacks creativity and sounds like a typical Aoki track. The album shows that he’s putting too much effort caking fans and not enough effort trying to make good music. No song on the album struck me as a edm music fan; therefore, I’m giving “Neon Future I” a 1 out of 4 stars for being totally predictable.
Forbes has officially released the 2014 list of the world’s highest paid DJs. Last year the list was topped by Calvin Harris at 46 million dollars. This year, Calvin Harris continues to remain in the number one spot- this time making 66 million dollars. Check out the list and compare it to last year’s edition that included Diplo, DJ Pauly D, and Swedish House Mafia, which are no longer on the list (SHM for the obvious reason of no longer being around).
2014 1. Calvin Harris – $66million 2. David Guetta – $30million 3 & 4. Tiesto tied with Avicii – $28million 5. Steve Aoki – $23million 6. Afrojack – $22million 7. Zedd – $21million 8. Kaskade – $17million 9. Skrillex – $16.5million 10. Deadmau5 – $16million 11. Hardwell – $13million 12 & 13. Armin van Buuren tied with Steve Angello– $12million
2013 1. Calvin Harris – $46million 2. Tiesto – $32million 3. David Guetta – $30million 4. Swedish House Mafia – $25million 5. Deadmau5 – $21million 6. Avicii – $20million 7. Afrojack – $18million 8. Armin van Buuren – $17million 9 &10. Skrillex tied with Kaskade – $16million 11. Steve Aoki – $14million 12 & 13. DJ Pauly D tied with Diplo – $13million