Steve Aoki is known for his big club anthems and throwing cake on his fans, but it appears he will be trying out a new style in an upcoming project. He revealed to MixMag that he has started working on deep house tracks, though he won’t be releasing them under his own name.
He told them he became inspired to move into house music after playing Cafe Mambo in Ibiza this summer.
“That kind of environment, the banging stuff just doesn’t work, so I was playing house: Maceo Plex, Ten Walls, Tiga‘s collaborations, Duke Dumont and some more underground stuff,” he explained. “I won’t release it under Steve Aoki, it’ll be under another name. I don’t want to confuse people who associate me with my usual sound, and I want it to be judged on its own merits. We’ll see how it does.”
Under his own name, Aoki recently released Neon Future 1, the first part of his two-part album, via Ultra Music/Dim Mak. It is the DJ/producer’s second studio album. The second part of the album is scheduled to drop in the winter of 2015. Part one contains more party-themed/club-style songs while part two is said to have a darker, more emotional vibe.
In an interview with Billboard, Aoki described what the phrase “Neon Future” means for him.
“Neon Future is, in short, a positive outlook on human progress and technology, looking forward to a bright, colorful utopia,” he explained. “It’s embracing the future, and looking toward the future in a more optimistic way. I like looking at a future where we’re expanding our creativity and brightening our lives. I believe that eventually we’ll get to a point where we’ll be able to live indefinitely through our technology. That concept of futurism is underlying the full process of the album.”
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