Steve Aoki w/ Deorro at Echostage - 6.1.19

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:00pm. (Updated: 6/03/19 at 11:37am) Add comments
Club Glow Presents

Steve Aoki

Special Guest: Deorro

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE • Washington, DC

Doors: 9 PM | No dress code | Ages 18+
Bottle Service: tables@echostage.com | 202.503.2331

STEVE AOKI:

Two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki today stands as one of the most successful American cross-genre artists, solidified via his numerous releases, multiple awards, billions of music and video streams and innovative cross-platform projects.

At the core of it all, Aoki is a visionary, a road he’s traveled since the humble beginnings of Dim Mak Records, the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line he founded in 1996. For over two decades, Dim Mak Records has remained one of the leading independent record labels in modern music, having served as the launch pad for global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip and The Kills, among many others. In 2014, Dim Mak unveiled its 500th release, followed by its 20-year anniversary in 2016. Today, the label counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop and beyond.

That same enterprising mentality now drives Aoki’s ambitious Neon Future series (released via Ultra Music/Dim Mak), an ongoing thread of connected semi-concept albums that delve into Aoki’s deep interest in futurism through technology and explores timely themes of singularity, biotechnology, electronic immortality and the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. Officially launched in 2014 with the inaugural installment, Neon Future I (certified gold by the RIAA), followed by Neon Future II (2015), the series features high-profile collaborations with artists from across multiple genres including will.i.am, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy and others, as well as leading figures in pop culture and technology including Google’s Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil, theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Thorne and director/producer J.J. Abrams. Originally conceived as a futuristic concept series, Neon Future is Aoki’s most pop-driven creative output to date. An innovative multi-platform approach, the Neon Future series fully encompasses all of Aoki’s multimedia properties, from his music, videos and social media all the way through the albums’ artwork, which depict Aoki in various stages of his physical transformation from man to machine.

Neon Future focuses on where we are going with our technology, our society, our humanity, our culture — essentially, an idyllic utopian vision of the future,” Aoki says. “I started seeing the concept of science fiction becoming science fact. I wanted to explore all that in my music with a scientific conversation, so I created the idea of Neon Future. This is my version of having this conversation with the world.”

The Neon Future series now enters its final chapters with Neon Future III and Neon Future IV, scheduled for release November 2018 and Spring 2019, respectively, on Ultra Music/Dim Mak. The two concluding albums include confirmed collaborations with Blink-182, via their long-awaited collaboration “Why Are We So Broken”; Mike Posner, on the introspective “A Lover and a Memory”; and EDM star Nicky Romero on “Be Somebody,” featuring Kiiara.

Aoki is renowned for his adventurous attitude toward genre-defying collaborations, which has seen him join forces with A-listers like Migos and Daddy Yankee, among many others, as well as rising up-and-comers alike. In 2016, Aoki enlisted One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson for the global hit “Just Hold On,” which they performed together on the series finale of The X Factor in the UK. Debuting at #1 in more than 40 countries, the track has since gone gold or platinum in 18 countries. Elsewhere, he’s collaborated with rap star Desiigner on his remix of the BTS track “MIC Drop,” which became the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history and the first to go gold, as well as Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui for his track “All Night,” which hit #1 on the iTunes dance chart. In 2018, Aoki released the Spanish-language track “Azukita,” featuring an all-star cast of Latin pop legends: Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, and Elvis Crespo, all of whom joined him for a live performance on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival.

As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that also includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; Neon Future I (2014) and Neon Future II (2015); and his most recent album, Steve Aoki Presents Kolony (2017). Debuting at #1 on the iTunes Dance Albums charts, Kolony sees Aoki fully crossing into the hip-hop realm via collaborations with top rap and R&B acts including Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Migos, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, iLoveMakonnen, T Pain and more. Collectively, Aoki’s music has amassed 1.5 billion streams on Spotify, with an additional 2 billion music streams on YouTube.

In addition to multiple EPs, singles, and remixes, Aoki’s 2016 Netflix Originals documentary film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead captures his career to date and chronicles his family upbringing, personal life and long-winding career from a scrappy entrepreneur to mainstage superstar. Premiering to a sold-out audience at Tribeca Film Festival, the film garnered Aoki’s second Grammy nomination in 2016 for Best Music Film and has been globally released in more than 190 countries.

Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 World’s Highest-Paid DJs of 2018 and the World’s Hardest-Working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting over 250 tour dates per year and officially holding the Guinness World Record as the “Most Traveled Musician in a Single Calendar Year” (2012). In addition to multiple headlining tours, he’s performed at nearly every top festival around the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and more. He’s also remained a leading figure in DJ Mag’s coveted Top 100 DJs annual poll, ranking in the Top 10 consecutively over the last five years.

Beyond music, Aoki is also a fashion designer/entrepreneur and philanthropist. In addition to collaborations with major fashion and lifestyle brands like Converse and Bathing Ape, Aoki debuted his very own Dim Mak Collection streetwear line in 2016, which he later presented at New York Fashion Week in 2017. He is also a global ambassador for several international brands including ASICS and Diesel. In 2012, he founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas and has donated over $500,000 to date.

 

DEORRO:

After more than a decade of developing his genre-blurring musical style, Los Angeles-born producer Deorro, née Erick Orrosquieta, has far outgrown his early days as a budding bedroom producer and local hero to become a worldwide-touring DJ, reputable songwriter and bona fide superstar producer. Today, he is armed with an impressive stockpile of globally certified, chart-topping, platinum-selling releases and viral hit singles, all built on the strength of his studio prowess and musical fluidity.

Deorro officially crossed over into the mainstream milieu in April 2014 with the release of “Five Hours,” on which he fully flexes his production chops and songwriting mastery: A warping crescendo of filters and fuzz builds a palpable sonic tension before a grenade of futuristic beats, bass, and bounce explodes through the speakers with no regard. His first-ever chart-topping single, the song became an immediate success worldwide, having charted in a number of countries, including reaching #8 on SNEP official French Singles Chart and peaking at #1 on Billboard ’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. The sweeping success of the track led to a guest cameo appearance in the hit MTV series, Teen Wolf , with featured placement on the TV show’s official soundtrack (June 2014), as well as a commendable ranking in DJ Mag ’s celebrated Top 100 DJs annual poll at #19, the highest new entry in 2014.

The following year, Deorro teamed up with Grammy Award-winning pop/R&B star Chris Brown for a vocal-based remake of “Five Hours.” Released in March 2015, the updated “Five More Hours” elevated Deorro to the major leagues. The proof lives in the stats: With more than 19 global certifications, “Five More Hours” claims over 330 million Spotify streams and more than 200 million YouTube views of the official music video to date. The track also reached the Top 15 in the Spotify charts in 40 countries and reached the Top 15 in Apple Music’s overall charts in 16 countries.

It all now comes together on Good Evening , Deorro’s debut full-length album, out now via Ultra Music. Four years in the making, Good Evening welcomes a fully robust, creatively curious Deorro tackling his most ambitious artistic endeavor to date. Featuring a staggering 24 tracks, Good Evening follows the much-forgotten concept album format—complete with intros, outros, and interludes—to deliver a truly rare feat in modern electronic music. The end result is a widely versatile venture into sound design that breaks away from the EDM status quo and challenges the expectations of dance music fans. Written as one cohesive thread, Good Evening works as a timeline of ideas, where each song delivers a different sound and each interlude offers a different chapter in the storyline, ultimately providing a seamless listening experience designed to be heard from beginning to end.

While storytelling is evident on Good Evening , so too is the wide range of genres, styles and influences. Opening track “Guide Me” mixes bits of future bass with airy dream pop and a gospel choir chorus. “Turn Back Time,” with Teemu, amps up the indie-dance vibes, while “Goin Up,” featuring frequent vocal collaborator DyCy, funks out to the fullest. On lead single “Rise and Shine,” Deorro mixes jazz-inspired swing from the speakeasy era with his trademark bounce sound as he goes for the jugular on this aggressive sonic salvo, while “Feeling Pretty Good” features uplifting vocal samples built over a dubstep-tinged slow-burner.

Since its release in March 2017, the album has already stacked a laundry list of accolades: ranking high in the Apple Music Dance Album charts around the world, including #1 in two countries, #4 in France, and #19 in Australia, and additionally reaching the Top 50 in the Apple Music overall chart in six countries.

A proud Mexican-American, Deorro is also breaking ground in the worldwide Latin music market on the strength of his megahit “Bailar,” a Latin/EDM hybrid featuring Grammy Award-winning/Latin Grammy Award-winning international merengue star Elvis Crespo. Released in April 2016, the track has since garnered massive numbers: over 128 million Spotify streams; more than 51 million YouTube views of the official music video; over 13 global certifications, including platinum status in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy, as well as gold status in France; significant charting on the US Top 40 Radio and Top 40 US Airplay charts; and much more. Following the mammoth success of the original track, Grammy Award-winning/Latin Grammy Award-winning global hitmaker Pitbull joined Deorro and Crespo on a new version of “Bailar,” which has amassed over 33 million streams on Spotify since its September 2016 release and most recently won the Billboard Latin Music Award for Tropical Song of the Year in April 2017. Elsewhere, Deorro’s 2014 Spanish-language song “Perdoname,” featuring DyCy and Adrian Delgado, has accumulated over 46 million Spotify streams, with an additional 7.5 million YouTube views of the official music video. Deorro also won the Best Latin American DJ category at the 2014 EMPO Awards, the most important awards ceremony for electronic music in Latin America.

Prior to, Deorro’s hit single, “I Can Be Somebody,” is a focus track on the official soundtrack for the Zac Efron-starring feature film, We Are Your Friends (August 2015, Interscope Records). He also maintains a steady lot of global festival anthems, including “Freak” with megastar DJs/producers Steve Aoki and Diplo (Mad Decent), which was featured on the official 22 Jump Street soundtrack, and “Flashlight” with R3hab (Spinnin’ Records). His originals “Bootie in Your Face (No Rock Drop),” “Lose It,” and “Supa Hot Fiya,” all released via Ultra Music, also helped establish Deorro’s fast-rising status early on in 2014. In 2013, Deorro unleashed “Yee,” his first major release on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings, which charted in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Additionally, his 2012 remix of Chuckie’s “Make Some Noise” landed him on the Top 50 chart on digital music retailer Beatport for the first time ever.

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