When Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Steve Aoki first combined forces for the most epic supergroup ‘3 Are Legend’ in dance music, fans knew that expectations for main stage live spectacles and in-studio tracks that slay would be more than surpassed. From smashing ULTRA Miami to Tomorrowland, Creamfields to Ushuaia Ibiza, their presence explodes and entrances in equal measure and now, as a Christmas thank you, the unstoppable trio are giving you, their wildest and dearest fans, a free download of their monster collaboration ‘We Are Legend’.
Grammy-nominated DJ/producer, Steve Aoki, is getting ready to launch his upcoming album, Kolony, on July 21. As he performs around the world, the king of caking has been teasing fans with sneak peeks with tracks from his new project.
Aoki recently make a stop in Miami at club Story on June 30 and he had the crowd going with tracks from his upcoming album such as “Without You,” and his recently released single, “LIT,” with Yellow Claw featuring Gucci Mane and T-Pain. The chorus for “LIT” features T-Pain invoking Queen’s “We Are The Champions” and Gucci Mane rounds it out with a verse.
Story, which is located in South Beach, was packed from the front to the back with fans jumping and singing along to the lyrics of Aoki’s tracks such as “Just Hold On” featuring Louis Tomlinson and “Turbulence.”
It wouldn’t be a Steve Aoki party without a lot of cake! The DJ smacked six lucky fans in the face with a large sheet of vanilla cake while his popular track, “Cake Face” played.
Aoki released his first single “Without U” with DVBBS featuring 2 Chainz from his upcoming album. Another track called “Night Call” captured the audience’s attention with rap’s hottest trio Migos featuring Lil Yachty, which is also featured on Kolony. The album is an amalgamation of party-cranking tracks that stretch across the boundaries between EDM and rap music, landing on something in between and adding supplemental flavor.
This project marks Aoki’s first full turn into rap music, with nearly 10 years of hip-hop collaborations, which he describes as “bridging the gap” between genres.
The full tracklist for Steve Aoki Presents Kolony is below. Pre-order the album HERE, out July 21st.
1 – Steve Aoki – “Kolony Anthem (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN & Bok Nero)”
2 – Steve Aoki & Yellow Claw – “Lit (feat. Gucci Mane and T-Pain)”
3 – Steve Aoki & DVBBS – “Without U (feat. 2 Chainz)”
4 – Steve Aoki – “How Else (feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN and Rich The Kid)”
5 – Steve Aoki – “Been Ballin (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)”
6 – Steve Aoki – “Night Call (feat. Migos and Lil Yachty)”
7 – Steve Aoki & Bad Royale “4,000,000 (feat. Ma$e & Big Gigantic)”
8 – Steve Aoki – “If I Told You That I Love You (feat. Wale)”
9 – Steve Aoki & Bad Royale – “No Time (feat. Jimmy October)”
10 – Steve Aoki & Ricky Remedy – “Thank You Very Much (feat. Sonny Digital).”
The EDM bubble has been rumored to be on the verge of popping, but DJs that mix EDM continue to climb the ranks of celebrity and financial standing. Forbes recently made a list of some of the highest paid DJs in 2016. The highest paid among them are Avicii ($14.5 million), Afrojack ($15 million), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ($15.5 million), Martin Garrix ($16 million), Kaskade ($19 million), Skrillex ($20 million), Diplo ($23 million), Steve Aoki ($23.5 million), Zedd ($24.5 million), and Calvin Harris ($63 million).
The top acts command hundreds of thousands of dollars due in part to the bar set by payment from Las Vegas residencies. A quick glance at a list of DJ residencies in Las Vegas for 2017 will reveal many of Forbes’s highest ranking DJs. Listen to Steve Aoki explain the role of Las Vegas in dj payouts below.
These days a DJ who makes an appearance at a large venue or on the main stage of a festival doesn’t come alone. In addition to the sound crew, there may be visual artists and other professionals who will work together to create a sensational, audio-visual experience around the DJ. The expense of travel and movement of all that equipment has to also be taken into account. A couch is not considered adequate accommodations so add in the expense of lodging. Let’s not forget stylists, artist managers, and other essential staff. When considering what goes into not only booking but bringing a DJ to an event, it is easy to see how costs add up.
The entry-level DJ will quickly realize after starting out that before a steady income comes dues that must be paid. If a DJ is not established, he or she may be asked to play for free, in exchange for exposure and maybe a drink ticket or two. After some time spent working crowds and building a presence, what then would a DJ expect to be paid?
There are several factors that go into how much DJs are paid: the type of party, the type of venue, the size of the venue, the duration of the time slot, and how far the DJ has to travel. A DJ who has asked to remain anonymous has said that he charges $150 an hour, but knows local DJs who are charging up to $250. He went on to say that a DJ of Tiesto’s caliber could command up to $300,000 for two hours. With this revelation, it’s hard to imagine the EDM bubble bursting anytime soon.