Katie Couric has worked as a network news anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent, interviewing world leaders and captains of industry. Now her role at Yahoo News has led her to sitting down with Dim Mak head/EDM star Steve Aoki.
To Couric’s credit, she’s extremely well prepared by her staff about electro-house, bootlegs and Aoki’s past. Likewise, Aoki is articulate and likable.
When asked about his early bootlegs, Aoki tells a surprised Couric that SoundCloud is filled with unsanctioned interpretations of songs.
While he is a bit of a buffoon on stage — there’s lots of time in the conversation devoted to why he “cakes” his fans — Aoki choked up when Couric brought up his father, Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, who passed away in 2008.
Aoki reiterates his often-told story about living from hand to mouth for much of his adult life when he moved to Los Angeles, trying to make a go of his party/label and DJ career. Seeing his son struggling to make “$100 here, $100 there” led him to suggest other career options for his son.
Choking back tears Aoki said, “In 2008 he finally got to a place where he was like, I don’t have to worry about you…that was nice to get to a place where I was like, Dad, I made it.”
With releases on My Favorite Robot, Compost, Musica Autonomica and Cityfox as well as remixes for DJ Sneak and Sea Creatures to their credit, emerging duo Speaking Minds are set to present their first EP for Alex Niggemann’s AEON label.
The Road To Paradise EP shows even more sides of Simone Sinatti and Marco Paladin’s musical personality, which leans in the direction of deep, vibey music living on the border between techno and house music.
To whet your appetite, here’s the world premiere of “Yaoundé” from the Northern Italy-based pair’s smoldering three-track offering.
Clocking in at over 7 minutes, the meditative instrumental is an understated, epic production delicately built on deep bass and synths and carefully crafted drums.
If you’re a sucker for beautiful electronic music, then you just found your new favorite producers.
Speaking Minds’ Road To Paradise EP is released April 27, 2015 on AEON.
Five years after the release of their seventh album, 2010’s Further, The Chemical Brothers will present Born in the Echoes on July 17. The album features collaborations with St. Vincent, Beck, Q-Tip (who the Bros. featured on “Galvanize” off 2005’s Push the Button), Cate Le Bon and Ali Love.
Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have released a video for opening track “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted” and begin an extensive world tour on June 10 in Luxembourg. More information as we learn it.
Born in the Echoes track list
1 Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
2 Go [ft. Q-Tip]
3 Under Neon Lights [ft. St. Vincent]
4 EML Ritual [ft. Ali Love]
5 I’ll See You There
6 Just Bang
8 Taste Of Honey
9 Born In The Echoes [ft. Cate Le Bon]
11 Wide Open [ft. Beck]
The Chemical Brothers Summer Tour Dates
6-10 Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
6-12 Warsaw, Poland – Orange Warsaw Festival
6-20 Barcelona, Spain – Sonar Festival
6-25 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
6-26 St. Gallen, Switzerland – Festival Openair St. Gallen
7-01 Villa Contarini, Italy – Hydrogen Festival
7-02 Rome, Italy – Rock In Roma
7-04 Belfort, France – Eurockeennes
7-10 Split, Croatia – Ultra Europe
7-12 Aix-les-Bains, France – Festival Musilac
7-17 Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park
7-19 Dublin, Ireland – Longitude Festival
8-01 Pomona, CA – HARD Summer
8-07 Thuringen, Germany – SonneMondSterne Festival
8-15 Chiba, Japan – Summer Sonic
8-20 St. Polten, Austria – Frequency Festival
8-21 Charleville-Mezieres, France – Le Cabaret Vert
8-22 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
8-29 Cheshire, England – Creamfields
9-12 Isle Of White, England – Bestival 2015
Having had the pleasure of seeing Underworld perform at least six times over the years, I can attest that their ever-evolving live show is a true spectacle to behold. After Karl Hyde revealed on a recent BBC Radio 6 guest mix that Underworld will be recording a new album in the not too distant future and playing select summer dates, today the duo announced their only U.S. appearance this year will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on June 21, 2015.
But this isn’t just any show — it’s a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album classic 1994 album dubnobasswithmyheadman, which boasts classic songs like “Mmm…Skyscraper I Love You,” “Dirty Epic” and “Cowgirl.” The gig is also part of KCRW’s World Festival series.
Tickets go on sale to the public on May 3, 2015. Fans can gain access to the exclusive pre-sale starting April 24th by signing up for Underworld’s mailing list.
Emerging Bay Area producer Charles Duff — who is more commonly known as Matrixxman — has announced he will release his debut album on July 10, 2015 on Ghostly. Since making a splash on the global stage with a spate of high-quality releases and remixes over the past two or so years, his forthcoming effort, Homesick, presents Duff with room to spread his creative wings even wider.
Duff, who also co-runs the mighty Soo Wavey label with Vin Sol — the two collaborated on “HMU (Hit Me Up)” on the upcoming album — has posted “Augmented,” a rollicking techno-rooted track from Homesick, giving fans a hint of what to expect.
In other Matrixxman news, Duff plays The Bunker’s party at Output here in Brooklyn, along with La-4a, Alessandro Cortini, Neel, Romans and Clay Wilson, on April 25.