Steve Aoki Gets Emotional During Katie Couric Interview


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.”

Premiere: Speaking Minds – “Yaoundé”

speaking minds

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.

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The Chemical Brothers To Drop ‘Born in the Echoes’ in July

The Chemical Brothers Born in the Echoes

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
7 Reflexion
8 Taste Of Honey
9 Born In The Echoes [ft. Cate Le Bon]
10 Radiate
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

Underworld’s Only U.S. Show in 2015 in L.A.


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.

Matrixxman’s Debut LP Out July 10 on Ghostly

Matrixxman Homesick Ghostly

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.

Homesick‘s Tracklist

  1. Necronomicon
  2. Augmented
  3. Red Light District
  4. Packard Plant
  5. Dejected
  6. Network Failure
  7. False Pattern Recognition
  8. Opium Den
  9. Annika’s Theme
  10. HMU (Hit Me Up) (feat. Vin Sol)
  11. Switchlade
  12. Earth Like Conditions

DJ Chart: Jaime Narvaez’s Top 10 for April 2015

Jaime-Narvaez DJ Chart

Jaime Narvaez’s Top 10 for April 2015

  1. Jaceo & Trent Cantrelle – “Systematic Addict” (Toolroom)
  2. Dolly Rockers & Savi Leon – “Get Serious” (Vudu)
  3. Metodi Hristov – “Popcorned” (Toolroom Longplayer)
  4. Oxia, Paul C & Paolo Martini – “Give That Feeling” (Paul C & Paolo Martini Remix) (Material)
  5. Gene Farris & Riva Starr – “After Dark Is When We Move” (Original Mix) (Dirtybird)
  6. Matthias Tanzmann & Dan Drastic – “Puddle Trouble” (Nic Fanciulli & Marc Fanciulli Remix) (Stereo Productions)
  7. Victor Vera – “Prototype” (Natura Viva)
  8. Marco Carola – “Bloody Cash” (Plus 8)
  9. Marcelo Cura – “That Shit” (Pirupa & Leon Remix) (D-FLOOR Music)
  10. Miguel Bastida – “Assault” (Original Mix) (Be One Records)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish them.