Q&A: Steve Aoki on His Next Collabs & the Future of Mankind

March 27, 2015 | by Carla Torres

Steve Aoki goes deep on what he thinks the future holds (humans won’t have organs), the new collabs on Neon Future II, and which is harder—the restaurant business or the music industry.

Steve Aoki at the Dim Mak Miami House on March 25.

Steve Aoki at the Dim Mak Miami House on March 25.

Steve Aoki travels 300 days out of the year. This particular week, the Grammy-nominated artist finds himself in Miami for Winter Music Conference. “I was just in Japan putting the finishes touches on my fashion collection,” says the producer/DJ who’s also a fashion designer and restaurateur. Although born into the restaurant industry (his father is the late Benihana creator Rocky Aoki), he wanted to take a different route—one fueled by his passion, which we learned isn’t limited to a single project at a time.

A fan of comic books, science fiction, and the unknown, Aoki has boldly dove into a world of possibilities last year with his second album, Neon Future I. From humans who live forever as spiritual beings to an introduction by Google engineer and author of The Age of the Spiritual Machines Ray Kurzweil, the 10-track album is transcendent from beginning to end.

“I love to geek out,” Aoki says just 10 minutes after taking off his shirt, climbing the roof of a mansion on Miami Beach, and getting into a Buddha pose. It’s how he prepares for WMC, and during our interview on Wednesday, March 25 at his label Dim Mak's Miami house, we learned just how extraordinary Aoki and his thought process are. >>Read More

 

Q&A: Paul van Dyk on the Reality of Being No. 1 & Press-Play DJs

March 24, 2015 | by Carla Torres

Not one to label music, including his own sound, DJ Paul van Dyk gets real about the misconceptions of the EDM world, his craziest night in Miami, and more.

Paul van Dyk

Paul van Dyk.

"As an artist you should just give in to your art and let it go,” says Paul van Dyk, who for over two decades has challenged the status quo of electronic dance music, or EDM. “I don’t care for either.” What does he care about, then? Making music that holds a deeper meaning and is relatable to his listeners. It’s what’s made his record label, Vandit, a 15-year success and made him the first artist to be nominated for the then-new dance/electronic Grammy category in 2003 for his album "Reflections."

Van Dyk had a 13-year streak in the top 10 of DJ Mag’s top 100 poll, and while that may have ended, he secured the coveted No. 1 spot twice—something few DJs have ever achieved. But van Dyk is unlike other DJs. He’s also won a Mexican Oscar for his work in the film Zurdoand shared a Grammy win for his work on the Dark Knight’s original soundtrack. He grew up in a single household in communist East Germany, secretly listening to forbidden music beyond the Berlin Wall. Shortly after its fall in 1991, he secured his first club gig. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, van Dyk is one of the biggest names in EDM, so it's no shocker that he's in town for Miami Music Week to host a yacht party, perform at Space, and do a set at Ultra. But before all that, the talented DJ stopped to talk to us about electronic music, his process, and his next challenge. >>Read More

 

Spotted: Enrique Iglesias Dines Privately; David Guetta Kicks Back

March 20, 2015 | by Lane Nieset

Where did Enrique Iglesias stop for a casual, yet private dinner in Miami? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings.

Enrique Iglesias.

Enrique Iglesias.

Enrique Iglesias Goes VIP at Zuma

A casually dressed Enrique Iglesias was seen entering Zuma's private dining room on the evening of Sunday, March 15.

Actress Arlene Tur was also spotted at Zuma having dinner with friends on Thursday, March 12.

David Guetta Hangs at Villa Azur

The French DJ was spotted at Villa Azur's Thursday-night dinner party on March 5.

A few days later, stars like new Miami Heat player Goran Dragić, NBA champ Scottie Pippen, and actor Danny A. Abeckaser attended the restaurant's three-year anniversary party on Saturday, March 7. >>Read More


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