Arguably Steve Aoki‘s biggest collaboration of the year, “Waste It On Me” featuring Grammy-nominated K-pop group BTS surpassed 100 million streams within just one month of being released, and the music video featured celebrities ranging from Ross Butler to Ken Jeong. “Waste It On Me” is getting the remix treatment by the likes of Slushii, Cheat Codes, and now W&W as the song continues to be a global fixture.
W&W‘s rendition of the song still opens with the drippy and smooth vocals from the BTS members, but pulsing big room synths drown out the vocals as the drop approaches. The big-room sound then makes way for a fun collection of sounds, synthesized vocals, and electro chords layered over top. As the song progresses, piercing notes take the track a completely new direction. The only unifying factor of the remix is that the listener can be sure that they will not be able to predict what is coming next.
Steve Aoki became the EDM ambassador to K-Pop when he started to work closely with the (now) iconic group BTS. After a high profile remix and collaboration, Steve saw a massive success by partnering with one of the world’s hottest icons. Steve and BTS’ collaboration, ‘Waste It On Me’ saw international success as the BTS
Friends and contemporaries have collided on a new remix of Steve Aoki and BTS‘ track “Waste It On Me.” The remix comes thanks to LA-based trio Cheat Codes, who have tapped into their friendship with fellow LA native Aoki leading up to their support on his Neon Future IIItour to put their own spin on the global track.
That move has led to a laid-back, danceable gem that builds upon the rhythmic pop crossover foundation that Aoki created across the board on the album’s release earlier this year. Highlighting the vocals provided from K-pop’s golden boys turned international superstars BTS, Cheat Codes have given “Waste It On Me” a boost in its cool factor.
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Belgian producer Alex Lustig has had a monumental output in 2018. Dropping nine releases, comprised of two EPs and a whole load of singles, the Young Thug and French Montana collaborator has spent the year making a name for himself in his solo work. After releasing his most recent single, “Under Pressure,” early this December, the track may be getting a boost after gaining some viral attention.
Coincidentally, Lustig has caught the eye of another act that had a massive 2018. Korean pop group BTS recently uploaded a video of themselves practicing MMA, with Lustig’s track playing in the background. With users in the comments clamoring for the track ID, this may be just another boost to round out Lustig’s solid 2018.
In todays crazy digital age, all it takes is one moment to blow up. That one special moment came this past weekend as global K-Pop stars BTS used his song “Under Pressure” in a video of theirs. Without a doubt, BTS has blown up over the course of 2018. The seven-person boy band dominates the
If there is one thing Steve Aoki has undoubtedly mastered, it’s the ability to entertain. Whether through a live show or a video, the producer has the unparalleled ability to capture the attention of millions. His latest collaboration with Korean pop sensation BTS, titled “Waste It On Me,” is yet another example of this, with the track debuting at No. 1 in more than 60 countries.
The official music video for the track stars none other than The Hangover‘s Ken Jeong, who falls in love with a woman he is serving at a club. The video features an exclusively Asian-American cast, with heavy-hitters including Aoki’s half sister and supermodel Devon Aoki and Thirteen Reasons Why stars Ross Butler and Jamie Chung. Aoki spoke about the video, and the track’s impact on him that inspired the Asian-American cast in the first place.
“When I found out that ‘Waste It On Me’ was the No. 1 song in the world on Apple Music, I realized that this track represented more than just me and BTS,” said Aoki. “It’s bigger than music, and we hope to show other Asians they are also a part of the global commercial musical landscape. I feel so deeply about the Asian footprint in music culture that I wanted the music video to have an entirely Asian cast and director. The video tells the story of ‘Waste It On Me’ in an incredibly funny, witty, and clever manner.”
We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”
As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.
Steve Aoki has been on a roll this week. First he became the first modern dance music producer to be featured in the Smithsonian, and now, after teasing fans about a big announcement, he’s brought forth a full track list to accompany his Neon Future III album announcement–plus a new single.
The new Aoki heat, “Waste It On Me” is a collaboration with none other than Korean powerhouse group BTS. The track is a momentous one, in that it’s their first song to be released entirely in English. Aoki has been teasing this collaboration for some time now, beginning with him posting a slew of photos with the group this past May; and the release is certainly recompense for the wait.
Featuring bass valleys that ascend into crescendoing vocal highs, the track tells the story of young, capricious love. While definitely a commercial track, Aoki finds a way to organically infuse nuanced elements into the production.
BTS commented on the collaboration, saying, “We’re happy for this meaningful and heart-felt collaboration… We hope this would be a good present for our fans.”
BTS and Aoki began their musical relationship back in 2017, when the latter remixed BTS’s hit single, “MIC Drop” with Grammy-nominated rapper Desiigner. The release went on to eclipse the Billboard US World Digital Chart in 2017-2018, amass over 7 million streams on Spotify, and become the highest-charting song by a K-pop group in US history.
Aoki’s full track list of Neon Future III reveals additional scintillating collaborations, such as tracks with Bella Thorne, Mike Posner, and Bill Nye among others. “Waste It On Me” featuring BTS is out now via Ultra Music.
Steve Aoki – Neon Future III (Intro) Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On Steve Aoki – Waste It On Me ft. BTS Steve Aoki & Nicky Romero – Be Somebody ft. Kiiara Steve Aoki – Pretender ft. Lil Yachty & AJR Steve Aoki – A Lover And A Memory ft. Mike Posner Steve Aoki – Why Are We So Broken ft. blink-182 Steve Aoki – Golden Days ft. Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World Steve Aoki – Our Love Glows ft. Lady Antebellum Steve Aoki – Anything More ft. Era Istrefi Steve Aoki x Lauren Jauregui – All Night Steve Aoki – Do Not Disturb ft. Bella Thorne Steve Aoki – Lie To Me ft. Ina Wroldsen Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz & Elvis Crespo – Azukita Steve Aoki & TWIIG – Hoovela Steve Aoki & Don Diablo x Lush & Simon – What We Started ft. BullySongs Steve Aoki – Noble Gas ft. Bill Nye
Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Steve Aoki just dropped his new single “Waste It On Me” featuring BTS along with the track list for his highly anticipated album Neon Future III,set to release next month on Friday, November 9th via Ultra Music/Dim Mak. Aoki’s new track “Waste It On Me” is another mega collab with