Elon Musk has long been poised behind the driver’s wheel of Tesla Inc., but if he ever wanted to switch gears to the music industry, Steve Aoki would be more than happy to assist. Aoki declared Musk his next collaborator of choice, if he were to have his pick of in-studio company, that is. “I would love to collaborate with Elon Musk,” Aoki said during his recent appearance on BuzzFeed‘s AM to DM live morning show. “At the end of the day… I just need like, ideas, creative flow, energy, and then kind of vibe off that.”
Aoki is no one-trick pony. The Dim Mak head manages a host of business projects outside the music and entertainment industries, including fashion ventures that have led him to collaborate on merch with BAPE and to show a men’s streetwear collection during New York Fashion Week in 2017. While a bakery might have appeared a more apt fit for Aoki’s live tradition of caking his audience members, the versatile DJ additionally launched a pizza restaurant by the name of “Pizzaoki” in July 2018, enabling Aoki fans to satiate their savory cravings. Now that Musk has stepped down as the chairman of Tesla holdings, the automotive expert just might have time to apply his creative “drive” to a more musically oriented endeavor.
Over the past year, Tesla has been in the news quite a bit for their Autopilot malfunctions. Just yesterday, a Tesla driver in Laguna Beach hit a parked police car while using his autopilot. Tesla responded by saying that customers must “maintain control of the vehicle at all times.” While the news continues to portray
Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, is the latest powerful voice to recently speak out on the issue of unequal distribution. The issue is no new struggle in contemporary capitalism, either. The fact of the matter is: when big business is involved, individuals lose out.
But it seems Musk now has a direct stake in the issue considering he’s now dating Canadian singer/songwriter, Grimes. The couple made their first public appearance as a couple at the Met Gala last week in New York City.
The conversation arose over Twitter when Musk was asked about his favorite Grimes song; for which, by the way, he has two:
While the issue of online streaming payouts continues to be a new frontier for the music industry — especially as it converges with tech giants and new platforms who want a piece of the pie — Musk should be commended for bringing the issue into public conversation. At the very least, it is a genuine show of online activism when powerful tech elites raise their voices for unheard, underpaid artistic creatives who often get no say in the matter.
In a ground-breaking move, Tesla Motors has just partnered up with Serato to bring you the world’s first ever DJ-Drive system. Say goodbye to auxiliary cords, CDs, and terrible Bluetooth interfaces. Serato is changing the game and bringing you bangers mixed in the comfort of your car. “The release of the latest Tesla firmware update
Odesza stopped by Tesla the other day in between stops on their incredibly busy tour schedule. The electric car pioneer has made headlines recently for everything including an electric roadster which destroys super cars, a massive partially electric truck and their CEO generally being on the line of evil genius and the most powerful mind
Police in Northumbria — who specifically police the areas of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear in northeast England — have issued a warning on blue Tesla pills being sold as ecstasy that they believe to be tainted.
The pills called into question are believed to contain a combination of meth and cocaine. As a result, police are asking anyone who comes into contact with the pills to alert the authorities immediately. Just three months ago, these same pills were called into question on Reddit as a user posted about Teslas bought in Manchester being larger than normal. Several users replied the pills were uncharacteristic in details and another user responded they contained meth.
On Saturday, June 17, Lowtemp Records founder and electro-funk extraordinaire Gramatik, once again headlined his own show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. The event marked the third year in a row that the artist, real name Denis Jašarević, has headlined the venue, and the second time his stage has been themed after one of his favorite historical figures, Nikola Tesla.
Anze Koron, a stage and content designer for Gramatik, says, “2017 marks the 100th year since Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower was torn down by corporations who opposed Tesla’s idea to give free energy to the world.” Thus, the show this year was “RE:COIL” – a play on his previous Tesla Coil stage design, “The Coil,” and, according to Koron, the name was also a political comment on the presidency that started this year.
The stage itself took up the entire available space at Red Rocks, resulting in a 30-foot-tall Tesla coil built out of LED screens as the center piece, with other subsidiary lights surrounding it. As was Tesla’s goal with the Wardenclyffe Tower, Gramatik sent wave after wave of powerful energy ripping through the air, electrifying everyone in the crowd for close to three hours – and that’s not including the supporting acts Mr. Carmack, Ekali and Flamingosis.
The stage stood as a testament to Gramatik’s stance in life and on politics – specifically the corruption in our country from big corporations. Net neutrality, scientific advancement for the well-being of everyone, not just the rich, and the current state of politics in the United States were all themes that Denis and his team wove into and throughout the performance. Gramatik spent some time literally weaving those themes into the night as well – such as the sign he held up that simply stated in large block letters, “Science is Cool.”
One of the major highlights of the night, aside from the incredible stage production and the fact that it was Gramatik playing, was Gramatik’s keyboard player, Anomalie, a prodigy-level player who melted just about every face and most of the keys on his keyboard as well.
Anomalie has been playing and studying classical and jazz piano since the age of four, and only recently began touring with Gramatik. In 2015, Gramatik reached out to the aspiring young musician when he ran across a video of Anomalie playing piano over the track “Chillaxin By The Sea,” and the two started talking regularly.
“I sent him a track I was working on,” said Anomalie, “and he asked if I wanted to release it on Lowtemp – that was my single ‘Odyssée,’ released in April 2016.” This was the single that put Anomalie on the radar for a quickly growing number of Lowtemp listeners and beyond. “Odyssée” was featured last year in the second edition of Dancing Astronaut’s 5 Under 5k.
Anomalie said he started playing with Gramatik in August of 2016, and has also been working hard on his own music. In fact, Gramatik took some time during the show to play two of Anomalie’s brand new tracks, “Velours” and “Le Bleury,” off of his recently released debut EP, “Métropole.” Groovy, jazzy, and interesting on many levels; it was obvious during those tracks (if it hadn’t been obvious already due to his downright magical keyboard skills, as seen in this video) that Gramatik made the right decision by signing him.
With another spectacular year on the Rocks in the bag, Gramatik continues to tour and release music on a tight schedule. Last Friday, July 21, he released a new heavy-yet-funky dubstep single with Galactic Marvl, “Voyager Twins.”
Mercurial tech baron and founder of Tesla, Elon Musk is rumored to be working on a new music streaming platform, to be run specifically on Tesla vehicles in the near future—possibly as early as the new Model 3, which rolls out next month.
Oddly enough, rather that collaborating with existing streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, each of which boast millions of monthly subscribers, Musk seems dead set on perfecting a proprietary software for Tesla.
In the words of a Tesla Spokesperson, “We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose. Our goal is to simply achieve maximum happiness for our customers.”
All that remains to be seen if this ambitious project materializes into a concrete feature.