Steve Aoki Reworks Oliver Heldens’ Hit Single ‘What The Funk’

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Oliver Heldens’ funkified hit “What The Funk (feat. Danny Shah)” gets an electro house face lift from Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki, premiered on Billboard. Upping the ante with festival synths, big room drums and revved up basslines, Aoki takes Heldens’ groove on a neon future workout. The record marks the second project between the two powerhouses, following Heldens’ official remix of Aoki’s Bad Royale collaboration “$4 Million (feat. Ma$e & Big Gigantic).”

After signing with Spinnin’ Records in 2013 at just 18, Oliver Heldens has been unstoppable. The Dutch wunderkind catapulted into dance music’s elite after breakthrough single “Gecko” caught the eyes and ears of legendary tastemakers Tiësto and Pete Tong. After revamping the original with the vocals of The Voice U.K. contestant Becky Hill on “Gecko (Overdrive),” the record became platinum-certified, eclipsing U.K. Charts at #1, and has since amassed 171 M+ on-demand streams to date. After premiering his Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1, Pete Tong named the rising star “one of the breakthrough producers of the year,” while Rolling Stone touted him as an artist to watch in 2014. Heldens now globally broadcasts his Heldeep Radio show on BBC Radio 1 and Sirius XM, in addition to residencies at prestigious venues in Las Vegas. A wearer of many hats, the young artist also produces under his darker house persona HI-LO, released under his label Heldeep Records.

Possessing an illustrious catalogue with countless chart-topping hits, award-winning electronic producer, entrepreneur, mogul and DJ Steve Aoki stands as one of contemporary music’s most timeless multi-hyphenates. Finishing off 2017 on a high note, Steve Aoki recently put out “All Night,” his entrancing buzzworthy collaboration with Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony. The single hit #1 on iTunes overall in 14 countries and #1 on the iTunes Dance Charts in 30 countries. A week later, Aoki joined forces with Korean-Pop supergroup BTS on an official remix of “MIC Drop” featuring Desiigner. Taking the world by storm, the rework peaked at #1 iTunes Overall in 44 countries while the remix video is #1 trending on YouTube, quickly surpassing 32M views. “All Night,” “MIC Drop,” and “What The Funk” follow Aoki’s critically acclaimed hip hop album KOLONY, which feature songs with Migos, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

About Steve Aoki
STEVE AOKI is a 2x Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak Records has become a launch pad for seminal acts such as The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases, and now has well over 900 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. Known for collaborations ranging from Snoop Dogg to Linkin Park to JJ Abrams to Migos and Louis Tomlinson (One Direction), AOKI’s debut artist album was nominated for the Best Electronic/Dance album Grammy while his follow ups NEON FUTURE I & II featured his Gold certified single “Delirious (Boneless)” with Kid Ink. Most recently, “Just Hold On” with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson became a global smash after the pair debuted the song with a performance on X Factor. The song topped the charts at #1 in 43 countries and has since achieved Gold or Platinum status in 18 countries. AOKI recently received his second Grammy nomination in the Best Music Film category as the subject of the 2016 Netflix Original documentary “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” which premiered to a sold out audience at the Tribeca Film Festival. Steve has also donated and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations including his own AOKI FOUNDATION with a primary goal of supporting institutions specializing in brain science and research on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. Steve Aoki released his latest album Kolony on July 21 (via Dim Mak Records / Ultra Records) which debuted at #1 on the Electronic Album charts. Kolony marks AOKI’s first full turn into rap music, with nearly 10 years of hip-hop collaborations, which he describes as “bridging the gap” between genres and is stacked with hard-hitting rhymes from some of the most prominent lyricists today, including Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Migos, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, ILOVEMAKONNEN, T Pain, and more.

Oliver Heldens Tour Dates
12/08 @ Albert Hall – Manchester, UK
12/09 @ TBA – Glasgow, UK
12/10 @ TBA – Glasgow, UK
12/27 @ Elektricity – Pontiac, MI
12/28 HI-LO @ Kingdom – Austin, TX
12/30 @ Decadence – Chandler, AZ
4/6 @ Electric Mountain Festival – Solden, AT

Steve Aoki Tour Dates
12/01 @ Club Cubic – Haikou Shi, CN
12/02 @ Club Dr. Oscar – Wuxi, CN
12/03 @ Club Space – Wuhan, CN
12/04 @ Club Syndrome – Kunming, CN
12/04 @ Club Papaya – Xian, CN
12/06 @ Club Space – Chengdu, CN
12/07 @ Dr. Oscar – Tianjing, CN
12/08 @ Sir. Teen – Ningbo, CN
12/09 @ Electric Music Jungle Festival – Shenzhen, CN
12/10 @ Wired Festival – Nagoya, JP
12/15 @ Cove – Manila, PH
12/16 @ DJakarta Warehouse Project – Jakarta, ID
12/29 @ Park City Live – Park City, UT
12/30 @ Decadence (Arizona) – Chandler, AZ
12/31 @ Hakkasan at MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
1/5 @ Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
1/12 @ Salzburg Arena – Salzburg, Austria
1/13 @ Marx Venue – Vienna, Austria
1/26 @ O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
1/27 @ Academy – Manchester, UK
1/28 @ Great Hall – Cardiff, UK
1/29 @ O2 Academy – Newcastle, Australia
1/30 @ O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
7/20 @ Parookaville – Weeze, DE

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