If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: kids just want to dance.
It’s an adage Steve Aoki knows well, as the Los Angeles-based DJ/producer has been at the forefront of the new dance music revival since the mid-‘00s. Among the most popular DJs on the global rave circuit, Aoki has worked with a wide range of marquee collaborators for his original productions, including Kid Cudi, Travis Barker and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, all of whom appear on Aoki’s debut album, 2012’s Wonderland.
During an interview with Radio.com during this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Aoki talked about what he’s got in store for his second artist album, Neon Future, which is still without a release date.
“I’ve got collaborations with Knife Party, R3hab, Flux Pavilion,” Aoki said regarding Neon Future before taking the stage for his Lollapalooza set. “In like a week or two, I’m going to perform with this band, one of my favorite bands ever, growing up. We’ve been writing like four or five songs together,” he added mysteriously, declining to name the band at the time.
We now know that band to be Linkin Park, with Aoki revealing the collaboration “A Light That Never Comes” during the DJs’ show during the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, Japan, over the weekend (August 10-11). Linkin Park members Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda joined Aoki onstage to sing the song live over the DJ’s beats (see video above).
“They’re literally one of the biggest bands in the world, at least for me,” Aoki raved. “They’re like, literally one of the top 10 biggest bands in the world. I swear to God. Working with them is incredible.
“At least like, as far as influence in their culture, they’re to me like the Rage Against the Machine of their sound,” Aoki continued. “Rage Against the Machine is my favorite band, so…”