Published Aug 30, 2016Before he takes a centuries-long in a cryogenic deep freeze, EDM champ Steve Aoki continues to crank out material at a break-neck speed. Today, he's sort of returned to his punk roots with a remix of Blink-182's California standout "Bored to Death."
The track pairs Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba's vocal stylings with Aoki's club-ready bleeps and bloops, offering everything you could ever expect from an EDM Blink remix.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Aoki offered a long explanation for his love of Blink-182:
I was in college at the time, sophomore year at UCSB 1996-97, and a roommate of mine was blasting Cheshire Cat in the vegan co-op I was living in. That was my intro to Blink-182. Their songs become undeniable sing-a-longs with the most relatable lyrics. They are extremely cool dudes in general, and I love working in the studio with people so dedicated to their craft. I've been a long time fan before becoming friends with them. Once the door opened to work on music with Travis Barker back in 2010, we did a lot of collaborative music together and it was always a dream to work with Blink-182 in any way possible. Once I heard they were back together working on this album I had to get in Feldmann's studio with them and chop it up. The first thing I could get my hands on was the stems to 'Bored to Death,' so I went to work immediately on this remix. The thing is, I love every song on the new album and I'd probably remix all of them because I'm that much of a fan boy. I wanted to make a fun, crazed out drop that would make kids go wild to this song at my shows. It's definitely the peak moment for me in my sets when I want the energy level at 11. I play this remix in every DJ set around the world, and I always stop the music to let the crowd know that Blink-182 is one of my favorite bands in the world – because they are.
The band's Mark Hoppus had some similar sucking up to do when discussing Steve Aoki:
So stoked to have Steve's remix of 'Bored to Death' released to the world. We've been talking for a couple of years about collaborating on a track together, and all of our schedules finally aligned. He came to the studio we were recording California in for a couple of days, bounced some ideas back and forth, and he took the song back to his studio and worked his magic there. I really dig what he did with the track, took it to a whole different place. He's at the top of his game, and we're proud to have a song in his arsenal. Steve is one of the most talented and hardest working artists I know, and approaches everything with a sense of joy and excitement. Cake me.
You can check out a music video for Steve Aoki's Blink-182 remix below.