Steve Aoki is jumping aboard the deep house train. He recently revealed that he's producing deep house tracks during an interview with Mixmag.
One of the main reasons he's beginning to produce deep house is because of Ibiza. Over the summer, he played at Cafe Mambo in Ibiza, which forced him to play different kind of music. He said, "That kind of environment, the banging stuff just doesn't work, so I was playing house: Maceo Plex, Ten Walls, Tiga's collaborations, Duke Dumont and some more underground stuff."
This experience drove him to produce his own deep house music. However, we might not know if the tracks are Aoki's when they're released. "I won't release it under Steve Aoki, it'll be under another name," revealed Aoki. "I don't want to confuse people who associate me with my usual sound, and I want it to be judged on its own merits. We'll see how it does."
We wonder if the deep house productions will be completely dissociated from Aoki and Dim Mak Records. If they are, then it'll be interesting to see how the music is received by the public. Things could get a little crazy if Aoki actually produces some awesome deep house tracks under his alias. He could potentially pick up a ZHU-like following if his tracks are good and the alias is marketed properly.
Just last week, Porter Robinson said that he's witnessed a noticeable shift in the DJ Mag Top 100's sound over the past year. He believes many popular producers are starting to dabble in pseudo-deep house, and his assertion appears to be true.
We'll keep you updated on Aoki's deep house tracks in the future.