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Posted : 2009-12-29 16:35
Updated : 2009-12-29 16:35

Welcome 2010 With DJ Steve Aoki


Top DJ Steve Aoki will play at the MILK 2010 New Year’s Eve party, with Pete Rock and Mademoiselle Yulia, at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Intercontinental Hotel, Samseong- dong, southern Seoul, Dec. 31.
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
Staff Reporter

For a jet-setting top DJ like Steve Aoki, celebrations like New Year's Eve are not a time to be spent at home, but at a party playing music for thousands of people eager to have fun.

This year is no different. Aoki will be performing at the MILK 2010 New Year's Eve party at the Grand Ballroom, Grand Intercontinental Hotel, Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, Dec. 31.

``It's going to be my fourth time playing in Seoul. Korea is one of my favorite places to play. I'm excited to be spending New Year's Eve there,'' Aoki told The Korea Times in a phone interview.

Aoki is currently in the middle of the ``I'm in the House Asia Tour.'' He spent Christmas Day performing in Kuala Lumpur, followed by a gig in Taipei. He has a Dec. 30 show in Sapporo, before heading to Seoul for the New Year's Eve party, followed by gigs in Jakarta and Bali over the weekend.

Aoki, who plays over 300 gigs a year, says he's always been busy on New Year's Eve. ``Usually, if it's New Year's, all the top DJs are playing around the world. In the last few years, I was in Miami and Australia for New Year's Eve,'' he said.

It may be his fourth time in Seoul, but it's his first time playing here on New Year's Eve. Aoki promises to mix it up.

``I'm just going to play it by ear, see what the crowd's like. I'm going to have a lot of new songs and remixes. It's probably going to be 60 percent original tracks,'' he said.

Aoki has his own record label Dim Mak Records, which has released music by artists such as MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, Scanners and Mystery Jets.

In 2010, Aoki is planning on cutting back on his club gigs. ``I'm going to have to slow down a bit as a DJ. I usually do around 300 gigs a year, maybe I'll just have around 250 next year. That'll mean more days in LA. I can finish my album, which I've been working on for the last year,'' he said.

His latest album is expected to drop in the summer. The first single ``I'm in the House,'' features [[[Zuper Blahq]]], which is a pseudonym for Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am.

Aoki has also been involved in fashion, creating special lines for KR3W Apparel and Supra Footwear, headphones for WESC, sunglasses for KSUBI, headwear for NEFF and bags for Burton.

Next year, Aoki is hoping to launch a new men's and women's clothing line with his sister and model Devon Aoki. The line will be called DASA, which stands for their initials.

Along with Aoki, the MILK Festival 2010 New Year's Eve party also features legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock, Japanese DJ Mademoiselle Yulia and Risque Rhythm Machine.

Advance tickets (55,000 won) are sold until Dec. 30. Tickets at the door are 65,000 won. Visit ticket.auction.co.kr, ticket.interpark.com or partyluv.com. For VIP table reservations and tickets, e-mail milkfestival@gmail.com or call (02) 798-2584.

cathy@koreatimes.co.kr

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