Steve Aoki Remixes My Chemical Romance's 'Welcome To The Black Parade'
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their iconic album The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance taps Dim Mak label head Steve Aoki to remix their 2006 single "Welcome To The Black Parade." Keeping the timeless vocals of frontman Gerard Way intact, Aoki breathes new life into the emo classic by injecting his signature electro flair in a flawless amalgamation of new-school and old-school. To coincide with the release, Aoki and Way are live-streaming a head-to-head battle in the multiplayer shooting game Overwatch on Twitch, the world's premier online portal for live gaming. The stream will take place on Aoki's birthday (November 30th), making it a celebration trifecta where the victor will win $10,000 to donate to the charity of his choice.
To this day, My Chemical Romance's breakout album The Black Parade remains an archetype of millennial rock music. The record, which NME Magazine lauded as "The Sgt Pepper of the Emo Generation," reached #1 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart in 2006 before receiving a Grammy nomination for its limited edition box set. The LP went on to be certified Platinum and spawned the "Welcome to the Black Parade" single, which followed suit by selling over 1,000,000 copies. The track was eventually named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, among other major accolades.
Steve Aoki, whose sonic roots emanate from punk music, is no stranger to remixing massive rock and roll songs. In August, he released a stellar rework of Blink-182's "Bored to Death" before performing the track live on MTV's brand new Wonderland series. He has also worked alongside Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, and Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun. Aoki enjoyed a prolific summer that saw him release his Netflix original documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and his momentous 4OKI EP, which earned praise from Harper's Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, and many more. Additionally, his single with Boehm featuring Walk The Moon "Back 2 U" has been streamed over 28M times on Spotify. Moreover, Aoki celebrated the 20th Anniversary of his iconic brand Dim Mak by throwing official events in 20 global hotspots over the course of 2016. Turning back the clock to the glory days of emo, he remixes "Welcome to the Black Parade" in typical larger-than-life Aoki fashion.
About STEVE AOKI: STEVE AOKI is a 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 has broken bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has nearly 500 releases to date. As a solo artist, AOKI has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. AOKI's second artist album NEON FUTURE I, was released September 30, 2014 via Dim Mak/Ultra Music and features his Gold certified single "Delirious (Boneless)" with Chris Lake and Tujamo featuring Kid Ink, "Born To Get Wild" featuring will.i.am and "Rage The Night Away" featuring Waka Flocka Flame. The second part of his Neon Future album, NEON FUTURE II, was released on May 12, 2015 and features collaborations with Linkin Park, Matthew Koma, Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo and NERVO, plus a very special appearance by creative genius J.J. Abrams who voices the outro to close the album. AOKI's other current tracks include "How Else" featuring Rich The Kid and iLoveMakonnen, "Back 2 U" with Boehm featuring WALK THE MOON--which is smashing on the streaming front with over a million Spotify plays per week since its release in May and has been added to many Top 40 radio stations including Y100 in Miami-plus "Can't Go Home" with Felix Jaehn featuring Adam Lambert. Steve Aoki is also the featured subject of the Netflix Originals documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, out now.