2x-Grammy-nominated artist and producer Steve Aoki releases his new full-length album HiROQUEST: Genesis, featuring collaborations from Taking Back Sunday, Kane Brown, PnB Rock, Georgia Ku, Bryce Vine, Santa Fe Klan, Lil Xan, Goody Grace, and more. In celebration of release day, Aoki shares a new single “Movie Star” featuring MOD SUN and Global Dan, equipped with a high-energy music video that finds the trio transforming a mundane afternoon at a SoCal high school into an impromptu dance party. The visual is a juxtaposition to the lyrics which pull the curtain back on life in the limelight, where people often only see the celebrity life "like a movie star," not knowing all of the challenges and hard work that it takes to reach such a level of success. The "Movie Star" music video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live and mtvU.
“This is a fun record that takes you back to being a kid in high school when you have all these aspirations,” says Aoki. “It's something that a lot of kids can relate to. Both MOD SUN and Global Dan have such personalities too, making it such a jam.”
“There's no one on this planet like Steve Aoki. I have always wanted to work together,” shares MOD SUN. “I look up to him in so many ways, he really has shaped the state of music as we know it. He also has roots in multiple genres including punk + hardcore, which was one thing that always stood out to me about him. This song is special to me because it also introduced me to an amazing artist named global Dan. He is a rare + authentic artist but more than that a truly good human being. We will be friends forever now. This song talks about the grind to get to where you always dreamed of being one day. On the surface it's very fun + upbeat but there's also a lot of deeper undertones going on as well. I'm proud to be a part of this song."
HiROQUEST: Genesis taps into the angst, anxiety and pent-up energy felt throughout the pandemic and offers a dynamic soundtrack to what has become the new normal. The tracks draw equally on Aoki’s history with alternative rock bands and embrace contemporary musical trends like Latin and pop while retaining his signature EDM aesthetic.
“The music is a connecting tissue to this universe that I'm creating,” Aoki explains. “This album tells a fantastical story, but it’s also about freedom from restraint. I went right back to my roots—that raw, rock energy and that became the basis of it. From there, I began to explore everything and it sprouted into so many different genres.”
The songs of HiROQUEST: Genesis comprise five chapters, each detailing a different mythological faction, and the album opens the door for fans to enter a vast world that threads together the music with a new collectible trading card game co-created with MetaZoo Games, which Aoki co-founded and launched in March of 2021.
For a limited time during pre-sale, the trading cards were available as an insert in the CD of Aoki’s new album, with each CD containing one card from the MetaZoo Games HiROQUEST: Genesis set. A staggering 27K+ CDs were sold, and the collection is now sold out. The HiROQUEST: Genesis CD without cards is still available for pre-sale at www.HiROQUEST.com.
The MetaZoo Games HiROQUEST: Genesis storyline lives in a future world full of chaos, where “Beasties” run rampant through the Cryptid Nation led by a character named “Indrid Cold.” The hero protagonist, of the group Evergreen Casters, named “Hiro,” is on a quest to collect Pallet Rings and defeat legions of harmful Zombies and Robots along the way. MetaZoo Games promises it to be an adventure that goes down in history in the world of future cryptids.
HiROQUEST: Genesis arrives as an epic, multi-genre collection of solo and collaborative songs with a world-building story that extends beyond the music itself. Always looking to break down barriers and unite people together in their shared passions, Aoki hopes ‘HiROQUEST: Genesis’ innovative and multi-layered output will serve as a great connector for bringing audiences together. “Almost everything I do is some level of collaboration, whether it’s fashion, technology, music, art or culture,” Aoki shares. “I love this idea that we can come together and put aside the things from our past that may have hardened or jaded us, and just be free.”
HiROQUEST: Genesis Track Listing: 1. Hiroquest Anthem 2. Astrals Melodia 3. KULT - with grandson, ft. Jasiah 4. Movie Star - ft. MOD SUN & Global Dan 5. Move On - with Kane Brown & ricky retro 6. OIO Melodia 7. Just Us Two - with Taking Back Sunday 8. All Hype - ft. Bryce Vine 9. You Don’t Get to Hate Me - ft. Goody Grace 10. Russian Roulette - ft Sueco & No Love for the Middle Child 11. Diasos Melodia 12. Ultimate - with Santa Fe Klan ft. Snow Tha Product 13. Chichi - with Guaynaa 14. Kong 2.0 - with Natanael Cano 15. Extants Melodia 16. Whole Again - with KAAZE, ft. John Martin 17. Save Me - with HRVY 18. Stop The World - with Marnik & Leony 19. Whistle - with Timmy Trumpet & DJ Aligator 20. Stars Don’t Shine - ft. Global Dan 21. Taurobons Melodia 22. Nobody - ft. PollyAnna 23. Demons - ft. Georgia Ku 24. Stars - ft. Lil Xan 25. Perfect - ft. PnB Rock & 24hrs 26. Black Pullet
ABOUT STEVE AOKI: Counting nearly 3 billion music streams to his name, Steve Aoki is a true visionary. Billboard described the 2x-GRAMMY-nominated music producer, artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur, NFT futurist and Dim Mak Records founder as “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world.” A Guinness World Record holder for the “Most Traveled Musician in a Single Calendar Year,” Aoki has performed at nearly every top festival around the world, including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival.
As a globally successful cross-genre solo artist, Aoki has collaborated with an impressive list of varied artists, including BTS, Maluma, Snoop Dogg, Linkin Park, blink-182, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and Daddy Yankee, on top of having released three Platinum singles, six Gold singles, and over ten Top 10 radio records. After unveiling four Neon Future albums, Aoki’s highly-anticipated next album HiROQUEST: Genesis is out now.
Aoki approaches each new endeavor with the same sense of dedication he’s put into his past achievements, including the Grammy-nominated Netflix documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2016) and his memoir BLUE: The Color of Noise (2019). In 2012, he also founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION to support organizations in brain science and its research. His influential record label Dim Mak, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021, is known for being a launching pad for the careers of prominent acts like Bloc Party, The Chainsmokers, Bloody Beetroots, The Kills, Zedd and Diplo. Most recently, Aoki created the A0K1VERSE, an NFT membership community, powered by the Passport, that welcomes his fans to both virtual and real-world experiences. Aoki is also executive producer for “American Hiro,” a series in development with FX Networks directed by Jon M. Chu, chronicling the life of his father, Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, the legendary entrepreneur and daredevil businessman who created the Benihana empire. In whatever space Steve Aoki enters, the multi-hyphenate innovator continues to set trends and inspire creativity on a global level.
ABOUT MOD SUN: Following MOD SUN's 100 million+ streamed album Internet Killed The Rockstar last year (featuring fiancé Avril Lavigne) – he recently teamed up with John Feldmann (5 Seconds of Summer, The Used, Panic At the Disco) for "Perfectly Imperfect" and “Rich Kids Ruin Everything” from an upcoming album to be announced later this year.
Earlier this year, MOD SUN co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the stoner comedy Good Mourning alongside frequent collaborator Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Fox, Whitney Cummings, Pete Davidson & more. He also gave a raw, unfiltered look at his life in the documentary Remember Me Just Like This, featuring friends & collaborators like Avril, MGK, Travis Barker and Huddy.
From his 2015 debut (Billboard #1) to co-writing/producing tracks on Avril Lavigne’s latest LP Love Sux (Billboard #2 Top Album Sales Chart), MOD has worked with some of the biggest names in music – G-Eazy, Nipsey Hussle, Travis Barker, Schoolboy Q, blackbear – to praise from Entertainment Weekly, Forbes, PAPER, NYLON & Billboard, who called him “Pop-Punk's Go-To Songwriter.”