Confirmed: Steve Aoki, Backstreet Boys Collaboration Is Under Way
Backstreet's back: renowned music producer Steve Aoki has confirmed that he is working on a new song with Backstreet Boys.
Rumors about the collaboration have been around since November when the popular '90s band was spotted hanging out in Aoki's Playhouse. The DJ also brought Nick Carter out during a show in Las Vegas last year to perform the song "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."
However, the collaboration between the two musical acts has not been confirmed until now. Speaking to The Sun, Aoki revealed that he is working on new music with the Backstreet Boys. He also explained his friendship with the members of the boyband.
"We are working on music together," the music producer said. "If it's going to be on their album or my album, I'm not even sure. We live in the same neighborhood so he came into my studio. They just care about making good music."
With such different music styles, it is hard to imagine what the final material would sound like. This will be Backstreet Boys first foray into dance music and information about the upcoming collaboration is scarce. However, Aoki has also collaborated with several other artists hailing from different genres in the past.
Just this week, he also revealed a Spanish-language single he produced for the "Despacito" singer Daddy Yankee. Called "Azukita" (from "azuquita" which translates to "Sugar.") The song, which also features Play-N-Skillz and Elvis Crespo, makes use of Hispanic musical elements. The result is a highly danceable song that likely will be on the radio nonstop for the next couple of months.
Aoki also previously collaborated with Gucci Mane, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, and Fall Out Boy.
Apple Music Exclusive
This year, Apple Music is also adding exclusive DJ sets from renowned music producers including Aoki. The project was a result of the partnership between the online streaming platform and Dubset, a right's management and distribution company catering to DJs and remixers.
"How amazing is it to be able to quickly and freely throw together a mix of tracks with no clearances or paperwork required?" Aoki said in a statement. "It's the dawn of a new era. I can't wait to see what aspiring DJs and Aoki fans do with my music in their own sets."
Aoki's exclusive set is almost two hours long that features a total of 27 songs he collaborated on from 2011 to last year. Apple Music also carries exclusive sets from Sigala and DJ Suss One.