12 on 12 interview with Steve Aoki 👇🏼
The pioneering producer, DJ, artist and Dim Mak Records founder Steve Aoki has curated an exclusive limited edition 12" vinyl-only compilation with original artwork from the biggest-selling contemporary French artist in the world, Richard Orlinski. Highlighting the unique relationship between art and music 12on12 brings the two mediums together to commemorate a shared sentiment between the artists, memorialised on exclusive pieces to be collected and treasured.
Steve Aoki's 12on12 (12 tracks on 12" Vinyl) is an exclusive package limited to 500 records featuring a meticulously selected track list celebrating Steve Aoki's straight-edge hardcore roots. Steve's track selections take the listener on a journey through the songs that helped form his sonic foundations and embody the unexpected story of punk music's influence on his meteoric rise to superstar DJ.
Steve Aoki says: "My 12on12 celebrates the music that made me who I am today. Through hardcore, I discovered a true sense of community and the power of DIY -- doing it yourself, by any means necessary."
The world's biggest-selling contemporary French artist Richard Orlinski art directs the collaboration and has created a unique original character, 'Punk Kong,' exclusively for this 12on12. The vinyl release is accompanied by 40 hand-numbered and hand finished artist edition vinyl's, 12 hand finished and signed prints and lifestyle fashion pieces featuring this original artwork.
The collaboration was a natural fit for Orlinski, who is well known for his passion for music and is a successful DJ in his own right.
Richard Olinski says: "I've always said that art has no boundaries. Music and especially vinyl, is very important in my life, I'm a DJ myself, so it's something that is very close to my heart. Working with an artist like Steve Aoki with such a special universe has been an honour, and mixing our two worlds between music and art to create this artwork with 12on12 is unique."
Founder & Chief Creative of 12on12 Claudia Moross adds; "Our goal is to create transcending experiences through music and art. At 12on12 we pride ourselves on telling interesting and unexpected stories. The records are very much pieces of art that can be collected and treasured, with Steve Aoki x Richard Orlinski's 12on12 we have maintained our ethos - bringing the very best artists, both visual and musical, together to curate a fantastic Vinylwork."
'Year Zero' will be premiered on the 28th of April at an exclusive launch event on the world's most beautiful avenue, the Champs-Elysées, at Galeries Lafayette - Paris' most iconic department store. With artists Steve Aoki and Richard Orlinski in attendance, the event will feature live music, art and a panel discussion with the artists.
Start Today - Gorilla Biscuits
In Defense Of Reality - Shelter
Pinned Up - AVAIL
Running Like Thieves - Bold
Firestorm - Earth Crisis
New Noise - Refused
Undertow - Function
Break Down The Walls - Youth Of Today
Blanket - Unbroken
Sperm Donor - Rifoki
Left Hand - envy
One Question - The Fire Next Time
12on12 'Year Zero' Steve Aoki x Richard Orlinski limited edition vinyl will be released on the 25th April 2023
ABOUT Steve Aoki:
Counting nearly 3 billion music streams to his name, Steve Aokiis 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 recently released HiROQUEST: Genesis, featuring collaborations with Taking Back Sunday, Mod Sun, Kane Brown and more.
Aoki approaches each new endeavour 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, Aokicreated 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
12on12 is a music brand living at the intersection of Music and Art. Drawing on decades of experience in product ideation and creative execution, 12on12 provides a distinctive and unique canvas for storytelling through the powerful analogue medium of vinyl records. 12on12 invites cultural icons to curate a soundtrack of 12 songs that have inspired, affected and influenced them; this is preserved on a pressed 12" vinyl. Through collaborations with visual artists and curators, the vinyl sleeve transforms into a piece of art that memorialises a shared sentiment between the artists that is then collected and treasured along with the music. 12on12 is co-owned by Grammy Award-winning artist and avid art collector Swizz Beatz. Successful past collaborations include RUN DMC, Swizz Beatz, Dita Von Teese, Travis Scott x Saint Laurent, ComplexCon featuring artwork by Takashi Murakami.
ABOUT Richard Orlinski
Richard Orlinski has been the biggest selling contemporary French artist in the world since 2015. He began his artistic career in 2004 and created his first work, a bright red resin crocodile, which soon became an iconic piece in the sculptor's bestiary.
The artist took inspiration from pop culture, everyday objects, popular things. Richard Orlinski soon developed new sculptures, often of animals, all symbols of freedom, power and passion. The result: electrifying works of art, in pop colours and a faceted style, that would be seen all around the world.
Exhibiting his works, often of spectacular dimensions, in unusual places and the great outdoors soon became his signature.
Driven by the desire to democratise art by making it accessible to the masses, Richard Orlinski takes an interest in all means of expression and his art knows no boundaries. He was made an Officer for the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin in 2021.
With several million followers on social networks, Richard Orlinski has brought together a very engaged community of art-lovers and enthusiasts. This is undeniably a great source of inspiration for the artist, who gives 100% to every one of his projects. 'I deeply believe in the power of art (...) Often people do not dare to push the door of a gallery or a museum, so I make sure that the museum comes to them!.'
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