Steve Aoki mentioned BTS‘s role in “connecting culture” while speaking on Billboard‘s global production panel.
He was a member of Billboard’s “Producing for the Global Market” panel discussion as part of Billboard’s Latin Music Week, together with fellow artists RedOne, Andres Torres and Mauricio Rengifo.
Steve Aoki discussed his work with non-English-speaking artists such as BTS and Daddy Yankee and how those songs can still become global hits.
Steve Aoki on working w BTS
“We’re trying to do something different. It’s always about, how do we connect to the global culture? The way in which people listen to music. It’s not necessarily about what’s popular on American radio…" pic.twitter.com/JEQhjXWk0F
— JP 🐨 (@agirlinthepark) April 26, 2018
“When I got in the studio with other artists that are not speaking English, K-Pop artists like BTS, or Daddy Yankee, where we’re trying to do something different – it’s always about, how do we connect to the global culture? And it’s becoming more and more that way. The way in which people listen to music, it’s not necessarily about what’s popular on American radio. Actually, that’s not necessarily important as what’s popular with your friends.” — Steve Aoki
The DJ worked with BTS on their “Mic Drop (Remix)” in 2017 and has confirmed further collaborations with them on an original track in 2018.
Steve Aoki has also worked with international artists like Marc Anthony, Louis Tomlinson, Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias and Play-N-Skillz, as well as a slew of American hip hop artists, rappers and pop singers.
A.R.M.Ys and Steve Aoki fans are loving his intelligent discussion about global music and the influences of cross-cultural trends.
I would like to thank SA for saying this because honestly, I could care less what is played on AT40 radio stations. I know it's the nature of the beast when it comes to the gp finding out about new music, but it is just so repetitive and there are way too many commercials.
— 📖 ReadMoreBooksN2018📖 (@lmalexander78) April 26, 2018
When I got in the studio with other artists that are not speaking English,” he says, “K-pop artists like BTS, or Daddy Yankee, where we’re trying to do something different — it’s always about, how do we connect to the global culture?” pic.twitter.com/xFxrBgfNbP
— Vero SMT (@vero_smt) April 26, 2018
This is gonna be epic, i love aoki, BTS and Daddy yankee! This will bring three different worlds together. KoreanxhispanicxAmerican
— LY TEAR COMING FOR LY HER🔥🔥 (@Joshuaot71) April 26, 2018
He’s a wonderful guy 💜
— Rachel💧🍇 (@DarlingSpectrum) April 26, 2018
Netizens are also, of course, celebrating the collaboration between Steve Aoki and BTS.
Antis : BTS being WESTERNIZED
"BTS not up to what's popular"
While antis faves tryn so hard to be on that trend that they flop so hard.
— Porcupine loves bts (@Minpallete_____) April 26, 2018
Honestly the best collab in the century 😭❤️😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/sLBKaffomL
— Euphoria。・゜ (@anohanaaahh) April 26, 2018
I never thought the day were BTS and Daddy Yankee could be read in the same sentense would come
— ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ rat baby (@_Konichihuahua) April 26, 2018
— Angely 🙂 (@AngelySong) April 26, 2018
With more and more international fans following their music every day, Steve Aoki and BTS’s genius really is connecting cultures.