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 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.
The 26 track album is significant and as stated above feautures a number of different styles and features that cap off a strong LP for Aoki, which happens to be his 7th album.
“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.”
“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.”