About Steve Aoki:
Steve Aoki, the two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 2.8 billion music streams on Spotify. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography. As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; hip-hop centric Kolony (2017), and the Neon Future series, which includes ‘Neon Future I’ (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), ‘Neon Future II’ (2015), ‘Neon Future III’ (2018) and the recently released ‘Neon Future IV’ (April 2020); which has rocketed in streaming to date and received praise from singles such as “Maldad” ft. Maluma and “Let It Be Me” ft. Backstreet Boys. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’sand the world’s hardest working DJ, Aoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year. In 2012, Aoki founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. Most recently, Steve Aoki released his critically acclaimed memoir entitled BLUE: The Color of Noise published by St. Martin’s Press.
About Todd McFarlane and the McFarlane Companies:
McFarlane has also earned two Emmy Awards, 1 Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, two MTV Video Music Awards, a Canadian MuchMusic Award, and more than 150 International awards in action figures, comic books, and publishing. Todd McFarlane's Spawn is one of the world's best-selling and longest-running monthly creator-owned superhero comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries. The title's hugely popular 1992 debut sold an astonishing 1.7 million copies – an unprecedented feat for a creator-owned comic. With the release of "Spawn #301," McFarlane earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the "Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic Book Series." The Spawn live-action film opened at theaters nationwide, ranking second at the box office in week one, grossing more than $100 million. With McFarlane as its executive producer, the comic was also adapted for television, becoming a two-time Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO. At the time, it was HBO Home Video's top-selling original programming video of all time. McFarlane became a true comic book superstar for his record-setting work on Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise, a title that Marvel gave him to write, pencil, and ink. The first issue sold an astonishing 2.5 million copies in 1990 - making it the best selling comic of its time. During this time, McFarlane co-created the character Venom. 2021 "The Year of Spawn" continues with McFarlane's new titles from the Spawn mythology, setting three record-breaking sales in less than five months. "Gunslinger Spawn #1" is the biggest launch of a new superhero monthly title in the comic industry of the past 25 years. "Gunslinger Spawn #1's" total sales are bigger than Marvel's Spider-Gwen launch in 2015, and there hasn't been another new character comic close to that number in the 20 years prior to that. The sales of "King Spawn #1" surpassed The Avengers record, becoming the comic industry's highest ordered monthly superhero launch in the 21st century, while McFarlane's "Spawn's Universe #1" (June 2021) was Image Comics' top-selling first issue of the 21st century. McFarlane Toys is one of America's top action figure manufacturers, raising the bar and redefining the art of action figures. An industry leader, McFarlane Toys is one of the most respected toy manufacturers globally and a licensee of world-class brands and leading global franchises.
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