Steve Aoki, Yves V, and Ryan Caraveo join together to pay tribute to Avril Lavigne’s classic pop-punk single “Complicated.” Their modern makeover interpolates the famous earworm chorus, while adding a fresh set of introspective lyrics, with a crunchy electro pop soundscape and newly written verses, the trio revitalize Lavigne’s era-defining number.
Arriving alongside the single is a John Frost-directed music video, which navigates viewers through several fractured dream states. Peering into the minds of Aoki, Yves V and Ryan Caraveo, the video highlights how complicated the mind and self truly are, as the camera twists and turns through a series of complex dreams within dreams.
Speaking on the collaboration, Steve Aoki explains: “My roots are in the punk scene, and that kind of music has always had a special place in my heart. So when Yves brought the idea to me to rework ‘Complicated’ by the ultimate pop punk queen, Avril Lavigne, I jumped on the opportunity. And the lyricism Ryan brought with his new verses only expands upon the truly classic hook.”
“Complicated” marks the latest collaboration between Steve Aoki and Yves V since Yves remixed “A Lover And A Memory” off Aoki’s Neon Future III LP. The long-time pals often cross paths at Tomorrowland, where Yves is a resident DJ and Aoki is a frequent headliner.
“I was so excited to link up with Steve Aoki on this single as our first collaboration,” states Yves V. “I’m a huge fan of pop music, and Avril as an artist, so to add our electronic spin alongside one of my favourite peers onto a track as classic as ‘Complicated,’ and bring it to audiences in 2021, felt amazing. I hope the fans enjoy it just as much as we did creating our production!”
The one-of-a-kind topline on “Complicated” is sung by Seattle-born alt-hip hop artist Ryan Caraveo. Caraveo brings his own unique interpolation to the song, referencing Lavigne's chorus, but with different lyrics alongside newly penned verses. He sings, “Why do I go and make things so complicated,” spinning the original meaning towards feelings of frustration within oneself, rather than Lavigne’s version, in which her anger is directed at an outward source.
Ryan Caraveo shares, “Man, working with Steve Aoki is really a full circle moment for me. Back in 2013 I was just a kid at one of his shows - fast forward many years to a completely different life and all the sudden we're working together and covering one of the biggest songs ever from the queen herself Avril Lavigne and it's pretty surreal to be honest. I've always loved and been influenced by electronic music and cannot wait to hear this at the festival with the homies.”
About Steve Aoki
Counting nearly 3 billion music streams to his name, Steve Aoki is a true visionary. Billboard described the 2x-GRAMMY-Nominated artist/DJ/producer and Dim Mak Records founder as “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world.” As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded cross-genre discography that includes 7 studio albums and collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert, Maluma, BTS, Linkin Park and Louis Tomlinson amongst others. In 1996, he established Dim Mak out of his college dorm room, a trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company and apparel brand. It has served as a launch pad for global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, and The Kills, in addition to being the home of early releases from acts such as ZEDD and Diplo. As a nightlife impresario, Aoki’s legendary Hollywood club night Dim Mak Tuesdays hosted early performances from future superstars such as Kid Cudi, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, and Travis Scott. A true renaissance man, Steve Aoki is also a fashion designer, author and entrepreneur. In 2012, he founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the field of brain science research with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. In addition, Aoki has pushed his clothing line Dim Mak Collection to new heights, both with original designs and collaborations with everyone from A Bathing Ape to the Bruce Lee estate. Aoki’s multi-faceted journey is chronicled through the Grammy-nominated Netflix documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2016) and his memoir BLUE: The Color of Noise (2019). In the summer of 2020, Aoki unveiled his Latin music imprint, Dim Mak En Fuego, continuing to break down musical and cultural boundaries ‘by any means necessary.'
About YVES V
The enthusiasm that emanates from Yves V, who climbed an impressive 21 places to #34 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll, continues to burn with the stellar magnitude of a supernova, with his place in the 2015 ranking marking him out as among the highest climbers in the industry.
His sets have illuminated the mainstage of iconic events that include Sensation, David Guetta in Concert, Don’t Let Daddy Know, and Mysteryland, whilst taking over dancefloors such as Green Valley, Nikki Beach, Amnesia, Privilege and Pacha. With a staggering 9 nine times gracing the decks on the Tomorrowland mainstage, the electro house hot-shot has become an integral part of the festivals music make up. Yves has also catapulted his own V-Sessions brand to new heights hosting his own arena at Tomorrowland for the past 4 years in a row, as well as continuing to grow his internationally respected radio show and exclusive events to top tier status in the scene. In the studio Yves’ music has been released on a plethora of the best record labels including Armada Music, Dirty Dutch, Spinnin’ Records, Doorn Records and Smash The House, whilst his remix work encompasses A-list artists such as Timbaland, Missy Elliott and Ginuwine. All of which has picked up support from heavyweights like David Guetta, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren and Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Pete Tong.