Steve Aoki x Sonic the Hedgehog virtual concert crushed my soul


When I first learned that Steve Aoki was going to host a virtual Sonic the Hedgehog concert last week, I was delighted to hear another artist declare his love for the blue blur and express it through music. . At the time, Sega announced that the DJ would play a healthy balance between his original songs and his remixes of fan-favorite Sonic tracks like Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Stardust Speedway Zone, and Goodwill songs from Sonic. Adventure. Fast forward a week later, and the quality of his performance left me speechless.

Because Sega decided to incorporate Facebook-like augmented reality elements into the virtual gig, forcing viewers to move the camera 180 to 360 degrees, it sucked trying to watch it on my laptop, and it was harder to try to watch it on my phone. The AR elements were super uncomfortable, the dance animations for Sonic and the gang were inadequate, and Aoki mostly played songs from his own discography and a single Sonic mix instead of keeping his promise to balance the two.

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I was hoping Aoki’s Sonic concert would go as well as Post Malone’s Pokemon 25th Anniversary virtual concert in February, but it turned out not to be. While Post Malone paid a lot of respect to Pokemon’s legacy by transforming into a CG avatar dancing around a floating platform taking him through various Pokemon landscapes, Aoki took the biggest shit on Sonic in saying he would play remixes on just a few songs. shoot a 180 and only explode his songs as if he were at the Ultra Music Festival, leaving room for only one piece of Sonic. I can understand that he was trying to celebrate his 44th birthday, but he could have at least devoted the set to both his own catalog and that of Sonic. I would have loved to hear his interpretation of Escape From The City, Seaside Hill or Bullet Station.

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From a pop culture perspective, Aoki only playing his music and leaving little to no room for Sonic after announcing he would be doing a fitting tribute to the blue blur has the same energy as the NFL announcing SpongeBob SquarePants and his band. would play the iconic song Sweet Victoire at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2019, only to have the characters open for Travis Scott instead – and not even three months after Stephen Hillenburg died. In doing so, he caught the attention of fans who felt like his virtual gig would involve Sonic music, as it should have been.

Equally bad are the dance steps Sonic and his friends performed at the concert. Sonic mostly jumped up and down, which I guess is typical of festival goers, Tails clapped his hands on the floor like a kindergarten kid, the idea of ​​Knuckles dancing was pounding his fists on the floor, and Amy only twisted and moved her feet to the side with her mouth looking as wrinkled as someone’s grandma. Everything was cranky and awkward.

The virtual concert became even more of a PR disaster when Dr. Eggman’s voice actor Mike Pollock entered a Twitter debate about Aoki’s support for NFTs, which is why fans of Sonic criticized Sega for collaborating with the DJ in the first place. The Twitterstorm began with its sarcastic comment on Roger Craig Smith’s birthday wish to the DJ, “But we can’t appreciate someone’s job or let them enjoy their birthday if we don’t agree with it. his opinions. ” Many fans disputed the comment, criticizing it for not taking a stand on technology associated with environmental damage, scams and theft of artwork.

Crush 40 should have led the virtual concert, but Sega had previously used the band for Sonic’s 30th anniversary symphony orchestra in June. Better yet, the company should have stopped there. At least the orchestra had more passion for Sonic and his impact on the video game and entertainment industry than Aoki’s concert.

Where classical composers and rock bands came together and played the wonderful sounds of Sonic’s past, present and future in perfect harmony, Aoki made everyone deaf with his dissonant soundtrack. He doesn’t like Sonic as much as he claimed he was just in the virtual gig for the money and those disgusting NFTs.

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