Warner/Chappell Music songwriter, producer and music industry executive Steve Aoki has brought his Dim Mak Publishing company to the Warner Music Group’s publishing arm to serve as global administrator. The Dim Mak roster includes Autoerotique, Garmiani, Henry Fong, Max Styler, Ookay, QUIX, Shaun Frank, Stooki Sound, and Viceroy.
“As Dim Mak continues to grow, having the right partners becomes all the more crucial,” said Aoki, who had already been signed with Warner/Chappell for his own song catalog for seven years. “Warner/Chappell has been important to my development as a songwriter, and now I’m excited to expand that relationship to Dim Mak Publishing’s talented roster of up-and-coming artists.”
The Dim Mak catalog also includes such EDM titles as “Bomb A Drop,” “ILYSM,” “Badman” and “Let’s Rock.”
“Three years ago, we started Dim Mak Publishing and, much like the way Steve has started everything at Dim Mak, we dove in head first and did it completely indie,” Dim Mak president Lee Kurisu said in a statement. “Now that we’ve built the foundation, the time was right to seek out a bigger partnership. This new administration deal will allow us to retain our independent spirit, while at the same time benefit from Warner/Chappell’s best-in-class creative, synchronization and collections abilities.”
Since the launch of the Dim Mak publishing arm in 2014, songs from the DMP repertoire have landed sync placements across national advertising campaigns (T-Mobile, Acura), feature films (Sausage Party, Ride Along 2, Why Him?) and TV programs (Transparent, CSI: Cyber.)
“For the past seven years, we’ve had the privilege of working closely with [Aoki], while both he and the Dim Mak brand have reached incredible levels of worldwide success,” said Marc Wilson, senior director, A&R, Warner/Chappell Music. “The music coming from Dim Mak is fresh and exciting.”