Steve Aoki takes on Avril's 'Complicated'


Steve Aoki, Yves V and Ryan Caraveo join forces to pay tribute to Avril Lavigne’s classic hit single ‘Complicated’.

Their modern makeover of ‘Complicated’ 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 song.

In 2002 ‘Complicated’ topped the ARIA Chart for 6 weeks, and the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart for 9 weeks. It is certified double platinum in Australia, and platinum in New Zealand. ‘Complicated’ was nominated for Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

Steve Aoki says, “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.”

Yves V adds, “I was so excited to link up with Steve Aoki on this single. 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!”

And Ryan Caraveo adds, “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.”

‘Complicated’ is the next release from Steve Aoki in a long line of recent pop collaborations. He has recently released tracks with Backstreet Boys, BTS, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, Migos, blink-182, and Daddy Yankee. Globally, Steve Aoki has over 3 billion streams. He has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards.

‘Complicated’ sees Steve Aoki team up with DJ Yves V and alt hip-hop artist Ryan Caraveo. A resident DJ at Tomorrowland, Yves V has remixed a-list artists including Timbaland, Missy Elliot and Ginuwine