CHAUVET® DJ Mix and Tell featuring Steve Aoki
CHAUVET® DJ Mix and Tell takes you behind-the-scenes for one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest DJs in the world and transports you into their magnificent life and career. This interview takes you on the ultimate joyride with one of the most famous DJs in the world – Steve Aoki. For the complete video interview, please visit the CHAUVET® DJ YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei3Qs5BTrAY&feature=share&list=PL2EA510893F4D2322
Steve Aoki, the DJ/Producer, among many traits also founded his own label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996. The label has released music by other electro house artists such as Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, his own collaboration with Tiesto, MSTRKRFT and The Bloody Beetroots to name a few. The label has released over 250 records so far. Aoki’s debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in January 2008. Aoki’s latest solo album, “Wonderland” was released January 2012 and features guest vocalists and musicians LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Travis Barker, Lil Jon, Big John former guitarist of the punk band The Exploited and others. Through relentless touring he gained huge support from colleges. Performing an average of 250 shows a year, he recently finished the Deadmeat Tour which headlined 55 cities in 60 days across the United States and Canada.
CHAUVET® DJ: Talk to us about Winter Music Conference 2012.
Steve Aoki: The weather is always beautiful at WMC. It’s all about the pool parties and the crazy late night shows. Last year, we had a wild late night show at the Fontainebleau Blue Hotel, and this year, it took place at the Dream Hotel. Twelve artists played upstairs including Felix Cartal, Clockwork, Alvin Risk, Datsik, Lil’ Jon and tons of other guys. Everyone played a 30-minute set so we crammed in one room to do it.
CHAUVET® DJ: You have a unique style, can you describe it to us in your own words?
Steve Aoki: I’m a hardcore kid at heart. I grew up in the hardcore, straight-edge, scene where there was moshing, crowd surfing and stage diving — t’s part of the culture. I started producing more abrasive and aggressive-sounding records the spirit came out of me. I started performing like I was in a band and started singing, sampling guitars and producing a certain kind of banger, club record. I get excited about the energy that takes you there — it’s all about the music and it will lift you off your feet.
CHAUVET® DJ: Do you have any advice for aspiring producers?
Steve Aoki: If you’re trying to be a producer and get into this world, the most important thing is to believe in yourself and your music 100 percent — don’t let anyone else judge it. As long as you care about it, it doesn’t really matter who else cares about it. You can be doing something that no one will get and end up creating a whole new sound. Just believe in yourself and be authentic to your work.
CHAUVET® DJ: How does lighting enhance electronic dance music?
Steve Aoki: For the EDM/dance world, lighting is a huge component to the show. I just finished a 60-day bus tour and brought 10 people on the road with me just to do my stage — two of them handled the lighting. I put a lot of emphasis on lights and visuals. At a show, you’re not only telling a musical story, you’re also telling a visual story. You’re bringing everything together and experiencing music. By experiencing music, you’re seeing it, hearing it and you become part of it.
CHAUVET® DJ: Sushi, steak or pizza?
Steve Aoki: Sushi, 100 percent, without hesitation.
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