Steve Aoki Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 Steve Aoki Interview – Electric Daisy Carnival 2010

Steve Aoki Electric Daisy Carnival 2010

Steve Aoki Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 - Photo from ShockHound

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PPM: So how did you like EDC?

SA: It was the most epic ever.  Dimmak had their own stage and it was open aired so it allowed more people.  As the night went on the crowd kept getting bigger and the whole floor became pretty full.  It was a great place to debut tracks with Rivers Cuomo live.  I played a track I did with Travis Barker with him on drums and me singing.  There was a great remix I did with Afrojack and I also got to throw in two songs featuring Lil Jon.  I played to a great reception, the crowd hung with me the whole time.

PPM: At one point you were climbing scaffolding and crowd surfing.  Do you always bring that energy to performances?

SA: My roots are in hardcore and punk.  Before dance music I was writing for punk bands and screaming punk songs.  10 years ago, I was screaming to kids at hardcore shows and a little after that, I started to DJ.  When you DJ and play others’ records, you create a story for your audience and that’s part of your job and the art of being a DJ.  When I produced tunes, I brought in that agressive nature from my earlier punk years along with showmanship.  There’s a difference between producing an actual song, and making a club edit.  It’s the song that I get more into when it plays live.  When I play shows, it’s second nature to scream in the crowd and let off all that energy.

PPM: Are you planning on further collaborating with Rivers Cuomo?

SA: Somewhat.  He’s going to have a song on my new record.  My album features a lot of artists, one per song.  It’s a dance produced album with different vocals.  “Earthquake People” is the title of the new track I debuted at EDC and it’s going to be featured on my upcoming record.  There was something about the two of us that our production just clicked despite the genre crossing.  I loved the fine-tuning I did with the track and it was a fun experience.  It isn’t like a few years ago when kids would recognize rock artists walking down the street.  They are less known as the scene has shifted to electronic music becoming more popular.  DJ’s are more recognizeable than they were years ago.  When I brought Rivers on stage, not many people in the crowed gasped out like they immediately recognized him.  It was a great experience for Rivers because he was able to play for a different kind of audience than would typically show up at a Weezer concert.

PPM: You seem to be collaborating with quite a few artists, is there a new direction you music is taking you?

SA: The new record is a mix of a lot of things.  It’s not a club record.  The songs are about the connection between myself and the vocalist I feature.  When I wrote the songs, I wrote for the specific singer in mind.  The Rivers song was more rock oriented while the song I have with Lil Jon concentrates on his energy and hype.  Im writing an album that is very diversified.

PPM: Is there anything we should keep looking for that is coming out from Dimmak?

SA: Yeah, we have a new Bloody Beetroots album of remixes that is coming out soon.  I did a remix with ARMAND Van Helden that is releasing soon as well.  There’s other with Djedjtronic as well.  Basically, a lot of singles and EP’s.

PPM: A lot of people are interested in the Bloody Beetroots, are they going to have a full length album?

SA: They will, it will be coming out sometime in 2011, the date isn’t finalized yet.  Until then, we will release an EP and then a ‘Best Of’ album with their best remixes.  After that, there will be a DVD on sale that has behind the scenes material and basically shows you what their life is like while touring.

PPM: You have a record label and clothing line, among other things, so are you looking to branch off into other areas of business?

SA:  It’s pretty exciting, I’m looking to expand my clothing line into other areas such as denim.  At first we started as just a tshirt company and from there we have just grown.  I’m starting to spread out with restaurants as well.  Seven friends and myself got together and opened a Korean BBQ restaurant in Hollywood called Shin.  In July I’m helping to open a restaurant called Kingswood that will serve kind of Americana food.  It’s food I like, all organic and locally grown.  In the springtime of 2011 I’m working on probably the biggest project I have ever done.  I can’t say exactly what it is yet but I’ve been working on it for quite a while.

PPM: Being American, do you find you have more fans here or in Europe or Asia?

SA: My biggest fan base is definitely America.  I’m from here and people recognize me.  The potency is biggest outside of America though.  Americans know me but those who really feel the music are the Europeans.  Actually, Australia seems to be where I have a large following.  Warp actually went gold over there in April.  Other countries like Germany, France and Italy I get great receptions but Barcelona and Canada are epic!  Those two places have crowds that go crazy when I drop tracks.  Most people just nod their head and I wonder, “Do people really like this?”  Milwaukee was one of my best shows in America.  I think the mentality in America is changing to where more people like the electronic sound.

PPM: Anything you would like to say to your fans?

SA: Yeah for sure, there’s no way I could have gotten here without your support.  I mean, if nobody cared, there would be nothing.  I want to thank my fans and I appreciate all your help.

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