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Sound Awake brings together international EDM DJs for an audio-visual treat with Steve Aoki taking centrestage

After starting his label Dim Mak in 1996, Steve Aoki, has changed the face of EDM by signing on artistes such as Infected Mushroom and Datsik and collaborating with greats like Tiesto and The Bloody Beetroots. He has revolutionised crowd surfing and cake throwing (no matter what the flavour!) and now, for the first time, Aoki brings his antics to the city, headlining for the second edition of Sound Awake. We get a glimpse of the man behind the console.

Describe your sound.
My music is the kind you would hear at clubs and festivals. I play electro-house music.

Starting out.
I was in punk rock bands before I got into DJing. Once I started Dim Mak, I started producing and recording and eventually became a DJ.

On crowd surfing.
I introduced the raft at the Coachella festival in 2009 and the cake in 2011. People seemed to love both. It’s fun and interactive.

Changing sets.
At every performance, my aim is to touch as many people as possible. I try to keep things interactive and fun, but most importantly, I want everyone to feel something special when they hear my music.

Dream collaboration.
My favourite one so far has been with Linkin Park. Once more familiar with Indian music, I’d love to collaborate with an Indian artiste.

Cross over of EDM.
Music is evolving faster than before. Interests are changing. Artistes have to mature their sounds rapidly to keep up with audiences. This puts a lot of pressure on producers like myself. I am very proud of Dim Mak and the artistes we have.

Clothing line and restaurants.
I am a DJ, a producer and a designer. I look at both business and music as creative processes. My father taught me a lot on how to manage my time as well as how to work smart rather than just hard.

Beyond the console.
I love to create, explore and experience. Developing and being part of different cultures is important to me.

The show in Bangalore.
It is going to be my first large scale gig in India so I am very excited. Last year, I played intimate shows at Delhi and Mumbai. I want the Indian audiences to see what a Steve Aoki show is really like. I want to see how crazy it will get.

Your influences.
I have been more influenced by bands rather than by DJs. Bands like Nirvana, The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, Imagine Dragons, Tragedy to name a few.

In 2014.
I have my new album coming up next year, Neon Future. I am excited for people to hear this. I’ve collaborated with great artistes like Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Will.i.am, Machine Gun Kelly and a lot more.

December 1. At Supernova Arena, Yelahanka.

—Aakanksha Devi

 

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