(Photos by Peter Schwab)
Karmaloop was lucky enough to link up house music titan Steve Aoki at Identity Festival in Mansfield, MA.
Aoki’s set was insane and the light show he designed was unbelievable. Keep reading to hear what he had to say about creating his own light show, the upcoming album, and much more.
What inspired the concept of creating your own light show at Identity Festival?
I worked with a design team and we came up with the concept together. The whole idea was to create a new dimension for the music.
At the end of the day I’m showcasing all my music and trying to give the whole experience you get from seeing me perform these songs. I wanted to kick it to the next level.
What software do you use for your remixes?
I use Logic to produce all my music. I actually started with Pro Tools in ‘05. I love Logic though; it really works the best.
What’s the difference between Logic and Ableton? I have noticed a lot of DJ’s use it.
It’s the most intuitive software on the market and good for starting out, but I know a lot of people who use it. To each its own.
What equipment do you use when you perform live?
When I perform I use all Pioneer gear.
Tell me about your new album. I know you released a new track at ID Fest from it.
I played a song today called “The Kids Will Have Their Say,” which I did with The Exploited and is much like a hardcore revival record. It has a dance beat with punk inspired lyrics. I also did a record with Rivers Cuomo from Weezer called “Earthquake You People,” which will be the next single on the album.
Who else can we expect on the upcoming album?
I also have Lil’ Jon, Will.I.Am, Kid Cudi, Travis Barker, LMFAO, Wynter Gordon, and Chiddy Bang– so many different features on the album.
When is the album dropping?
It’s dropping the end of December on Ultra Records.
Do you see yourself making an album where you perform the main vocals?
Travis and I are talking about doing something along those lines. I did the vocals on “Misfits,” so… it could happen in the future, but right now I’m focusing on the new album and there’s all these great vocalists on that.
Who is your favorite artist to perform live with?
Well I love performing with Afrojack, he’s my favorite. We have been friends for a while now and whenever we get together we end up producing music.