[EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Travis Barker Will Guest At Beyond Wonderland] Steve Aoki Talks Beyond Wonderland and His Latest Album: 'The World Is Not Going To End'
With the recent release of his recent first full length album, Wonderland, Aoki has many things planned for Saturday--and the rest of the year. See what he has to say about his latest release and Beyond Wonderland.
Steve Aoki: That's tough to say. I have unique relationships with everyone. I like working with Wynter Gordon. I've known Redfoo from LMFAO for a long time and he is really fun. Kid Cudi is unbelievable. Lil Jon is my favorite person to party with. Will I Am is on it--he's one of the most intuitive people to work with. He's so on top of it and fast at figuring shit out. I like working with people who are animated. I've worked with so much talent it's hard to point out one person.
Who was the hardest to collaborate with?
I'm not that negative, man. I find pleasure with the people I work with, I can never say anything negative.
What's your favorite remix of your song "Ladi Dadi"?
Tommy Trash, 100 percent! He fucking killed it. I actually play his remix during my set.
Tell me about your new visual light show.
It's similar to Identity Festival with all new visuals and lights. I'm keeping my trademark AOKI stage. It's from the same set creators as Deadmau5 and Daft Punk.
How will your new light show enhance your performance?
My show now is all my own new music. Since my album just dropped in January, I'm really focusing it on the best Aoki experience. When kids come to a show they can see an Aoki set.
Will you be doing anything special at Beyond Wonderland?
Yes actually. There is a special guest that will be playing song with me. Unfortunately I cannot say who it is at this time.
What are you looking forward to the most about beyond Wonderland?
I have actually never played at Beyond. I've heard a lot about the festival. San Bernardino has so much culture around dance music. No one knows that. Kids grow up with dance music out there. I'd love to play in front of those kids.