Steve Aoki stands atop a table in front of his DJ equipment in a pair of black board shorts with large X's, reminiscent of his straight-edge hardcore teen years; black sneakers with a leopard print; and a Dim Mak T-shirt. It's after dark on Aug. 29 at Del Mar racetrack. Thousands of fans throw their hands up, neon glow-stick-waving acolytes covered in fluorescent rave kandi and not much else. Confetti rains down from the sky. CO2 cannons belch clouds of high-velocity cold air.
Photo: Riley Kern | Photo Assist: Genevieve Davis | Cake provided by: Rockwell's Bakery | Photo of Steve Aoki provided by: Brian Ziff/MSO PR
An Asian Jesus look-alike with his wire-thin frame, long, stringy hair and goatee, Aoki is about to baptize the crowd the only way he knows how--with a Betty Crocker bomb covered in white icing. His muscles tense as he prepares to fling a 2-foot-long sheet cake into the screaming masses. Dozens of hysterical teens and twentysomethings proudly hoist up signs that say, "Cake Us," while showing off their Dim Mak paraphernalia, waving them in the air while Aoki bobs his head and shuffles to the beat.
The racetrack seems like an unlikely venue for a super-star DJ used to playing the massive main stages of EDM festivals, but in some ways, it couldn't be more apt. In the world of touring multimillionaire DJs, this dude moves fast.More »