When one goes to a Steve Aoki show, there are a few things you should expect.
Pictured here is what we saw right before entering Terminal 5—the “Aoki” disclaimer. To say the least, Aoki fans expected this, but knew that we would be the crazy ones that actually wanted to be in front to be “splattered with liquids or other food items.”
As we entered the venue, the crowd was “eclectic.” There were literally Mom’s and women almost older than my own Mom there in droves for the surprise guest, Duran Duran.
If you were SOL VIP (the headphone sponsors) for the event you gained VIP access to the upstairs that had open bar, free trident gum, SOL headphones, and delicious Hors d’oeuvres. But the best part of being VIP was being able to be front row for all the Aoki madness.
Fortunately for me, I snagged a VIP band and made my way right to the front. When I mentioned that the crowd was eclectic I wasn’t joking. I struck up a conversation with people around me to find hardcore Duran Duran fans, women in their 40’s and 50’s screaming their lungs out for them to come on. I asked them if they’ve ever heard of Steve Aoki, and an almost blank expression came on their faces. However, soon enough they’d realize who he was, and the insanity they’d gotten themselves into.
At 9:15pm, the lights went dim, and the crowd went wild as soon as things got into motion. The stage display raised to reveal Aoki. As usual, Aoki amped up the crowd with his hits going from “Steve Jobs” into “Turbulence”, followed by “Ladi Dadi” with Tommy Trash’s flavoring, and of course, “Warp”.
Aoki busted out his champagne bottles and pointed to the crowd asking if anyone wanted a shower…followed by, of course…the cake. I was honored to be covered with splatter from the first cake he chucked into the crowd. I guess I consider myself lucky since the guy in front of me got the convection full blast. For the next hour we were subjected to everything the disclaimer said and probably more. Cakes, champagne, water bottles, rafts, and even Aoki himself was flung into the crowd.
The most notable part of the night was Aoki and Knife Party’s “F*ck Off” with a cloud of confetti blasting into the crowd as soon as the drop hit. But the most unique part was the ending with special guest Duran Duran. Aoki and the legendary band got together to do a live remix of “Hungry Like the Wolf” which pleased both Aoki fans and the crowd of raging mothers trying to push to the front to relive their teenage years.
All in all, this was a fun show to be a part of. As a “raver”, one comes to understand what they get themselves into in regards to who they see. When you go to an Aoki show, don’t just expect skillful DJ technique, but expect to have a great time because Mr. Aoki is a crowd pleaser. With all kinds of flying objects being thrown into a crowd full of young ragers and rock starved mothers, being entertained was easily something you would say about Aoki’s performance that night. I wonder what he’ll come up with next. I’ll definitely be back to find out.
–Peter Le for EDMNYC