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On Wednesday night, Los Angeles housed the biggest birthday party of the year for the Dim Mak king Steve Aoki. Alongside him was a special supporting cast featuring one-of-a-kind sets from Dim Mak favorites Dan Sena, Autoerotique, and Dirtyphonics, as well as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The night was highlighted by crazy stage antics like robot performers, crowd-rafting, and multiple instances of his signature caking.
As doors opened, Dan Sena kicked off the night before handing the decks off to Toronto-based AutoErotique, who opened their set with a few of their own productions like their remix of Felix Cartal’s Tonight and their own Turn Up The Volume, the track that actually inspired Steve Aoki to start caking fans at his shows. They also dropped Torro Torro’s remix of Go Deep and a classy mashup of Nicky Romero’s rendition of Flash and Afrojack’s remix of Beat Down. If you have not been fortunate enough to catch AutoErotique’s heavy-handed live sets yet, I suggest you do so.
After Autoerotique, Dirtyphonics (pictured above) put the venue’s speakers and bass limits to the test. Their set varied from adrenaline-pumping drum & bass to dubstep and the ever-growing trap genre. The highlight of their set was one they dropped my all-time favorite Dirtyphonics remix of The Crystal Method’s Play For Real just before heading into their bone-crushing remix of Knife Party and Foreign Beggars’ Apex.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (pictured above with Steve Aoki) played the most versatile set of the night. From Noisia’s remix of Slap My B*tch Up to Nero’s Won’t You Be There to their own track Madagascar, the world-renowned duo stole the show with a wide range of chart-topping tunes and exceptional mixing skills. They even played a live version of the melody from Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s Calling that sent the crowd into an all-out cheer. They ended their set with an incredible mashup of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child and Quintino and Sandro Silva’s Epic, a fitting ending to a rip-roaring set.
Steve Aoki (pictured above) closed out his birthday party with a banging collection of his own material. I caught up with him prior to his set and he told me he would be playing an entire set of strictly Aoki tunes. “I want people to think of my music first,” said Aoki. “I want that to be the primary reason why people are coming to the shows. That’s the most important thing to me.” Aoki opened with his brand new collaboration with Angger Dimas titled Singularity, which is set to release on 12/11 as part of his upcoming EP, IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. He also played his new collaboration with Dan Sena and Miss Palmer, Omega, which is set to release on the same EP. Aoki followed his new collaborations up with champagne showers during Turbulence and an extreme caking of several lucky fans in attendance with help from all of the night’s performers. This was one wicked birthday bash equipped with all of the music, friends and cake a real birthday party longs for.