If there’s anything Steve Aoki isn’t running short on, it’s energy. His over-the-top show stunts, including diving into crowds from balconies and unleashing bottle after bottle of champagne on the audience, have made him a must-see-at-least-once artist on almost every dance music fan’s list. New York had the opportunity to witness Steve’s antics firsthand at the Manhattan engagement of his Deadmeat Tour this past Friday. Presented by Steve’s personal label Dim Mak, the Deadmeat Tour has been making its way around the US and carries on until its final date in Los Angeles, CA on March 17th.
The sold out New York date began with an opening set by AutoErotique. However, when Deadmeat co-headliner Datsik took the stage at The Roseland Ballroom, you knew it was time for the main spectacle if by nothing else than the sheer increase in volume that occurred the second Datsik began; not a room in the building was safe from the grind of the bass. The Deadmeat coordinators were smart to include a name like Datsik’s on this roster. A little bit of dubstep always offsets an electro act well these days, especially on North American tours, where dubstep and electro have become the new rock for teens and twenty-somethings. Datsik could do no wrong with the audience, sticking mostly to wobbly breakbeat sounds with a bit of four-to-the-floor electro and moombahton thrown in to mix things up a bit. One of the most memorable drops of the night had to have been his new release on Dim Mak, Fully Blown, a track that packed quite a punch with its stuttering beats and hip-hop sensibilities. New Yorkers do love them some hip hop.
When it was time for Steve to take the stage, four large letters that spelled out AOKI appeared around a semi-spherical DJ booth, immediately upping the production value for the man of the hour. When Steve entered the booth, it was full tilt for the rest of the night. Anyone who knows anything about Steve knows he doesn’t have to venture far from his own tracks to provide insane amounts of energy to the crowd, so he rarely did. There were more than a few exciting occurrences, including the premiere of the vocal version of his collaboration with Tiesto, Tornado, featuring vocalist Polina, who performed the track live. Polina was not the only guest artist to show up, though–Lil Jon also took to the stage more than once to support Steve on tracks like Turbulence and Emergency from Aoki’s new Wonderland LP. Songstress Wynter Gordon showed up as well to perform current hit Ladi Dadi about two-thirds of the way into the set. Between the surprise appearances, the energy of the music, the balcony dives, and the cakes being thrown onto the audience, there was not one dull moment at Roseland on Friday.
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