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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:20

Electro, dubstep, moombahton
Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
Steve Aoki 'Ladi Dadi (Tommy Trash Remix)' (Dim Mak)
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Knife Party
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Green Lantern. Anything you can imagine is at the palm of your hands.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
Both. You play what you want, but you need to speak to the crowd through your music.
What does EDM mean to you: 
The latest and simplest way for people outside this world to categorize 'electronic dance music'.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Sure. Anyone can be a DJ. You can be a bedroom DJ, a wedding DJ, a club DJ. There is room for everyone.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Yes the owner threw me off because I didn't play hip-hop in the Hamptons [expensive seaside resort outside New York].
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Yes. There are many different ways to DJ. It's not about beat matching so much as all the many things you can do to manipulate one song with another and create a story throughout the night. DJing is much more than the beat match.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Las Vegas

Steve Aoki had to air his laundry in public recently, after an anonymous online post revealed he requests six pairs of underpants on his rider.

"I travel with a crew and we travel light, so we need clean underpants or we'd get sweaty balls," he explains. Those hectic live gigs - which feature Aoki throwing cakes and also explain why his rider requests a rubber dinghy - and equally hectic tour schedule are partly why it's taken the California-based Aoki until now to release debut album 'Wonderland' after 16 years of DJing.

With vocals from Lil Jon and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo amongst others, 'Wonderland' expands upon his Dim Mak label's electro-rock sound. "I wrote each song specifically for each vocalist," he says. "So rather than just define one sound I put elements of dubstep, electro and progressive house on there." Clearly he can have his cake and eat it.