Exclusive Interview with Beatport
STEVE AOKI TALKS CONSPIRACY THEORIES, HIS NEW EP, AND MAKING THE MOST OF THE END OF THE WORLD
By KC Orcutt
Steve Aoki has a lot to celebrate. For one, he just made it another full circle around the sun, celebrating his birthday alongside a crowd of 5000 at the legendary Shrine Auditorium, in his hometown of Los Angeles. Secondly, while December may mark the end of the world as we know it, Aoki is perfectly content providing the soundtrack to the hyped doomsday chaos. After a full year of extensive touring and running Dim Mak Records, Aoki’s latest EP, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, is finally ready for the masses.
Prior to a 20-hour-plus trek to South Africa for his upcoming weekend tour, Aoki took some time to shed some light on conspiracy theories, what it’s like having his own app, and the back-story on his brand-new collaborative EP.
Do you buy into any of the conspiracy theories about doomsday, or is the title of your new EP, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, your way of having fun with it?
I love conspiracy theories. I think they are fun. It’s fun to think of all these crazy things that might happen. It’s part of the adventure—you’re supposed to take it to these wild places. If it’s the end of the world, let’s go out with a bang, you know. That’s the point. We’re only here for so long, so make the most of your life.
And for the album?
Throughout the year, I’ve been touring like crazy, so I haven’t had too much time to sit down in my own studio and come up with a major concept, so that’s why I was like, okay, it’s the end of the world, 2012, let’s put these three songs together. It’s three different collaborations I did with different producers, so I figured we’ll pack it all together. I produced them at different times throughout the year, so there were different influences and sounds in each song.
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