The Deadmeat Tour: Steve Aoki and Datsik 2-25-11 (Review and Photos)

After the Detroit leg of The Deadmeat Tour, I overheard one fan say that she wished Aoki and Datsik owned a Detroit club and held such a party every week. We agree! Saturday night was a high-energy, super-hype event. We walked in just in time to hear the second special guest, Mustard Pimp.  Mustard Pimp was a pleasant surprise and well-worth checking out. The group is signed to Aoki’s label, Dim Mak Records.

Datsik was up next. The British Columbia, Canadian has had a huge year. Ironically, we had just covered the Korn show at the same venue two days earlier, and Datsik had helped Korn with their new 2011 album. Datsik has a reserved charm on stage, knows how to make the room bounce, and the ladies love him. Flawless!

Lastly, Steve Aoki is a star-the hippest of the hip. There’s just something about that guy that makes a crowd go insane. He’s a charismatic figure who has his finger on the pulse of what gets the people going. His Dim Mak label is growing at a fast pace, and developing quite a list of respectable artists. Furthermore, we appreciate his emphasis on nightlife and concert photography. Aoki usually has at least one tour photographer capturing all the fun. We got to shoot with notorious NY party photog Kiril. Very cool! The Deadmeat Tour is not to be missed.








Album Review: Steve Aoki “Wonderland” 1/10/12 (Score 81%)

I adore Steve Aoki. I got the chance to see him live this summer at the Identity Fest and loved his presence. He’s a star-the hippest of the hip. I also am a fan of several of his well-known tracks such as: “Misfits” “Wake Up Call” and “New Noise.” I’m excited to see him finally release a full-length album. Other than a few songs that failed, it’s an interesting album in the genre I like to refer to as pop-techno. His music is so damn likable and catchy, even if it’s a ‘lil heavy on the dubstep.

01. Steve Jobs (feat. Angerr Dimas)-Love the build-up! Bouncy. Video-gameISH. Aoki’s unique tribute to Jobs. Clever.

02. 05. Emergency (Feat. Lil Jon & Chiddy Bang)-Lil Jon is played out. Yuck. Chiddy Bang almost saves the track but not quite. 🙁

03. Earthquakey People (The Sequel) (Feat. Rivers Cuomo)-Better version than #10 thanks to Aoki.

04. Ladi Dadi (Feat. Wynter Gordon)-Typical Female vocal techno track. Boring 🙁

05. Control Freak (Feat. Blaqstarr & Kay)-Not bad. Passable.

06. Ooh (Feat. Rob Roy)-Sassy fun.

07. No Beef (Original Mix) (feat. Polina Goudieva)-Passable.

08. Come With me (Deadmeat) [feat. Polina Goudieva]-Typical Female vocal techno tack. Boring 🙁

09. Heartbreaker (Feat. Lovefoxxx) Smooth. “Dripping Dripping Dripping”

10. Earthquakey People 9feat Rivers Cuomo) Love Rivers Cuomo, do not love this song, 🙁

11. Livin My Love (Feat. LMFAO & NERVO)Yah Shake it!

12. Dangerous (Feat. Zuper Blahq) Fun lyrics!

13. Cudi The Kid (Feat. Kid Cudi & Travis Barker) Sweet Collab-o!

14. The Kids Will Have Their Say (Feat. Sick Boy With Former-Love! Fave track! We love when Aoki mixes techno with heavier screamo stuff.

15. Turbulence (Radio Edit) (feat. Lil John) [Bonus Track]-This is one of his older tracks but glad it was added so everyone can hear it. Smart move.

16. Misfits (feat Steve Aoki) {Bonus Track] Another one of his older tracks that I adore. At Identity, Aoki left his tables to perform this song. Ahh memories!


Check out the pics of Steve Aoki and the Identity Festival here:


Identity Festival Detroit 8/12/2011 (Photos and Review)

This year, the newly formed Identity festival came to DTE Energy Music Energy Theatre. Detroit was the second stop on the first ever touring electronic-music festival that introduces itself as a “sensory extravaganza”  that possesses “unparalleled production.” They did not disappoint!

Throughout all stops of the tour, the festival is simultaneously running three stages: Rockstar Energy Drink’s Dim Mak Festival Stage,  the Advent Stage, and the Skullcandy Main Stage. I was impressed that even though Detroit was only the second stop on the tour, the timeline of all stages was accurate and all performances flowed smoothly.

Our first stop was to the Rockstar stage to check out the fantastic electropop duo, Holy Ghost!.

As we walked over to a different stage, we encountered this lovely lady…


Modeselektor won me over immediately with their German charisma and also due to the fact they mixed an Anthony and the Johnsons track.

Next we meandered back to the Rockstar stage to see Datsik, a producer and Dubstep DJ from British C0lumbia, Canada.  He was briefly joined by fellow performer, Steve Aoki. It was during his set that I really started to appreciate the visual artwork displayed behind each artist.

 On the way to see Chuckie on the main stage, I met some new fun-loving and friendly people.

Dutch DJ Chuckie killed it and had a BAD dancer:)

The  legendary Crystal Method!!!

 After The Crystal Method, it was back to The Skullcandy stage to see Booka Shade. I had heard they were wonderful live so I was excited to see for myself. Brilliant!


The “Best Pumped Up Kicks” Award goes to this guy: Cool shoes dude!

 Oh, and just in case anybody at the festival was being bad, we had this guy praying for us!Maybe his praying was working because I got to catch the end of Nero.

At last, it was time for Steve Aoki. I had been looking forward to seeing him live all day. I expected a lot from a guy born in the party town of Miami but raised in Cali. Also, props to Steve for graduating with two degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies. What an interesting guy and quite the show-stopper. His energy level was astounding and he went all out on his state setup. I would love to learn more about how they produced the colorful images and pictures on the display behind him because I had never seen anything like it. Props to all who was involved with that. “WOW” is all I have to say.

 S’more friendly peeps…

The sun was setting just in time for Kaskade. His lighting was AMAZING. The stage setup featured thick colored column like beams with Kaskade’s 20 ft. high DJ booth. The ambience of the theatre and ethereal sounds of the music made Kaskade’s set one of the top performances of the night

Lastly, the highly respected songwriter, producer and DJ, DJ Shadow, wrapped up the night in a big way. He dashed onto the stage for a quick bow before disappearing into a giant colorful ball of lights.

Identiy Festival 2011 was a HUGE success and I really hope the festival returns next year. It was a unique and one-of-a-kind experience. Everyone involved in the tour should be proud because they pulled off something certainly very special. Thanks!