Steve Aoki, Axis Radius, 2/9/13
Steve Aoki @ Axis Radius|2/9/13
If you don't believe in Jesus, alright, but Asian Jesus is real. Steve Aoki, record producer, DJ, and founder Dim Mak Records, graced Scottsdale's Axis/Radius with his presence last night, spreading his music to all and making one amazing mission trip to land more followers and share the word and sound of EDM.
It seemed as if the scene was there -- and the crowd was ready early on. Aoki has crossover appeal, and he does great mission work converting pop fans into hardcore EDM fans, and pleasing his dedicated following.
Jim Louvau Aoki fans cheer for the man at Axis/Radius in Scottsdale.
As the opening DJs dropped a remix of 2 Live Crew's "Pop That Pussy," we awaited the beloved Steve, I was reminded of the recent piece that the L.A. Times wrote about the EDM culture and Kaskade's response to it. This is a growing scene, a worldwide phenomenon. As whole, EDM isn't responsible for all the bad elements discussed (EDM concerts have the same risks as any other type of music festival or show.) It's easy to miss it beyond the lights and bluster, but this phenomenon is a gathering of all types of people from different generations and separate cultures. It's not the drugs that bring these people together, but rather the music and experiences that can and will be shared for the rest of their remaining lives.
But the crowd last night seemed to have a curious stance on the EDM ethical code of peace, love, unity, and respect. Things kept building up over time last night. Where was Steve? That question began to circulate as midnight passed. The crowd continued to grow in size, but also anxiousness.
A chant of, "we want Steve," circulated until finally at 12:30 a.m. Aoki walked out to the stage. Fans screamed, jumped, and battled each other for camera phones shots. Aoki announced that he was dropping a new track for the first time ever playing it live. The crowd grew to a level of insanity. I found myself pressed against a railing -- thrilled regardless of the crowded situation, but imagining that it couldn't possibly get worse. (It did.)