- Brian Ziff
Steve Aoki announced Thursday via Facebook that he'll be having vocal chord surgery soon therefor canceling part of his European Tour. Aoki's last show before surgery will be at the Snake Pit during the Indianapolis 500 this weekend.
NUVO: I saw your post on Facebook about vocal chord surgery, what made you finally decide to get it done?
Steve Aoki: It wasn’t really my decision. My doctors an that was impeding on my vocal chords and he said theres no choice. If I don’t do it I won’t have a voice by the end of the year. I’ve been wrecking my vocal chords since High School. I was in band, screaming throughout college. When I started DJ’ing I started emceeing at the same time. More recently, the last 5-6 years, I’ll sing in the studio. I blew it out entirely and if I don’t get it fixed I won’t have a voice.
NUVO: The Snake Pit is going to be the last show before your surgery, got anything special planned?
Aoki: I’m going to have an emcee with me. In order to have a clean surgery I can’t be using my voice at all. I won’t be talking period. I’m going to have a friend of mine emcee and he’s going to talk to the crowd and explain to them things that are going to happen throughout the show. When I play “Cake Face” I want people to understand that’s when you put up your signs or get up on someones shoulders. But in general, that weekend I’ll be a mute.
NUVO: Who’s the friend?
Aoki: It’s Oscar Wylde, he’s part of Caked Up. We did a tour together and when I was losing my voice he filled in for me. He’s an awesome friend of mine and he did a great job emceeing.
[Editors Note: This clears up why Caked Up was added to the Snake Pit lineup so late]
NUVO: You spent a good amount of time working on the Neon Future album, how’s it feel now that both parts are released?
Aoki: It’s a really big deal for me because I spent so much of my time and put every ounce of my being into this double project. I hear these songs again and I hear the evolution from where I started and the two year process of developing these into the biggest songs I’ve ever produced.
NUVO: You dabbed into multiple genres with Snoop and Linkin Park on the album, is crossing genres the present and future of dance music?
Aoki: Absolutely. We’re in a really interesting time in dance music. I’ve been saying this for the last couple of years now, at least since the introduction of EDM culture. The boundaries have come down within the dance genre which has allowed a lot of us to be more creative - to think outside the box. For myself I came from the rock world so it’s easy for me to go back and work with bands. It’s a big interest of mine.
NUVO: In the song “TARS" the lyrics mention that this is only the beginning of the Neon Future, any plans for a more editions in the future? Or where do you go from here?
Aoki: The Neon Future is unpredictable. So not entirely sure what’s next.
NUVO: Is that the beauty of it?
Aoki: Exactly. I’ve already produced a bunch of songs between Neon Future II and now. I’m not sure what’s going to happen to these songs or how I’m going to put them out. I might end up putting them in the vault for a couple of years and then go back to them. There might a Neon Future III or there might be a whole different concept of futuristic project.
NUVO: How did you become so amazingly accurate at throwing the giant ass cakes?
Aoki: Well I guess practice makes perfect. I’ve done like 8,000 cake faces. I’ll be honest I’m not always hitting my target but when I do it’s like one of those hail-mary touchdown passes.
NUVO: You said at the beginning of the year that you’re saving “caking” for the largest of shows, does performing at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing fall into that category?
Aoki: Oh yeah absolutely. I’m really excited about that show. It’s a completely new environment which I like and I’m bringing the cakes for sure.
NUVO: Do you prepare differently for a Sunday morning time slot?
Aoki: Yeah it is different. I’ve adjusted to the day slots, but not a morning slot. It’s a different vibe, a different energy. Last time I played an 11 o’clock slot was the tail end of a festival that was going on for 14 hours already. My set time was 10:30 to noon and there was 80,000 people there. So it’s going to be a different vibe than that for sure. My aim is to educate or share the Neon Future whatever time it is. As much as I would like to gauge what to play in the day my main focus is to share Neon Future to all the race fans.
NUVO: Your last stop in Indy was with Kaskade back in 2011, do you guys have anything planned for a combo set this time around?
Aoki: We did a back-to-back set in 2011 at Identity Fest so you never know, things like that can happen. But the fact that I can’t talk really limits me to what impromptu things I can do.