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Review: Steve Aoki stuns Villa

TOM KITSON

WORLD renowned DJ Steve Aoki performed a “pretty damn good” show at Villa Nightclub in East Perth this month, according to student and fan Seb Kovacs.

Electro dance music artist, DJ and producer Aoki mixed for a small and condensed yet enthusiastic crowd one week after his Future Music Festival gig.

Curtin University student and dance music lover, Kovacs, was at the show and loved everything from the support acts to Tai and the man himself.

“It was a really good experience,” he said, citing Aoki’s varying musical influences and onstage antics as crowd-pleasing highlights.

Local acts, Audageous, Dorcia DJs and Jus Haus, opened the night, mixing from 9pm.

DJ Tai, currently promoting his EP featuring Aoki, came on next to boost the crowd for the main act.

Aoki entered the stage at 11pm, with Bloody Beetroots’ hit ‘Warp 1.9’ and his remix ‘Warp 1977’ that Kovacs said really got the crowd going.

Aoki also played some tracks he collaborated on with Tai, his popular dance tune ‘I’m in the house’ (which featured on last year’s Ministry of Sound album Sessions Seven) and finished with electro remixes of Rage Against the Machine punk song ‘Bulls on parade’ and a Lion King theme tune that sent the crowd over the edge.

Kovacs said the highlight of the night was a stunt pulled by Aoki himself involving an inflatable boat and crowd surfing.

First, he chose people in the crowd to get in the boat and be carried around by the crowd.

Aoki then climbed to the second floor of the club and jumped down onto the boat, held up by cheering fans.

“The crowd interaction was very high and set up a great atmosphere,” Kovacs said.

Last year the second floor was open to fans, but Kovacs said keeping the crowd small and closed-in just added to the intimacy between DJ and audience.

Some of Aoki’s feats include starting up his own record label, Dim Mak, and vitally contributing to the careers of other well-known artists MSTRKRFT and The Bloody Beetroots, according to villanightclub.com.

He recently collaborated with other well-known artists, Armand Van Helden and Afrojack, and has begun production on his first album, featuring Kele from Bloc Party and will.i.am as his alter-ego Zuper Blaq.

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