One man. One mixing board. By all rights, Steve Aoki shouldn’t have that much power.
But with his booming elecronica set on Saturday night, the globetrotting DJ had the crowd at MIA hopping like Pavlov’s kangaroos for a solid hour.
The Aoki EDM experience is a ritual of frenzy and abandon. It’s part carnival music, part sports arena spectacle, all powered with an insane underbody of bass. And it’s completely machine-tooled.
Melodies aren’t Aoki’s stock in trade; he deals in textures, building up again and again to his propulsive grooves. And every time he would drop the crowd into another of his sonic bouncy houses,it would roar and surge.