Steve Aoki and Datsik Deadmeat Tour: San Francisco
From the looks of the crowd, one would believe it was strictly 21 and under Saturday night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco as close to 7,000 neon clad teenagers packed the city's largest venue for Datsik and Steve Aoki's Deadmeat tour.
Bro-step extraordinaire Datsik got the crowd screaming before even hitting the stage. Once the Canadian DJs name was projected from his DJ booth in lights, the crowd pushed forward and fans in the bleachers stood up, making the house appear much more packed. Fist pumpers were excited by the usual crowd favorites including "Levels" and "Guess I Got My Swagger Back." The wobble-obsessed DJ surprised some by remixing fellow Canadian, Drake's hit rap single "I'm on One." He ended his set with an overkill remix of Skrillex's "Cinema" remix.
It took nearly thirty minutes for a crew to set up the Dim Mak head honcho's DJ set up for his headlining set. Aoki was placed behind his usual A-O-K-I light up letters in a raised platform separating himself from the crowd, contrary to his usual sets full of crowd interactions. Before beginning, he snapped a TwitPic of the sold out venue. An enthusiastic Aoki announced to the crowd that he would he playing a special set full of original tracks, an appropriate decision following the "Wonderland" album release. Stepping out from his isolating platform, the DJ known for his crazy onstage partying raged along with fans to club hits like "Turbulence" and "Warp," as screens onstage coordinated displaying lyrics. The highlight of his set was his signature move of "white raver rafting," or crowd surfing through the crowd on a blow up raft as crazed crowd members rushed onstage to jump back and crowd surf alongside Steve.
Despite their youthful appearance, the front rows of the crowd were lucky enough to get a mouthful, or faceful of champagne as Aoki shook bottles of bubbly into the crowd during champagne showers, clearly an audience favorite bringing aspects of older Aoki sets in smaller venues to such a monstrous crowd. He called San Francisco one of the best cities in the world and even played an afterparty in a nightclub with a 300 person capacity, announced at 8 pm the day of, a surprise most cities on the Deadmeat tour won't be lucky enough to experience.
Photo Credit: Grady Brannan