Steve Aoki is a musical genius who literally never stops moving. Aoki plays over 200 shows a year around the world and loves to be moving constantly. Aoki loves movement in both the travel sense and body sense.
“My life is movement,” Steve Aoki told AOL Entertainment at the ASICS ‘I Move Me’ campaign launch at Public Hotels recently. “Everything we do is based on that fluidity. Music is all about connecting with people, but in order to connect with people you have to move with people. One of my favorite things to do in life — and I can’t see the train stopping anytime soon — is touring. When I do over 200 shows a year around the world, it can be daunting. But I love it.”
“The spirit of that movement is in my DNA,” Aoki continued. “I’m not the kind of guy who puts his feet up on the table to chill and watch TV while eating a bag of chips. That’s not me — I can’t do that. I need to constantly have action, mobility and movement.”
Steve Aoki will never stop not moving. Aoki works out every single day and can’t bear to sit still. During a day off after a radio show in Maui, Aoki connected with a professional surfer and spent all day learning about foil surfing rather than just relaxing by the beach. During another off day in Las Vegas, Aoki went skydiving off a helicopter over The Strip.
“When I have a day off, I’m thinking, ‘What bucket list item can I fulfill?'” he said.
It’s these exotic adventures that Aoki does that inspire his DJ work. Aoki refers to himself as a ‘walking sampler” and tends to document the things around him where he is. It could be taking pictures, audio samples, or notes. Aoki is always leaving for something to ignite the imagination inside his brain to create even better music.
“I realized that my creative outlet isn’t just one linear idea,” he says. “Going into the studio is one, but so is going out and building a fashion collection with a brand like ASICS. There are so many different ways to find your output, so I just follow my intuition and feelings.”
“All of the fleeting moments that pass you by, those are the things that are the blueprints of your next product,” he added. “If you don’t take notice of that, it’ll just go away. It’s like a dream.”
Aoki has always had a passion for fashion and it’s been very clear recently. Aoki says that fashion has “always been my blood” and even after many collaborations with athletic brands in the past, his new collaboration with ASICS is what really has him excited.
“ASICS wanted to give me a voice,” he said about his “I Move Me” campaign. “It wasn’t just about a name or a face. I wanted to add so much to the fashion sensibility, and working out on a daily basis is something I already do every day and promote on social media. I was already going in that direction, and ASICS wanted to give me the infrastructure to just do me. It was perfect.”