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Steve Aoki: Behind the Scenes at SXSW

The superstar DJ takes us on a trip through Austin, with cameos from Boots Riley and Wiz Khalifa

Steve Aoki, SXSW 2014

Erik Voake

Earlier this month, Steve Aoki was in Austin to play SXSW, and Rolling Stone's cameras were there to shadow the DJ. From his morning preparation to his evening set at Austin Music Hall (a venue he'd sold out only five months prior) and his label's late night afterparty at the notorious Illmore, Aoki stayed busy but still found time to pose with fans and do a signature "Aoki jump" in front of the Texas State Capitol.

All captions by Aoki himself. Of the above picture, he writes, "Getting my morning started by creating my setlist for the show that night."

Steve Aoki, SXSW 2014

Erik Voake

Pick a Bigger Weapon

"Hanging out at the Samsung lounge," recalls Steve Aoki, "I ran into Boots Riley from the Street Sweeper Social Club."

Steve Aoki, SXSW 2014

Erik Voake

Computer Love

"My friends at Samsung hooked me up with the Galaxy Gear to match my tablet," says Aoki. "I love all things tech so this was a great gift."

Steve Aoki, SXSW 2014

Erik Voake

En Route

"Walking to my next stop with my tour photographer Ceasar and my videographer Chris," Steve Aoki says. "They document all my travels!"

Steve Aoki, SXSW 2014

Erik Voake

Jump Around

You're looking at the what Steve Aoki calls, "The 'Aoki jump' – I do this jump in every city I am in, anywhere in the world, usually in front of a recognizable landmark. It's sort of become a trademark of mine."

Steve Aoki, SXSW 2014

Ceasar Sebastian

Holy Ship

"This is the first party I did that night with Wiz Khalifa," says Steve Aoki. "The inflatable rafts at my shows are always a fan favorite."

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