A lot of EDM is fixated on the present, encouraging us to live in the moment and surrender to the world around us. Steve Aoki, a self-described "science-fiction nut," is obsessed with what's to come. "Some of these [sci-fi] ideas are actually real trajectories that are going to happen in our lifetime," the DJ told Rolling Stone late last year, just before the release of Neon Future, his most recent album. "Extending our lives, extending our creativity, opening up the mysteries of the brain... that's kind of the basis of Neon Future."
Next month, he follows that record with Neon Future II, a "darker" continuation that features Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo and J.J. Abram. Here, check out behind-the-scenes photos from his wild shoot for the music video for "Darker Than Blood," which features Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. Think Contagion meets Back to the Future, condensed into just a few high-energy minutes.