Published on June 21st, 2012 | by Daniel Shaw2
Event Review: See What Unfolds Live: Steve Aoki & Duran Duran Invade Terminal 5 NYC
Trident was either rewarding all the ravers for the gum they have been chewing, or launching an intensive marketing campaign last night at Terminal 5 for the free Steve Aoki show they put on.
The madness began a little later than planned, just a few minutes after eight o’clock. Aoki spun all of the tunes you would expect to hear from him, some of my favorites being “Earthquakey People” and “No Beef.” Aoki got people on stage and onto his raft several times as well as saturating the front of the crowd with champagne, water and cake. A new collaborative track between Steve Aoki and Knife Party was dropped about mid-way through his set and the crowd’s reaction was pretty wild. The new track was my personal favorite song of the night, but then again, Knife Party never seems to disappoint me.
Although almost everyone was there to see Aoki, this was very much Trident’s event. From the visualizers on the LED screen to the Trident Layer’s inspired cakes that Aoki threw, Trident was marketing their brand heavily. In fact, it probably flashed “Trident” on the LED screen more than it did “Steve Aoki.”
onto other news… i finished my latest remix tested the master at soundcheck today. can’t wait for all crazy NYC kids coming to hear it!
— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) June 20, 2012
After a few bottles of champagne and a total of three cakes, Aoki announced that he would be closing with his new collaboration with the surprise guest, Duran Duran. The song, “Hungry Like The Wolf,” is definitely a lot more of a progressive house track than we have grown to expect from Aoki. The alternative mix of the original marks the 30th anniversary of the hit by Duran Duran.
As Aoki left the stage, Duran Duran took center stage and began to perform a few numbers. Although I will admit I am not well versed in my 80s rock, their performance was a lot of fun. As the performers switched, so did the crowd demographic. All of a sudden I noticed a lot older members of the audience, which makes me believe that not only Aoki fans were tipped off about this event.
For those lucky enough to get there early, Trident was even giving out SOL headphones to some guests. On the way out, guests were given tote bags filled with Trident merchandise. Although the night started and ended early, no one seemed to mind. After all, free merch and a free show on a Wednesday is always a good deal by most people’s standards. Finally, I would like to give props to Terminal 5 for managing to keep the venue cool and comfortable, despite the scorching heat that is sweeping the east coast!
You can download the collaboration between Steve Aoki and Duran Duran here for free!
Article by: Daniel Shaw