Steve Aoki set to blast crowd with 'Neon,' more

WHEN YOU GO to Life in Color, it's best to leave your good clothes at home.

Paint, confetti and more paint will splash all over Pinnacle Bank Arena as famed producer/DJ Steve Aoki blasts out rumbling dance music.

One of the world's most popular EDM artists, Aoki is excited to play his music while the crowd gets sprayed down with hoses full of neon paint.

We called Aoki while he was on a break from performing around the world and working on a follow-up to his latest albums, "Neon Future I" and "Neon Future II."

Q. Do you prepare differently for a show like Life in Color? In Lincoln, it's probably a young college crowd.

A. The crowd is live. They're certainly younger, and the energy and the passion is more exuberant. It's more thrilling for them.

When you're young and you go to your first concert, you're so excited. I kind of live vicariously through them. That's why I love playing these shows. At the end of the day, it's the kids that are the ones that are educated on the music. They are the first ambassadors. This is a larger conversation on the youth picking up EDM and becoming the ambassadors of this culture. I'm really happy to be playing there at this venue — it's a pretty big venue.

Q. What's the difference between a regular Steve Aoki show and something like performing at Life in Color? Do you prepare differently?

A. If I were to come back and play there, I'd do a smaller venue. A Steve Aoki concert would be a smaller concert. Playing with these kids, now they have more reason to go to an Aoki show. They get all what Life in Color productions does, and they get my show.

The selfish reason for me to be playing is to do all my new music I haven't had a chance to do for people and get a sense of all of my new songs.

Q. How much of your set is planned out and how much of it changes on the fly?

A. I change things on the fly a lot. I was in Brazil, and I made sure to make some Brazilian funk edits that the crowd would just be jumping off to. I changed my set around and played some of my new songs, and I played some older songs that the crowd gravitated toward.

When I went to Dubai, I completely changed my set around. It was a young crowd, so I'm gonna be playing more songs they'll be familiar with from my older stuff.

In Beirut, I've gotta play all my "Neon Future" music.

When I come to your city, I'm thinking I haven't played there in a while, so I have to think about how much new music am I gonna play versus how much of the songs people know from me.

Then there's certain fixtures in the set. I'm always gonna play "Cake Face." I'm sure the kids want the cake. I keep that one in.

Q. You said something about new music. So you'll have some new stuff?

A. I guess you can call it the trilogy. It's "Neon Future III." I just got out of the studio last night with Adam Lambert. He's gotta be one of the best vocalists I've ever worked with.

LIFE IN COLOR

featuring Steve Aoki

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive in Lincoln

Tickets:$27.50 to $79.50 via Ticketmaster

Info: Pinnaclebankarena.com or 402-904-4444

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