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Henry Johnstone, Sydney - Australia - on 21/6/12
This one's got ego written all over it. Website Harderbloggerfaster has posted the on-tour rider demands of L.A. producer Steve Aoki, apparently leaked from an anonymous source. The rider outlines Aoki's requirements from any promoter who wishes to tour the Dim-Mak boss and reveals some rather excessively primma donna requests.
Aoki's hospitality requests:
- 3 large black v-neck t-shirts (American Apparel or H&M is acceptable)
- 6 pairs of men’s underwear (briefs, not boxers)
- Promoter paid-for meal from a restaurant serving organic based serving local foods, grass fed meat, non-refined sugars, non-bleached flours, etc
- 1/8 of local weed
Live Show requests:
- One inflatable boat or dingie suitable for 2-3 people
- Confetti sprayers
- Two medium sized cakes reading “DIM MAK” (soft icing, soft cake, nothing dense or bundt)
- Three bottles of champagne (no screw off top, must have a cork)
You can check out the entire list of Aoki's rider requests below.
Naturally Aoki has responded to the tour rider leak on his personal blog in an attempt to justify his excessive requests, which you can read below.
"My rider is now public information and seems to be the talk on my Twitter timeline so I’ll break down some of the more juicier bits of it since people are asking.
I travel with a small crew. Usually I am with my road manager, videographer and now sometimes a photographer as well so at any given show I am with 2 to 3 other people that I have to take care of.
Our lives are dedicated to living on the road and part of living on the road is learning how to travel efficiently. In most cases we all just travel with hand carry on and limit what we are bringing so it’s easier to get on flights and be more flexible with space so we don’t have to always travel in vans (because of our luggage). In those cases, whatever the promoter brings to us becomes our outfit for the day. Socks and underwear are shared between me and my crew. The large black V-neck t-shirts are actually for my tour manager. Nothing against him but I’m not a V-neck kinda guy! For the rest, let’s just go down the list…"
The Listerine because you can’t bring liquids with you on flights. We end up usually getting $100 cash dinners and fending for ourselves because each person has their own preferences to what they want to eat. For example, one guy in my squad hates organic food and is a McDonalds & Taco Bell man so that’s where we go to take care of him. In the end, the local organic grass food that I prefer doesn’t always get dished up our way, but I put it in there hoping that it does because I’d rather eat at those spots cuz they rule (#SupportOrganic)! Hot Green Tea is the shit period and I drink it almost every night before a show. One large cheese pizza is for my crew…too many calories for me. One whole lemon, one twig of ginger, and one bottle of organic honey is for my throat cuz I tend to lose my voice. Ok, 4 Odwallas is pushing it, I don’t really need this. In a way, writing this all out is good for my efficiency as I was stating earlier. Organic fruits is my sugar intake. The meat and cheese wraps is for my crew. Two bottles of Cristal is definitely a ballin’ move. Do I need it? No, but if I can get it…sweet!
The rest of the rider you can see for yourself. As for the “miscellaneous” items, the first time I saw the director’s chair on the rider was when I saw the blog that put up my rider in the first place (unnecessary management decision). The local grass is for someone else in my crew (another unnecessary management decision) and both have been deleted off the rider but I am a fan of wheat grass shots. I should probably add wheat in the front of grass from now on to be more clear. There it is for all to judge."
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