Steve Aoki Kolony Tour
Photo Credit: Whitney Peterson / Whit My Lens Photography

Steve Aoki’s Kolony Tour brought Indianapolis together to create an incomparable surge of happiness that lasted all night.


One of the first things I notice during a show is the audience, and you can get a pretty good feel for the vibes of a show based on the engagement of the fans. Among the many concerts I have been to, Steve Aoki is one of the few artists that is able to draw the audience in through every element of his show, and that was no different at the Indianapolis stop of his Kolony Tour.

The setup at The Pavilion was perfect. There was plenty of dancing room and a runway that was perpendicular to the stage so the artists could get even more connected with the crowd.

Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki
Photo Credit: Whitney Peterson / Whit My Lens Photography

Many guests of different styles came along with Aoki during his Kolony Tour, and Indianapolis was lucky to experience some of them.

Deorro set the tone by giving the crowd a taste of his iconic bass and trap infused music, sending vibrations all throughout The Pavilion.  My favorite part of his set was when he played “Five Hours (Don’t Hold Me Back).” It’s a classic, and everyone knows the words, so it was incredibly fun to be a part of that.

After Deorro killed his set, Desiigner took the stage and brought the energy level even higher by shifting gears to rap. The audience was up on their feet while Desiigner was on the runway dancing, crowd surfing, and still maintaining enough energy to perform “Panda“, one of his classics, toward the end. It was the perfect lead-in to keep everyone on their toes for Steve Aoki.

Desiigner
Desiigner
Photo Credit: Whitney Peterson / Whit My Lens Photography

While the crowd patiently waited for Aoki to begin his set, a big black tarp was hanging to cover the whole view of the stage, creating so much suspense and eagerness. The bass began to rise as his first song began, and all I could see through my camera lens were smiling faces. The build-up was just what the crowd needed, and I couldn’t help but stop and watch as the tarp and beat both dropped at the same time.

The production was so vibrant and in sync with the music that it put you in a trance. The array of colors in the lights and visuals blew me away, and on each side of the stage was a giant screen that displayed lyrics so the crowd was always singing along.

Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki
Photo Credit: Whitney Peterson / Whit My Lens Photography

This show was one of the most engaging, exciting, and lively that I have ever been to.

Rather than staying on stage the whole time, Aoki danced out onto the runway and shook hands, put the mic into the crowd for them to sing, and had everyone’s hands up in the air the whole time. It was a show that no one wanted to end, and even then fans were singing his songs as they walked out.

Make sure you catch Steve Aoki on the KOLONY Tour when it hits a city near you!

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Whitney is a nineteen-year-old and who is fortunate enough to attend her dream school, Indiana University, where she will be a sophomore this upcoming fall. She was born in Redwood City (San Francisco), California, but grew up in San Diego. Whitney has many interests including music, photography, videography, graphic design and the power of interaction. Her first EDM concert was Hardwell in San Diego and first music festival was Hard Summer 2014. Whitney found so much joy and energy at both of those events that she immediately knew she wanted to be involved in that industry as soon as possible. The deeper love she has for the music was not found at one specific event, but rather it continues to be found at every one of them. Whitney is extroverted, adventurous, and loves to be around people who share the same passion for this music and the energy that comes with it. Now writing for EDM Identity, she wants to help people understand her endless love and passion for the electronic music scene.

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