Backstage at Lollapalooza 2013: Steve Aoki Talks Cake Throwing With VIBE

The bigger the sign in the front row, the more likely you are to have Dim Mak founder Steve Aoki toss — actually, more like hurl — a cake in your face during his set. This is one thing we learned about the DJ hanging out with him backstage in the Samsung Galaxy tent at Lollapalooza 2013. The cake toss is a longstanding tradition for Aoki, who performs a “cake check” before each set by making sure each is just fluffy enough.

“We have to make sure the cake is soft, fluffy,” says Aoki. “The crowd knows what to expect, especially the front row. Whoever makes the biggest sign usually gets the cake. I’ve hurt my shoulder throwing cakes this year. I’m not kidding. So I’ve had a physiotherapist work on my shoulder every show to like fucking get it prepared and ready, because I’ve thrown it out. It’s like I’m a pitcher now, as well as a DJ.”

Adds Aoki, “It’s all about comfort on the splatter of the face, you don’t want it to hurt. English cakes, for one, are the worst cakes, they are these bricks cakes that are not meant to be thrown at anyone’s head or body parts. So never British cake. Never, never.”

Theophilus London also stopped by the tent before his Lolla set and got pumped about his live show. The rapper has been holed up in his Palm Springs, Calif. studio working on the follow-up to 2011’s Timez Are Weird These Days.

“Everyone thinks I’m British because of my last name, but I’m not,” he told VIBE. “I was born and raised in Brooklyn,” Theophilus, a name passed down in the family, comes from the Bible and theology. “But, you can call me TL,” he says.