With reporting by Andrew Maclean
For Steve Aoki, the concept of DJing in space is very real.
I mean, who wouldn't want to dance with meteors whizzing by, floating among the planets and stars, Milky Way surrounding you? It's the ultimate visual!
When MTV News sat down with the DJ/producer right before his set at Ultra Music Festival, he explained that the space idea might not be too far off -- just like his ideas for singularity, the hypothesis that humans and robots will soon be one. He's onboard with his pal Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and the author of "The Singularity Is Near," who says we'll join forces with robots by 2045. Aoki features Kurzweil on the intro to Neon Future I, his 2014 album with this very theme.
"I'm 37 now, so 2045 is 30 years from now. I'll still be alive," Aoki told us. "I mean, I'll be a robot, so I won't have wrinkly skin and I might not have any organs in my body anymore. As long as I got my consciousness and my brain working in all cylinders, then I'm good to be in any sentient body."
No wrinkly skin? Where's the sign-up sheet?
Aoki's upcoming album is part two to the Neon Future he released last year, which also featured Aubrey de Grey, an English author who believes that aging is a disease that can be cured. Neon Future II will include an outro from J J Abrams, known for creating the sci-fi TV hit "Lost" and helming the new "Star Trek" films and the upcoming "Star Wars" movies. Aoki also has a track with Kip Thorne, an astrophysicist and the executive producer on "Interstellar." With all these theorists on his album, Aoki feels like he's in good company when he talks about the future.
So, DJing in space? It might very well be a possibility.
"The dream of me DJing in space in definitely one of those pipe-dream goals that does come true, just like I hope singularity happens in our lifetime, life extension happens in our lifetime, nanotechnology and me becoming a robot," Aoki said. "These are all things in my dreamscope that I feel like there's a good chance. So me being able to DJ in space, I think we might have a shot."