- Steve Aoki's fourth studio album, Neon Future IV, released in April 2020.
- A free live concert is being held on Oculus Venues on September 30 at 6pm ET, featuring music from the latest album.
- Users can feel like they're actually at a concert by using an Oculus Quest to join in VR with other Oculus players, represented by customizable avatars.
A new Steve Aoki concert is happening on September 30, but it's not at your typical type of venue. While 2020 has put a damper on large gatherings like concerts and live music, we can virtually attend concerts through live streams to help get our live music fix. But watching a stream on a TV just isn't quite the same as being there in person. That's why Steve Aoki has partnered up with Facebook to bring his next live concert to a screen way closer to your face — your Oculus Quest.
Jumping into a live concert in VR makes it feel like you're actually there in many ways. That's because special virtual reality cameras are used to give viewers the ability to look all around them at any time, just as you would if you were at an actual concert. Since this is being hosted in Oculus Venues, you'll be joining potentially thousands of users in watching the same concert, with lobbies that you can socialize in before, during, and after the show.
Players are represented by their own customizable Oculus avatar, and the sense of presence with other folks really feels genuine. Check out the video of it in action below if you want to see what it's like before you join.
Like other events in Oculus Venues, the Steve Aoki Neon Future IV concert is totally free. The concert takes place on Wednesday, September 30 between 6pm and 7pm ET. Here's what you need to do to take part:
Registering for the Steve Aoki concert from any device
- Register your interest in the concert by heading to the event listing page and clicking the Subscribe button on the page.
- You will be notified on your Oculus Quest when the concert is about to begin on September 30 between 6pm and 7pm ET.
Watching the Steve Aoki concert on an Oculus Quest
- Download the Oculus Venues app to your Oculus Quest. Start by clicking the store button on your Oculus home bar.
2. Search for Oculus Venues. Click install when the search results appear.
3. Select Open once it's done installing. Alternatively, open up the Oculus Venues app from your library on the Oculus home bar.
4. Once you are in the Oculus Venues app, select music from the menu on the left.
5. You'll see the Steve Aoki concert listing. Click on the listing and enjoy the show on September 30 between 6pm and 7pm ET.
he show is produced by Supersphere for Oculus Quest users, who can register here to reserve a seat at the show tonight.
Steve Aoki is a world-famous DJ and music producer known for his wild multimedia dance shows, which sell out all over the world. As a cross-genre music producer, Aoki’s label, Dim Mak, has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills.
The show’s producer, Supersphere, is a live content and production company founded by Lucas Wilson, that has produced thousands of hours of live music, events, and broadcasts over the past five years. When Wilson put on an Oculus DK1 shortly before the Facebook acquisition in 2015, he knew this was a direction he wanted to take the company. Along the way they’ve become a go-to partner for Facebook and Venues.
Supersphere's artist relations team helps with talent acquisition, working directly with managers, agents, labels, and artists from the beginning. Supershere’s work in early VR meant doing a lot of 360º and 180º live streaming for Facebook and others. They've worked with eSports leagues to develop their in-game virtual reality camera broadcast technology. Wilson’s ArcRunner platform has its own tech stack, built on Unity [NYSE: U] is a real time game engine which renders VR environments on the fly.
Scene construction interface in Unity.
Supersphere has made lidar scans of well known venues like Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and the Warfield in San Francisco. The physical lighting grids are replicated exactly in the ArcRunner virtual environment, and can be accessed via industry-standard DMX lighting interfaces.. With this physical-to-virtual interface, physical controls can manipulate lighting plots in the virtual world, allowing lighting teams to see their designs manifest in realtime in VR . Virtual lighting grids can easily be operated by a remote lighting director. Performers like Aoki are captured in a studio against a green screen with high resolution cameras. The performers are then placed into the virtual venue, where visual effects can defy gravity.
“Steve got what we were doing right away,” Supersphere CEO said in an interview. “It was a great way for us to really see how far we could push ArcRunner. This is just the beginning of live performances in virtual worlds.”
"I was floating in the sky amongst these beautiful colored pillars, as if I was DJing inside of a dream," Aoki said in a prepared statement promoting the new show. "It was insane! I broke down the third wall and became a character within my own animated universe. I can't wait to relive this experience and share the fantastical journey with my fans around the world. We're breaking new ground and evolving the future of live performances."
"Ultimately, what we all want is to create a killer show for the fans. It’s got to be fresh, and it’s got to be live,” Wilson said. “ArcRunner allows us to do that, at a price point and production schedule that works for artists and their teams."