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Steve Aoki is a well-traveled individual and yes, he’s known to throw a cake or three during his live performances. But that doesn’t necessarily qualify him as a human Yelp when it comes to finding a good piece of cake in the city.

“I don’t know. I don’t know all the bakers here,” the DJ told me when I jokingly asked him if he could recommend a spot. Aoki chatted with me in his green room ahead of performing downtown as a part of the BUILD Series, a live set that was also streamed on Yahoo Music. “I get the cake delivered to the stage.”

No, Aoki isn’t running to bakeries across the globe picking up cakes. But that doesn’t mean the whole “caking” process is one that he takes lightly; there’s a six-page tour rider specifically for the confection. And in 2015, Aoki said that he would limit throwing cakes in people’s faces to his headlining shows as opposed to festivals due to shoulder strain.

He did make an exception this past March at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and it was quite the toss.

Perhaps the California-native felt a little stronger this past year after clearing parts of his massive touring schedule to work on his new album, “Kolony.” The album marks a departure for Aoki as he changes his process to focus more on the vocalist and less on his music, thus Kolony’s full-fledged venture in to hip-hop.

“I’m not necessarily trying to make EDM records that hip-hop artists can fit on but just make great songs that really give the lead to the vocalist,” he explained. “I’m influenced by everything. When I’m (in New York), I listen to a lot of hip-hop. When I’m traveling overseas I listen to a lot of music from those countries where I go.”

Aoki’s goal was to work “in the now” and throw out the rule book so that first and foremost, he could change the game for himself. Staying present forced the producer at times to meet an artist in their studio or invite one to his, although inevitably some of the collaborations occurred remotely. However in one instance, Aoki reached back in to the vault and dusted off an unreleased acapella.

“With Mase, I mean I had that acapella for years,” Aoki revealed while talking about the track “$4,000,000.” “I’ve been working on that song for years. Luckily, I had ‘Kolony’ to give me a deadline.”

Now that it’s out, the DJ will hit the road, or rather the air again. Aoki spends most of the next month touring Europe, save a quick stop to Kazakhstan. It’ll be his first time performing in the Central Asian country.

Hopefully, somebody knows a good baker in town.

Louis Tomlinson is the latest One Direction bandmate to release music during the 1D-hiatus, but the single has resonated on a different level with the ever-passionate One Direction fandom.

The 24 year-old teamed up with DJ/producer Steve Aoki for the song, “Just Hold On.” Tomlinson offered an emotional performance of the track on “The X-Factor” in the UK following the death of his mother Johannah Deakin, who passed after a battle with Leukemia on December 7. The appearance was booked prior to her passing.

Photo: instagram.com/louist91/

Photo: instagram.com/louist91/

Now, similar to what “Directioners” attempted with the songs “No Control” and “Home,” fans are mobilizing online and lobbying radio stations to spin the single. The difference is that in addition to raising chart positions, the group is hoping to raise awareness for a handful of charities near to both Tomlinson and Aoki’s hearts.

“It just seems like a tribute,” said Lexi Preddie, one of the fans in the U.S. behind the movement. She is managing the Twitter account “@ProjectJHoldOn” which is keeping others informed on the latest news and figures regarding the track. “The things that (Tomlinson) sings in the song, it sounds like things (his mom) had said to the fans.

“She almost felt like a mother-figure to us, because she just was always spreading positivity.”

Now the fandom is spreading the word on the song, hoping in the process to shine a light on Eden Dora Trust, Believe In Magic, Leukemia Awareness/Bloodwise and The Aoki Foundation.

On Tuesday, Johannah’s husband Dan took to her Twitter account to send one final message to the fans.

“She wanted to thank you all, and to let you know that you have been amazing right from the start,” he relayed. “You changed Louis’ life, but also her life. Your support now is as strong if not stronger than ever.”

On WBRE’s “PA Live!” for this week’s “The Ralphie Report,” I talked about gold medalist Gabby Douglas, DJ Steve Aoki, and JWoww’s engagement.

Steve Aoki is using his platform as one of the world’s biggest DJs for a greater cause: to help get out the vote. But while Aoki did travel to the Republican National Convention to spread this message, he pulls no punches as to who he’d like people to vote for in this year’s presidential election.

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“I want to make sure that Obama gets re-elected,” Aoki said. “I have a strong feeling that a lot of people that are in college or younger voters feel the same way.”

The record producer cited President Obama’s views on pro-choice and stem cell research as two reasons behind his thought process – then trailed off the hot topic trail.

“You can’t even really imagine Mitt Romney supporting dance music,” he told me.

Did someone say, “New campaign slogan?”

Aoki should receive so much more love on the radio, the guy is sick.