"My life is movement," he told AOL Entertainment at the ASICS I Move Me campaign launch at Public Hotels recently. "Everything we do is based on that fluidity. Music is all about connecting with people, but in order to connect with people you have to move with people. One of my favorite things to do in life -- and I can't see the train stopping anytime soon -- is touring. When I do over 200 shows a year around the world, it can be daunting. But I love it."
"The spirit of that movement is in my DNA," Aoki continued. "I'm not the kind of guy who puts his feet up on the table to chill and watch TV while eating a bag of chips. That's not me -- I can't do that. I need to constantly have action, mobility and movement."
It's true. Even on his days off, Aoki -- who works out every single day -- doesn't sit still. During a recent day off following a radio show in Maui, for example, instead of kicking it by the pool, the "Just Hold On" hitmaker connected with a professional surfer and spent the day learning about foil surfing. During another day off in Las Vegas, Aoki went skydiving off of a helicopter above The Strip.
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Steve Aoki hosts ASICS 'Jump Room' In NYC To Celebrate I Move Me Brand Launch on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for ASICS)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Steve Aoki Hosts ASICS Boot Camp on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for ASICS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Steve Aoki attends Spotify's inaugural Secret Genius Awards at Vibiana Cathedral on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Musician Steve Aoki (L) and Boxer Alicia Napoleon host ASICS Boot Camp on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for ASICS)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 24: Steve Aoki attends Michael Jackson Scream Album Halloween Takeover at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on October 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for SONY Music)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: The Fat Jew and Steve Aoki attend the VH1 Save The Music 20th Anniversary #TurnItUpTo20 Gala at SIR Stage37 on October 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: DJ Khaled and DJ Steve Aoki attend VH1 Save The Music 20th Anniversary Gala at SIR Stage37 on October 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for VH1 Save The Music )
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Thursday, October 5 included Jeff Bridges ('Only The Brave'), Isla Fisher ('Marge in Charge) and musical guest Steve Aoki featuring Gucci Mane. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images)
STEVE AOKI FEATURING GUCCI MANE, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Steve Aoki arrives for the premiere of new music from Steve Aoki For STRONG By Zumba at Exchange LA on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Musician Steve Aoki speaks during : Creating KOLONY with Steve Aoki at Apple Store Williamsburg on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: DJ Steve Aoki performs on the runway at the Kolony Album Release Event & Dim Mak SS18 Collection at Build Studio on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: DJ Steve Aoki attends Kolony Album Release Event & Dim Mak SS18 Collection - VIP Reception at Build Studio on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Steve Aoki visits at SiriusXM Studios on June 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Steve Aoki attends the Glamour Women of The Year awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Musician Steve Aoki does a photo shoot in Soho on June 26, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Steve Aoki attends the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 05: Steve Aoki performs during JMBLYA at Fair Park on May 5, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Steve Aoki arrives to Linkin Park's Music For Relief - Charity Poker Tournament at Taglyan Cultural Complex on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/WireImage)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - APRIL 11: Steve Aoki attends the 2017 PTTOW! Summit: Love & Courage at Terranea Resort on April 11, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for PTTOW!)
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"When I have a day off, I'm thinking, 'What bucket list item can I fulfill?,'" he said with a knowing grin.
And it's in those experiences that the DJ finds inspiration for his work. Aoki calls himself a "walking sampler" and documents things wherever he goes -- whether that means taking photos, audio samples or notes, he's always looking for something new to spark his imagination and further his creative output.
"I realized that my creative outlet isn't just one linear idea," he explained. "Going into the studio is one, but so is going out and building a fashion collection with a brand like ASICS. There are so many different ways to find your output, so I just follow my intuition and feelings."
"All of the fleeting moments that pass you by, those are the things that are the blueprints of your next product," he continued. "If you don't take notice of that, it'll just go away. It's like a dream."
It's Aoki's itch for fashion that really seems to be on his mind these days. He says that fashion has "always been my blood" and, though he's partnered with athletic brands in the past, it's his new partnership with ASICS that has him truly amped.
"ASICS wanted to give me a voice," he said of his involvement in its I Move Me campaign. "It wasn't just about a name or a face. I wanted to add so much to the fashion sensibility, and working out on a daily basis is something I already do every day and promote on social media. I was already going in that direction, and ASICS wanted to give me the infrastructure to just do me. It was perfect."
It was with that that our time with Aoki had come to an end. He had just flown in from Los Angeles after a performance, taken a helicopter to Manhattan and a SUV to the launch breakfast on the Lower East Side. During our sit-down conversation, Aoki had requested a cappuccino from a nearby waiter.
To go or to stay? You already know the answer to that one.