Steve Aoki

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Steve Aoki
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Background information
Birth name Steven Hiroyuki Aoki
Born (1977-11-30) November 30, 1977 (age 36)
Miami, Florida,
United States
Origin Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Genres Electro house, dubstep, progressive house
Instruments Turntables, personal computer, CDJ
Years active 1999, 2006–present
Labels Dim Mak Records, Ultra Records, Ministry of Sound Australia
Associated acts Iggy Azalea,, LMFAO, Afrojack, Sidney Samson, Armand Van Helden, R3hab, Redfoo, Travis Barker, Kid Cudi, Lil Jon, Laidback Luke, Bloody Beetroots, Chris Lake, Angger Dimas, Tiesto, Linkin Park, Machine Gun Kelly

Steven Hiroyuki "Steve" Aoki (born November 30, 1977, Miami, Florida) is a Japanese-American electro house musician, record producer, club promoter, and the founder of Dim Mak Records.[1] Known for energetic live shows, in 2012 Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America from tours.[2][3] He has collaborated with producers and vocalist such as, Afrojack, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, and Laidback Luke, and frequently remixes artists such as Kid Cudi.

Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. The first part of his upcoming two-disc album, Neon Future, is due out on September 30, 2014.[4]

Early life, education[edit]

Steven Hiroyuki Aoki was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Newport Beach, California. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1995, where he was a star player on the varsity badminton team. He is the third child of Rocky Aoki and Chizuru Kobayashi.[5] His father was a former Japanese wrestler who also founded the restaurant chain Benihana. He has two older siblings, sister Kana (who is sometimes called by her middle name "Grace"), and brother Kevin (owner of Doraku Sushi restaurant). He also has three half-siblings, all of whom are younger: half-brother Kyle and half-sisters Echo, and Devon, a model and actress. As a child, Steve lived with his grandfather and grandmother, his mother, and his two older siblings.

Aoki attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with 2 BAs; one in Feminist Studies and the other in Sociology. In college, he produced do-it-yourself records and ran underground concerts out of his Biko roos in the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative,[6] which was located in Isla Vista, a section of residential land adjacent to UCSB. As a concert venue, the apartment became known as The Pickle Patch.[7][8] By his early 20s, Aoki had built his own record label, which his named Dim Mak - a reference to his childhood hero, Bruce Lee.[9][10][11] [12]

Music career[edit]


Aoki founded his own label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996. The label has released music by other electro house artists such as MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Cartal and Mustard Pimp, as well as Bloc Party, The Kills, Klaxons, Infected Mushroom, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets.[13]

Aoki is a club promoter and DJ. He has teamed up with Blake Miller of the LA-based band Moving Units to produce remixes. The duo of Miller and Aoki work under the moniker Weird Science. He has also been in numerous bands, including This Machine Kills, which released an album on Ebullition Records, Esperanza, and The Fire Next Time.

In May 2006, Aoki became a board member for MC5 bassist Michael Davis' Music Is Revolution Foundation,[14] a non-profit organization that provides music education support within public schools.[15] Aoki's debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in January 2008.[16] He had an Essential Mix that aired on BBC Radio 1 on August 2, 2008[17] and again on October 27, 2012.[18]

Aoki has collaborated with fellow producers and thus far[when?] has released singles with The Bloody Beetroots, Armand Van Helden of Duck Sauce, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Tai, Chris Lake, Angger Dimas, Sidney Samson, Tiesto. In his interviews, Twitter feed or from his YouTube channel he has shown teasers or has discussed doing future collaborations with Diplo, Knife Party, Datsik, Chris Lake, and more.

He has remixed many artists and bands, including Jackson 5, Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mike Posner, Girls Generation, All American Rejects, Refused, The Killers, Bassnectar, Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, S.P.A., Kid Cudi, Fërnando Oviedo, Chester French and Peaches. He remixed the track "When The Wind Blows" that features on the UK edition of The All-American Rejects' 2008 album When The World Comes Down.[citation needed] On November 10, 2009, Aoki released a remix for Drake's song "Forever". The song features Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. The track made it to the top of Hype Machine's chart in December 2009.[19]


Through relentless touring he gained huge support from colleges. He is widely known for his acrobatic crowd surfing stunts, throwing cake at fans, spraying champagne bottles, and riding rafts on the dance floor.[citation needed] Performing an average of 250 shows a year, he has recently started touring with production via bus tours like the spring 2012 Deadmeat Tour he headlined more than 55 cities in 60 dates across the United States and Canada. Many of the artists Aoki collaborates with make appearances on tour with him.[20] He has played lesser-traveled regions – in 2009 he played a show in Beijing, China with Diplo at a night organised by promoters Split Works.[21] In July 2012, Aoki was added to the Pollstar Top 100 North American Tours in their 2012 Mid Year Report.[3] The list designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America for the first half of the year.[2]

External video
Steve Aoki LIVE at Ultra Music Festival 2013 Weekend 1: Main Stage
Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke ft. Lil Jon - Turbulence

In March 2010 Aoki released "I'm in the House", a collaboration with Zuper Blahq—alter-ego of The Black Eyed Peas singer[22] The song charted at No. 29 in the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release, and later entered the UK Dance Chart and the UK Indie Chart, peaking within the top five in each chart. The song was featured on an Episode of MTV's Jersey Shore, as well as in the feature film Piranha and the trailer for Think Like A Man.[citation needed] Producer-songwriter Lucas Secon confirmed in a May 2010 interview with HitQuarters that he and Rivers Cuomo had recently worked with Aoki on a single.[23]

Aoki's last solo album, Wonderland was released January 2012 and features guest vocalists and musicians LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Kay, Travis Barker, aka Zuper Blahq, Wynter Gordon, Rivers Cuomo, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Lovefoxxx of CSS, Big John Duncan (former guitarist of the punk band The Exploited), and others. A remix album was released shortly after. On December 11, 2012, Aoki released his first EP It's the End of the World As We Know It, which includes three songs.[24] Aoki was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Wonderland at the 2013 55th Annual Grammy Awards.


On October 11, 2013, Aoki collaborated with Linkin Park on the song "A Light That Never Comes"[25][26] that was included on the remix album, Recharged 18 days later.[27] Several remixes of the song were added on the January 2014 digital download EP A Light That Never Comes (Remixes).[28] "A Light That Never Comes" was used in films such as Expendables 3.

From 2011 to 2014 he had a number of other tracks included in television shows, commercials, and film. This included "I'm In the House," used in the music festival documentary Electric Daisy Carnival in 2011, which in 2014 was used in a trailer for the comedy Think Like A Man Too as well. In 2012 his track "Beat Down," featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, was used in a promo for the reality show Bad Girls All-Star Battle. From 2013 to 2014 his track "Boneless" was used in a number of commercials, with companies including Scion, Budweiser, and Sol Republic. His track "Get Me Outta Here" was used in a Scion commercial in 2014 as well, while "Free the Madness" was used in a 2014 Bud Light commercial. His track "Flight" in 2014 was used in a commercial for Sol Republic. Aoki's song "Back To Earth" was used in the 2014 film Step Up: All In, while his collaborative single "Freak" was used in the 2014 film 22 Jump Street.

Aoki finished in 6th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.[29] He has a new two-part album, Neon Future, to be release on Dim Mak Records and Ultra Records. The first part, Neon Future I, is due out on September 30, 2014,[4] while the second has an unspecified release date for early 2015.[30]

Guest appearances[edit]

Aoki has made a number of appearances in the media, notably in video games, television, and music videos. He was featured in the video games NBA 2K8 and NBA 2K9 as a special celebrity player, even though he admits to being terrible at basketball. He makes cameos in the videos for Cobra Starship's 2007 single "Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I'll See You in Hell (Hey Mister DJ)" and The Sounds' single "Tony the Beat". Aoki made a cameo appearance in rapper Kid Cudi's video "Just What I Am".[31]

On January 2012, Steve Aoki released new tracks on in conjunction with SOL REPUBLIC Headphones[32] making him the first established artist to fully orchestrate a listening session using the platform.[33] Aoki appeared in an episode of The CW's new superhero series Arrow on March 20, 2013 at 8 pm EST. He was playing himself, spinning at the grand opening of Oliver Queen's fictional nightclub.[34] He also appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA, an organization he says he's supported since he was 14 years old.[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Selected awards for Steve Aoki
Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2007 Ibiza Awards Steve Aoki Best Set of the Season Won
2008 Billboard Awards Pillowface and His
Airplane Chronicles
Best Mix Album of the Year Won
2012 World Music Awards Steve Aoki World's Best EDM Artist Nominated
2013 Grammy Awards Wonderland Best Dance/Electronica Album Nominated


Studio albums[edit]

Studio albums by Steve Aoki
Year Album title US chart peaks Release details
200 Dnc Ind
2012 Wonderland 59 6 7
  • Released: June 10, 2012
  • Label: Dim Mak, Ultra Music
  • Format: Digital, CD
2014 Neon Future I
  • Released: Sep 30, 2014
  • Label: Dim Mak, Ultra Music
  • Format: Digital, CD
2015 Neon Future II
  • Released: Winter 2015
  • Label: Dim Mak, Ultra Music
  • Format: Digital, CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


EPs by Steve Aoki
Year Album title Release details
2012 It's the End of the
World As We Know It
2014 A Light That Never
Comes (Remixes)

(with Linkin Park)

  • Released: Jan 21, 2014
  • Label: Dim Mak, Warner Bros.
  • Format: Digital Download

Mix albums[edit]

Mix albums by Steve Aoki
Year Album title US chart peaks Release details
200 Dnc Ind
2008 Pillowface and His
Airplane Chronicles
  • Released: Jan 22, 2008
  • Label: Thrive
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Haus of Cards" (as Weird Science) Non-album
2010 "I'm in the House" (ft. Zuper Blahq) 29 3 1 43 40
"BRRRAT!" (with Armand Van Helden)
"Wake Up Call" (with Sidney Samson)
2011 "Tornado" (with Tiësto)
"Turbulence" (with Laidback Luke ft. Lil Jon) 66 37
"No Beef" (with Afrojack ft. Miss Palmer) 25 6 39 55 42 23
"Earthquakey People" (ft. Rivers Cuomo) Wonderland
2012 "Ladi Dadi" (ft. Wynter Gordon) 95
"Livin' My Love" (ft. LMFAO and NERVO) 68
"Beat Down" (with Angger Dimas ft. Iggy Azalea) 44 10 59 59 Wonderland (Remixes)
"Phat Brahms"
(with Angger Dimas, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike)
Single only
"Omega" (ft. Dan Sena & Miss Palmer ) It's the End of the
World As We Know It
2013 "Singularity"
(with Angger Dimas ft. My Name Is Kay)
"Boneless" (with Chris Lake and Tujamo) 44 49 42 Neon Future
"A Light That Never Comes" (with Linkin Park) 34 8 56 21 63 124 8 21 65 Recharged
(with Autoerotique, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike)
Single only
"Flight" (with R3hab)
"Boneless" (with Chris Lake & Tujamo) Single only
"Transcend" (ft. Rune RK)
"Bring You To Life (Transcend)"
(with Rune RK ft. RAS)
2014 "Can't Stop the Swag" (with Coone) Neon Future
"Rage the Night Away" (ft. Waka Flocka Flame)
"Delirious (Boneless)" (with Chris Lake and Tujamo ft. Kid Ink) 99
"Freak" (with Diplo & Deorro and ft. Steve Bays) Single only
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Chart peaks Album
2008 "1967 Poem " (Junkie XL ft. Steve Aoki) Single only
2009 "Warp 1.9" (The Bloody Beetroots ft. Steve Aoki) 23 Romborama
"Warp 7.7" (The Bloody Beetroots ft. Steve Aoki) Clubbers Guide to Spring 2009
"Warp 1977" (The Bloody Beetroots
ft. Steve Aoki and Bobermann)
Christmas Vendetta
Spares of Romborama
2010 "Wake Up Call" (Sidney Samson ft. Steve Aoki) Non-album single
2011 "Misfits" (Travis Barker ft. Steve Aoki) Give the Drummer Some
"We're All No One" (NERVO ft. Afrojack and Steve Aoki) 106 89 Non-album single
"Codebreaker" (Atari Teenage Riot ft. Steve Aoki) Is This Hyperreal?
2013 "Steve French" (Flux Pavilion ft. Steve Aoki) Freeway
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


The following is an incomplete list of songs with official remixes released by Steve Aoki, in alphabetical order by song name:

Further reading[edit]

Interviews and articles

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kid Millionaire. Dim Mak. Retrieved on January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Dance Stars Bring in the Money Stateside". Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Smith, Jay. "Pollstar's Mid-Year Charts & Figures". Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b iTunes: Neon Future I
  5. ^ Aoki family tree from NY mag Retrieved on July 9, 2008
  6. ^
  7. ^ Pickle Patch Compilation |. (January 13, 2008). Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
  8. ^ Daily Nexus 2008[dead link]
  9. ^ Steve Aoki profile
  10. ^ The DNA Life: Steve Aoki and Dim Mak
  11. ^ Interview: Steve Aoki (November 2012)
  12. ^ Dim Mak: About
  13. ^ "Steve Aoki Bio, Music, News & Shows". Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Meet the Board". Music Is Revolution Foundation. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Manifesto". Music Is Revolution Foundation. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ Steve Aoki's debut mix album profile Retrieved on July 9, 2008
  17. ^
  18. ^ BBC Radio 1 – BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix, Steve Aoki. (October 27, 2012). Retrieved on 2013-08-25.
  19. ^ Twitter / Steve Aoki: Just finished my remix for. (November 10, 2009). Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
  20. ^ "Steve Aoki Tour Reviews". showscoop. 
  21. ^ [1] (http). (2009). Retrieved on 2012-15-08
  22. ^ iTunes - Music - I'm In the House (feat. Zuper Blahq) - Single by Steve Aoki
  23. ^ "Interview With Lucas Secon". HitQuarters. May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Album Review: Steve Aoki – It’s the End of the World As We Know It EP". Consequence of Sound. 21 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "A Light That Never Comes (Feat. Steve Aoki)". Xbox Music. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  26. ^ "Hear Linkin Park and Steve Aoki's 'A Light That Never Comes' on Facebook | SPIN | Newswire". SPIN. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  27. ^ "Linkin Park post info about LP Recharge and upcoming album". Facebook. Linkin Park. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES (Remixes) EP" Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  29. ^
  30. ^ Steve Aoki Announces “Neon Future” Release Dates, Madison Square Garden Live Date
  31. ^ Depland, Michael (November 7, 2012). "New Video: Kid Cudi Featuring King Chip, 'Just What I Am' (NSFW)". MTV Music. MTV Networks. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Steve Aoki Drops Two New Tracks in SOL REPUBLIC's Room...LIVE". SOL Republic. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Steve Aoki Unveils New Music Using". hypebot. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  34. ^ Benanti, Sam. "Steve Aoki to make 'Arrow' Cameo". Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  35. ^ Kayla Newcomer,"EDM Superstar Steve Aoiki Raves About Animal Rights," Global Animal Foundation, June 27, 2014.

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