Steve Aoki

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Steve Aoki
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Steve Aoki playing a set at the HiFi Nightclub in Calgary, Canada.
Background information
Birth nameSteve Hiroyuki Aoki
Also known asSteve Aoki
Born (1977-11-30) November 30, 1977 (age 41)
Miami, Florida
OriginNewport Beach, California,
United States
GenresElectro house, Electronic
LabelsDim Mak Records, Ministry of Sound Australia, Deckstar

Steve Hiroyuki Aoki (born November 30, 1977) is an American electro house musician, record producer and the founder of Dim Mak Records.[1]


Steve Hiroyuki Aoki was born in Miami and grew up in Newport Beach, California. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1995; he was a star player on the varsity badminton team. He is the third child of Rocky Aoki and Chizuru Kobayashi.[2] His father was a former Japanese Olympic 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, the supermodel and actress. As a child, Steve lived with his grandfather,[citation needed] his mother, and his two older siblings.

Aoki attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with two B.A.s; one in Women's Studies and the other in Sociology. In college, he produced do-it-yourself records and ran underground concerts out of his Biko room in the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative, 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.[3][4] By his early 20s, Aoki had built his own record label, which he named Dim Mak after his childhood hero, Bruce Lee.[5] He has also been in numerous bands, including This Machine Kills, which released an album on Ebullition Records, Esperanza, and The Fire Next Time.

Musical career

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 by Klaxons, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets. Aoki is also a club promoter and DJ. He has also 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.

In May 2006, Aoki became a board member for MC5 bassist Michael Davis' Music Is Revolution Foundation,[6] a non-profit organization that provides music education support within public schools.[7]

Aoki's debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in January 2008.[8] He also had an Essential Mix that aired on BBC Radio 1 on August 2, 2008.10

Aoki's latest solo album, "Wonderland" was released January 2012 and features guest vocalists and musicians LMFAO, Kid Cudi, 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.

Aoki has also been busy in the studio collaborating with other fellow producer friends and thus far has released singles with The Bloody Beetroots, Armand Van Helden of Duck Sauce, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Tai, 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, Rune, Iggy Azalea, Angger Dimas, and Dirtyphonics.

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.

On November 10, 2009 he 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.[9]

Through relentless touring he gained huge support from colleges. 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 over 55 cities in 60 dates across the United States and Canada.

In March 2010 Aoki released "I'm In The House", a collaboration with Zuper Blahq—alter-ego of The Black Eyed Peas singer The song charted at #29 in the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release.

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.[10]

In July 2012, Aoki was added to the Pollstar Top 100 North American Tours in their 2012 Mid Year Report.[11] The list designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America for the first half of the year.[12]

Business ventures

The Dim Mak Collection[13] clothing line was launched in 2006.[14] A new fashion range designed by Steve and his sister Devon Aoki will be coming out in the future.

In 2007, Aoki and friend Greger, the owner of WeSC, came up with the idea together to do the "Aoki headphones." They used different shades of green, because that was Aoki's favorite color at the time.[15] Each season for 3 years, Aoki designed new headphones for WeSC. He is currently working closely with Sol Republic and is a founding partner in the headphone company. Aoki also is endorsed by Supra Footwear, where he has helped develop and design shoes under his name.

Following somewhat in his father's footsteps, Aoki is a co-owner in two restaurants in Los Angeles and one in New York City. Eveleigh on Sunset Boulevard & Kitchen 24 on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The Little Ruby's on Orchard St in New York City opened in spring 2012.

He co-owns a management company called DECKSTAR.[16] with DJ AM along with their manager Lawrence Vavra, Matt Colon and Paul Rosenberg. The roster boasts artists such as Blink 182, Holy Ghost!, Infected Mushroom, and Rancid.

He has co-founded and is now developing a website that attracts college students to sell, buy, share books, rent rooms, post events called PILLOWFACE.[17] It's function is similar to Craiglist but that it targets and is exclusively for college students. When he went on his Dead Meat Tour across the United States and Canada in January through March 2012 he was promoting the website to all the colleges across the country.

In November 2009, Aoki created his own magazine titled "Aoki" through a celebrity magazine publishing company called MYMAG.[18]

Guest appearances

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".

On January 2012, Steve Aoki released new tracks on in conjunction with SOL REPUBLIC Headphones[19] making him the first established artist to fully orchestrate a listening session using the platform.[20]


Studio albums

Title Album details

Mix albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles
  • Released: January 22, 2008
  • Label: Thrive
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"I'm in the House"
(featuring Zuper Blahq)
2010 29 3 1 43 40 #willpower
(with Laidback Luke featuring Lil Jon)
2011 66 37 Wonderland
"No Beef"
(with Afrojack featuring Miss Palmer)
25 6 39 55 42 23
"Livin' My Love"
(featuring LMFAO and NERVO)
2012 68

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"We're All No One"
(NERVO featuring Afrojack and Steve Aoki)
2011 106 89 Non-album single

Promotional singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Wake Up Call"
(with Sidney Samson)
2010 Non-album single
"Earthquakey People"
(featuring Rivers Cuomo)
2011 Wonderland
(with Tiësto)
"Ladi Dadi"
(featuring Wynter Gordon)
"Cudi the Kid"
(featuring Kid Cudi and Travis Barker)


Weird Science production

Steve Aoki and Blake Miller's production group




  • Best DJ of the Year – Paper Magazine (2007)
  • Best Set of the Season – Ibiza Awards (2007)
  • Best Party Rocker DJ – BPM Magazine (2007)
  • Best Mix Album of the Year – Billboard (2008)


  1. ^ Kid Millionaire. Dim Mak. Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
  2. ^ Aoki family tree from NY mag Retrieved on July 9, 2008
  3. ^ Pickle Patch Compilation |. (2008-01-13). Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Steve Aoki profile.
  6. ^ "Meet the Board". Music Is Revolution Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  7. ^ "The Manifesto". Music Is Revolution Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  8. ^ Steve Aoki's debut mix album profile Retrieved on July 9, 2008
  9. ^ a b Twitter / Steve Aoki: Just finished my remix for. (2009-11-10). Retrieved on 2012-01-07.
  10. ^ "Interview With Lucas Secon". HitQuarters. May 17, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  11. ^ Smith, Jay. "Pollstar's Mid-Year Charts & Figures". Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Dance Stars Bring in the Money Stateside". Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  13. ^ Dim Mak Collection
  14. ^ Official Dim Mak Collection website
  15. ^ DJ Steve Aoki headphones
  16. ^ DECKSTAR
  18. ^ MYMAG
  19. ^ "Steve Aoki Drops Two New Tracks in SOL REPUBLIC's Room...LIVE". SOL Republic. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  20. ^ "Steve Aoki Unveils New Music Using". hypebot. Retrieved January 11, 2012.

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