Ipse dixi:t: "What qualities of your music or your performances separate you from the rest of the DJs out there?
I sing on a few tracks and I do some vocals when I’m performing live, so that’s really a different element altogether. Also, I play punk songs in my set, and that in itself is already completely different; it breaks the formula of your ordinary DJ. The punk songs I’m playing are actually from my band. During my DJ sets I perform the songs, like I sing over the songs live, and some people hate that because it’s like rapid-fire beats underneath screaming hardcore. "(from interview by Taryn Haight)
Ipse dixit: "............ I wasn’t a DJ but, in hardcore bands because that was part of my era, my background "
Ipse dixit: ".........Absorb Life. Embrace your passion. Wield it and you will learn to love yourself. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Steven Hiroyuki Aoki (born November 30, 1977)
( American electro house musician, Grammy nominated record producer and founder of Dim Mak Records)
He is widely known for his acrobatic crowd surfing stunts, throwing cake at fans, spraying champagne bottles, and riding rafts on the dance floor. 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. 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, 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. By his early 20s, Aoki had built his own record label, which he named Dim Mak. It is speculated this is in reference to the alleged cause of death of his childhood hero, Bruce Lee but may also be a reference to a 1970's comic book martial arts phenomenon known as Count Dante. He has also been in numerous bands, including This Machine Kills, which released an album on Ebullition Records, Esperanza, and The Fire Next Time.
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, Infected Mushroom, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets 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.
In May 2006, Aoki became a board member for MC5 bassist Michael Davis' Music Is Revolution Foundation a non-profit organization that provides music education support within public schools.
Aoki's debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in January 2008. He had an Essential Mix that aired on BBC Radio 1 on August 2, 2008 10 and again on October 27, 2012.
Aoki's latest solo album, Wonderland was released January 2012 and features guest vocalists and musicians LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Kay, Travis Barker, will.i.am 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. He was nominated for a Grammy for the Best Dance Album category for "Wonderland".
Aoki has 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 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.
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 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 He has played lesser-travelled regions – in 2009 he played a show in Beijing, China with Diplo at a night organised by promoters Split Works
In March 2010 Aoki released "I'm in the House", a collaboration with Zuper Blahq—alter-ego of The Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am. The song charted at No. 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.
In July 2012, Aoki was added to the Pollstar Top 100 North American Tours in their 2012 Mid Year Report. The list designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America for the first half of the year.
On December 11, 2012, Aoki released his first EP It's the End of the World As We Know It, including three songs.
The Dim Mak Collection clothing line was launched in 2006 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. 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. In 2013 Aoki's headphones came out in the SOL Republic website for the public to purchase. 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.
He co-owns a management company called DECKSTAR with his manager Lawrence Vavra, Matt Colon and Paul Rosenberg. (The late DJ AM was also a co-founder.) 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. 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. (source wikipedia)
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 Turntable.fm in conjunction with SOL REPUBLIC Headphones making him the first established artist to fully orchestrate a listening session using the platform
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.
Aoki makes a cameo appearance in rapper Kid Cudi's video "Just What I Am".
Michael Jackson – "Dancin' Machine" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Autoerotique – "Gladiator" (Steve Aoki x DJ AM Remix)
NASA – "Gifted" (featuring Kanye West, Lykke Li and Santigold) (Steve Aoki Remix)
Chris Cornell – "Part of Me" (featuring Timbaland) (Steve Aoki Remix)
Chester French – "She Loves Everybody" (Steve Aoki Remix)
The Killers – "Spaceman" (Steve Aoki & The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
Fact – "Rise" (Steve Aoki Remix)
All American Rejects – "The Wind Blows" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Good Charlotte – "Misery" (Steve Aoki Remix)
S.P.A. – "Pets Dance" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Lenny Kravitz – "Dancin' Til Dawn" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Robin Thicke – "Magic" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Duran Duran – "Skin Divers" (featuring Timbaland) (Steve Aoki Remix)
Drake – "Forever" (featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem) (Steve Aoki Remix)
Weezer – "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Kid Cudi – "Pursuit of Happiness" (featuring MGMT and Ratatat) (Steve Aoki Remix)
Klaxons – "Echoes" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Bassnectar - "Red Step" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Girls' Generation – "MR. TAXI" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Mike Posner - "She Looks Like Sex" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Lady Gaga - "Government Hooker" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Psycho White - "Push Em" (Steve Aoki & Travis Barker Remix)
Tiga - "What You Need" (Steve Aoki Remix)
Army of the Universe - "Kill the F* DJ" (Steve Aoki Remix)
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)
Steve Aoki is a DJ and also the founder of Dim Mak Records, which has counted leading indie rock bands such as Gossip, Bloc Party, the Kills and the Rakes among its stable of signees. The son of wealthy restauranteur Rocky Aoki, he is of Japanese heritage and calls Los Angeles home. In 2007 he released his first official mix CD, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles, on Thrive Records. Featuring tracks by Justice, Klaxons, Mystery Jets, Peaches, Datarock, Yelle, Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Scanners -- most of them remixed -- Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles is fairly representative of Aoki's renown as a tastemaking dance-party DJ rather than a skillful turntablist.
In 2009 his remix work brought rapper Drake’s single “Forever” to the dancefloor, while 2010 saw him release the "I'm in the House" single with Zuper Blahq, alter ego of Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am. Further high-profile artists’ material was also re-worked by Aoki during this period, with tracks by Michael Jackson, the Killers and Lenny Kravitz all benefiting; while collaborations with like-minded producers such as Armand van Helden and the Bloody Beetroots continued to appear on Dim Mak. By the end of 2011, the early fruits of sessions for his debut artist album Wonderland had materialized as the singles “Earthquakey People” - a collaboration with Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo - and “Tornado”, on which Aoki combined forces with the multi-award winning Tiesto. (by Jason Birchmeier)
Video - Steve Aoki Live @ Brazil
Video - Steve Aok & Linking Park " A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES "
Video - Steve Aoki @ Lollapalooza Chile