Steve Aoki was born on November 30, 1977. He is a prominent D.J., record executive, music programmer, and record producer. In 2012, “Pollstar,” a trade publication for the concert and live music industry, named Aoki the highest-grossing artist in the electronic dance music genre. Starting his career in the university dorm, he has gone on to become one of the most famous D.J.s in the world. He has also released a range of music in collaboration with several notable artists, including will.i.am, Linkin Park, Backstreet Boys, Iggy Azalea, and B.T.S. Let’s celebrate his special day together, shall we?
Steven Hiroyuki Aoki was born on November 30, 1977, in Miami, Florida. He was brought up in Newport Beach, California. His mother’s name is Chizuru Kobayashi, and his father is Hiroaki Aoki, who worked as a restaurateur and wrestler. He is the youngest of three siblings and has a brother named Kevin and a sister named Kana.
Aoki pursued his early education at Newport Harbor High School. He graduated from the institution in 1995. He was then enrolled at the Santa Barbara’s University of California, where he pursued two bachelor of art degrees, one in sociology and the other in feminist studies. It was during this period that he began getting involved in music. He organized underground concerts in his room while also producing D.I.Y. records.
In 1996, when he was just 19, Aoki started his own record label, Dim Mak Records. With it, he worked with several artists in the electro house genre. He then started producing remixes, in collaboration with Blake Miller, a member of the L.A.-based band Moving Units. The two created music under the stage name Weird Science.
Thereafter, Aoki began touring around the U.S., performing in about 250 shows a year, which brought him recognition and support from fans across the world. In 2010, he released the track ‘I’m in the House,’ in collaboration with Zuper Blahq (popularly known as will.i.am). The song became a chart-burster and propelled Aoki’s career to new heights.
Steve Aoki sets up his record label, producing and releasing music by electro-house artists.
Aoki gains widespread popularity by embarking on country-wide tours and releasing chart-bursting singles.
“Wonderland,” Aoki’s debut solo album, is released.
Aoki lands his first of many collaborations with the American band Linkin Park, on the track ‘A Light That Never Comes.’
“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” a documentary about Aoki’s life, debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Why We Love Steve Aoki
His many accomplishments
Throughout his career, Steve Aoki has received several awards for his work. He is a proud recipient of D.J. Awards, M.T.V. Latin America, and Billboard Awards. Furthermore, he has been nominated for the World Music Awards and the Grammy Awards.
He gives back to society
Aoki is the founder of a charity, the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund. The organization raises money for medical research and international humanitarian relief. In 2015, the artist became the global ambassador of a non-profit called Best Buddies, which aims to train young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
His body of work is inspiring
Aoki works extremely hard, as hinted by the title of the documentary about his life (“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”). As a result of his hard work and love for music, he has created a wide range of music over the years, thereby building an impressive catalog.
5 Surprising Facts
His father founded Benihana
Steve Aoki’s father, Hiroaki Aoki, founded Benihana, an American restaurant company based in New York.
He was a student activist
Aoki was an activist in his college days, setting up a Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist League on campus.
His childhood hero
Aoki loved and revered Bruce Lee, his childhood hero.
Dim Mak Records
Aoki named his record label and subsequent fashion brand Dim Mak as a nod to Bruce Lee's signature fight move: the touch of death.
He’s brilliant at chess
He began playing at age four and was once ranked among the top 250 chess players in the world.
Steve Aoki FAQs
Is Steve Aoki Japanese?
Yes, Aoki is of Japanese descent.
Does Steve Aoki have a wife?
Aoki was married to Tiernan Cowling for five years, from 2010 to 2015, but the two are no longer together.
Are Devon Aoki and Steve Aoki related?
Devon, an American actress, and fashion model, is Aoki’s half-sister.
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