Steve Aoki is an American DJ, record producer, music executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for global humanitarian relief organizations. Aoki is best known for his wild, energetic performances and his signature style of electro-house music. He has released six studio albums, collaborated with numerous artists, and been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Aoki was born in Miami and raised in Newport Beach, California. His father, Hiroaki Aoki, founded the Benihana restaurant chain. Steve Aoki was a DJ at local clubs in Los Angeles before signing a record deal with Dim Mak Records in 1996. He began releasing his own music in 1998, and his first album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in 2004.
Aoki has since become one of the most successful and recognizable DJs in the world. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, Kiiara, and will.i.am. He has released chart-topping singles such as “Boneless” and “I'm in the House,” as well as remixes of songs by artists like Lady Gaga and Lil Jon.
Aoki is also known for his wild, energetic performances, often involving crowd surfing, cake throwing, and champagne showers. He has been called the “Madman of EDM” and the “King of Partying.” He has performed at some of the biggest music festivals in the world, including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Tomorrowland.
As well as his music career, Aoki is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded his own record label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996. He has also launched several businesses, including Dim Mak Fashions, a clothing line, and Dim Mak Collection, a furniture line.
In 2012, Aoki founded the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for global humanitarian relief organizations. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has won several awards from the International Dance Music Awards.