Steve Aoki

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Steve Aoki
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Aoki in 2014
Background information
Birth name Steven Hiroyuki Aoki

(1977-{{padleft:11|2|0}-30) November 30, 1977 (age 40)
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, U.S.

[[Newport Beach, California Flag of California.svg

]], U.S.
  • Musician
  • record producer
  • DJ
  • music executive
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts

American producer Steve Aoki is also a DJ and 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 & 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 & His Airplane Chronicles is fairly representative of Aoki's renown as a tastemaking dance party DJ rather than a skillful turntablist. Wonderland 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 Further high-profile artists' material was also reworked 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 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 Tiësto. Recharged In 2012 he released his first EP, It's the End of the World as We Know It. More collaborations followed in 2013, with Aoki reworking a Linkin Park track for the group's remix album Recharged. The resulting "A Light That Never Comes" was released as a single alongside several more remixes. In 2014 he announced details of a forthcoming album titled Neon Future. Marketed as a two-part record, the first installment arrived later in the year with Fall Out Boy,, and Waka Flocka Flame among its guests. Neon Future, Vol. 2 followed in 2015 with guest appearances from Rivers Cuomo, Snoop Dogg, and J.J. Abrams. In 2016 Aoki collaborated with One Direction's Louis Tomlinson on the single "Just Hold On," which debuted at number two on the U.K. singles chart and just outside the Top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Aoki's fourth effort arrived in the summer of 2017. Kolony featured appearances by trap rappers Migos and Lil Yachty ("Night Call"), Gucci Mane ("Lit"), Lil Uzi Vert ("Been Balling"), and 2 Chainz ("Without You").


Main article: [[:Steve Aoki discography]]

Studio Albums

Wonderland (2012)

  1. Earthquakey People (featuring Rivers Cuomo)
  2. Ladi Dadi (featuring Wynter Gordon)
  3. Dangerous (featuring Zuper Blahq)
  4. Come With Me (Deadmeat) (featuring Polina)
  5. Emergency (featuring Lil Jon and Chiddy Bang)
  6. Livin' My Love (featuring LMFAO and Nervo)
  7. Control Freak (featuring Blaqstarr and My Name Is Kay)
  8. Steve Jobs (featuring Angger Dimas)
  9. Heartbreaker (featuring Lovefoxxx)
  10. Cudi the Kid (featuring Kid Cudi and Travis Barker)
  11. Ooh (featuring Rob Roy)
  12. The Kids Will Have Their Say (with former members of The Exploited and Die Kreuzen) (featuring Sick Boy)
  13. Earthquakey People (The Sequel) (featuring Rivers Cuomo)
    Bonus tracks
  14. Turbulence (with Laidback Luke) (featuring Lil Jon)
  15. No Beef (with Afrojack) (featuring Miss Palmer)
  16. Misfits (with Travis Barker)
  17. Beat Down (with Angger Dimas) (featuring Iggy Azalea)

Neon Future I (2014)

Neon Future I
Neon Future I
  1. Transcendence (Intro) (featuring Ray Kurzweil)
  2. Neon Future (featuring Luke Steele)
  3. Back to Earth (featuring Fall Out Boy)
  4. Born to Get Wild (featuring
  5. Rage the Night Away (featuring Waka Flocka Flame)
  6. Delirious (Boneless) (with Chris Lake and Tujamo) (featuring Kid Ink)
  7. Free the Madness (featuring Machine Gun Kelly)
  8. Afroki (with Afrojack) (featuring Bonnie McKee)
  9. Get Me Outta Here (featuring Flux Pavilion)
  10. Beyond Boundaries (Outro) (featuring Aubrey De Grey)

Neon Future II (2015)

Neon Future II
Neon Future II
  1. Time Capsule (Intro)
  2. I Love It When You Cry (Moxoki) (with Moxie Raia)
  3. Youth Dem (Turn Up) (featuring Snoop Lion)
  4. Hysteria (featuring Matthew Koma)
  5. Darker Than Blood (featuring Linkin Park)
  6. Lightning Strikes (with Nervo and Tony Junior)
  7. Tars (Interlude) (featuring Kip Thorne)
  8. Home We'll Go (Take My Hand) (with Walk off the Earth)
  9. Heaven On Earth (featuring Sherry St. Germain)
  10. Holding Up the World (featuring Linda Harrison and Albin Myers)
  11. Light Years (featuring Rivers Cuomo)
  12. Warp Speed (Outro) (featuring J.J. Abrams)

Steve Aoki Presents Kolony (2017)

Steve Aoki Presents Kolony
Steve Aoki Presents Kolony

Songs on Compilations and Soundtracks

Songs Featuring Steve Aoki

  1. A Light that Never Comes by Linkin Park

Other Songs

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  1. What We Started
  2. Beat Down
  3. Singularity
  4. Back 2 U
  5. Can't Go Home
  6. The Power Of Now
  7. Just Hold On
  8. Freak
  9. I'm In The House
  10. New Noise
  11. Night Call
  12. Warp 1.9
  13. We're All No One



DJ Mix

Essential Mix (27/10/12) 2012

Appears On

  1. She Loves Everybody E.P. 2008 • EP • Chester French
  2. Warp 2009 • Single • The Bloody Beetroots
  3. Romborama 2009 • Album • The Bloody Beetroots
  4. The Sound of Dubstep: Over 40 Tracks of Massive Bass, Breaks & Beats 2010 • DJ Mix • [unknown artist]
  5. NOW: Thats What I Call Open Format 2012 • DJ Mix • SmithAgentSmith
  6. Until Now 2012 • DJ Mix • Swedish House Mafia
  7. [ Irreverence 2013 • Album • Dirtyphonics
  8. Recharged (remixes) 2013 • Album • Linkin Park
  9. Random White Dude Be Everywhere 2014 • Compilation • Diplo
  10. The Angry Birds Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2016 • Album • Various Artists
  11. Bright: The Album 2017 • Album • Various Artists
  12. Give the Drummer Some2011 • Album • Travis Barker


  1. Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles 2008
  2. Wonderland Remixed (remixes) 2012

V/A Compilation

  1. December 2009 Chrysalis Music Singles Sampler 2009
  2. triple J Hottest 100 Volume 17 2010
  3. Now Dance 2010
  4. Jersey Shore Soundtrack 2010
  5. Heartbeats 2011
  6. NRJ Extravadance 2012
  7. De Maxx Long Player 28: The Deep Edition 2013
  8. Ministry of Sound: The Annual 2015 2014
  9. VELD Music Festival 2016: Official Soundtrack 2016
  10. Ghost in the Shell (Music Inspired by the Motion Picture) 2017
  11. Now That's What I Call Music! 96 2017

Bootleg / Unauthorized

Appears on: Unreleased 2016 • Lil Uzi Vert

Awards and nominations

Aoki has won and been nominated for a number of industry awards, both in annual competitions and in magazine rankings. In 2007, he was named Best Party Rocker DJ by BPM Magazine, Best DJ of the Year by Paper Magazine, and Best Set of the Season at the [Ibiza|Ibiza Awards]. Several years later, in 2012, he was named #15 in the Top 100 DJs in DJ Magazine, and was named America's #2 Best DJ. Also in 2012, he won an EDM Effect [Woodie Awards|Woodie Award] by MTVu, and the following year he was nominated for his first Grammy.<ref>KHAL. "The 2013 Best Dance/Electronica Album Grammy Nominees". Retrieved 17 February 2017. </ref>

Aoki finished in 6th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition conducted by DJ Times magazine, and finished in 8th place in 2013 & 2016 and 10th place in 2014, 2015 And 2017 for DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs competition. In 2014, Aoki was awarded two Guinness World Records, one for the "longest crowd cheer," and also for the "most amount of glow sticks for thirty seconds."<ref name="Rokelleotraeled">Aoki performed at the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami Beach on May 21st.

Selected awards for Steve Aoki
Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2007 DJ 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
2015 MTV Awards|MTV Latin America Steve Aoki Chiuku Award Won


Year Release title Type Role
2013 Arrow – "The Huntress Returns" Television episode Himself (fictionalized version)
2014 The Distortion of Sound Documentary Himself
2015 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Feature documentary Main subject<ref name="sdeadline"/>
The Hive Feature horror film Executive producer,<ref name="tnerdish"/> soundtrack creator<ref name="youtubesleepdead"/>
Robot Chicken – "Zeb and Kevin Erotic Hot Tub Canvas" Television episode Himself (voice)<ref>"Steve Aoki To Appear On Popular TV Show". April 18, 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2017. </ref>
Point Break] Action film Himself (cameo)
2016 Hell's Kitchen] – "6 Chefs Compete" Television episode Himself (dining room guest)
[\ Why Him?] Feature film Himself
2017 Charming] Animated film Voice
Bill Nye Saves the World Talk show Himself