Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki, DJ-producer, surfer and now Author

One thing you need to know about Steve Aoki, it’s that the guy is prolific as hell.

He’s a Grammy-nominated DJ-producer; he’s the founder of the music label Dim Mak Records. Also a fashion designer, surfer and philanthropist.

Rumoured to be worth over $30M to $75M dependant on where you read it, however Steve is definitely a rising star in 2019. 

But this year, the 41-year-old polymath leans into another occupation: he’s now a published author.

Titled BLUE: The Color of Noise, Aoki’s new memoir captures a lifetime spent making beats, starting parties and slinging [vegan] cakes into the faces of his fans.

This month also saw the release of “Let It Be Me,” his joint pop-EDM single with the Backstreet Boys

Steve Aoki and the Backstreet Boys

Steve Aoki meets the Backstreet Boys

“We were all on a flight from Vegas to L.A. We landed and I was waiting for my bags [when] they approached me. I was like, ‘Oh damn, it’s the Backstreet Boys!’ I couldn’t believe how nice they were.”

In celebration of his latest endeavours, Aoki rocked a classic BSB shirt and spoke to Rolling Stone about some of the firsts he chronicled in his book: from his first punk show at 14 to the first of his many sold-out concerts and festivals.

On his first live show: “Before I was in a DJ, I was in bands,” says Aoki. “My first live show was in the guitarist’s living room — it was four of our friends, and their parents in the back. I taught them the lyrics to one song, so they could sing along with me when the song came out.”

On the first song, he ever wrote: “I actually played the guitar, I played bass, I played the drums and I sang on a 4-track Tascam recorder. Without that, I wouldn’t have broken down the barrier of entry for me to try to create my own future.”

On taking his first women’s studies class: Aoki graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with B.A. degrees in sociology and feminist studies. “The first course I took was a feminist professor teaching the history and social critique of pornography,” he says. “It was the gateway drug for me to take more courses.”

Steve’s personal idol

Fugazi was performing at the Shrine,”

recalls Aoki.

“Fugazi is one of my favorite bands of all time; it was an incredible show. I was waiting on the side where the band would walk off the stage. Joe [Lally] the bassist walked by and reached for me. He reached out, almost touched my hand… and like a puff of smoke, he was gone.”

On his first sold-out concert: “It was at the Palladium in Los Angeles in 2011. That was a big year for me; I remember doing the Identity festival tour across the United States, and that’s when EDM exploded in America. That’s when I could start doing my own show.

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You can read more about Steve Aoki “Inside The Winning, Spinning World Of Steve Aoki, Music’s $30 Million DJ” HERE

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