Steve Aoki is the kind of guy you want to chill with. Not only is he one of the world’s hottest DJ’s, he’s got his hand in several side projects including his own clothing line, Dim Mak, and the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund. He’s a total renaissance man.
Lucky for you, Steve will be slinging beats at this year’s Dusk Music Festival where you can watch him in all his glory. We rounded up some of our favorite Aoki facts to fuel your fandom.
Steve has a trademark jump. At this point he’s done over 580 #aokijumps all around the world and often with interesting people. You can follow the fun on Instagram. He also enjoys throwing cakes in people’s faces. If you are attending the Dusk Music Festival this year, you may be lucky enough to get a slice of the action.
The DJ has been collaborating with Linkin Park for years. In fact, Steve has expressed that lead singer, Chester Bennington is his favorite singer of all time. Steve recently sat down with the UK’s The Sun to talk about how he plays Linkin Park songs in all of his sets as a way to cope with Bennington’s recent death.
Steve Shared, “What we did together was so beautiful. I want to share that even more now. I’m so proud of doing something with, to me, one of the greatest singers of all time. He’s my favourite singer. The crowd are singing every word, in the moment, it’s amazing.”
Steve’s father, Rocky Aoki started the teppanyaki chain, Benihana (yes, that Benihana). His brother, Kevin is also a well respected chef. Kevin runs Doraku in Atlanta and Aoki in Miami. The Aoki Group manages several other restaurants and the rest of the Aoki family is hella interesting as well.
This is the best bromance out there. Phelps has given Aoki (some) credit for winning all of those gold medals. The swimmer listens to Aoki and other artists before a race as a way to get pumped up. But this duo’s relationship goes well beyond the pool. The two have gone white water rafting together and Steve even taught Phelps to spin.
Steve considers Lee a childhood hero and has seen every one of his films on VHS. As a kid, Aoki took karate lessons and saw Bruce Lee as an Asian man who “made it,” which inspired him to pursue his own fame. Steve has applied many of Lee’s most famous quotes like “Be like water” to his own life philosophy and his music.
“Music isn’t just something that you listen to, and especially at shows, you’re experiencing all your senses.”- Steve Aoki
For tickets to the show visit: https://dkmf.co/DUSKTickets