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Tomorrowland
Provinciaal Recreatiedomein De Schorre, Boom
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Steve Aoki is a world renowned, electro house artist, Grammy nominated producer and the founder of Dim Mak Records. He's also known for his trademark acrobatic stage stunts, his overtly hyperactive stage presence, throwing cake at fan's, spraying champagne bottles and even riding rafts on the dance floor.

Widely regarded as one of the shining lights of EDM, Steve Aoki is a hugely loved trend setter, as adept at throwing a party as he is DJing and producing. He can regularly be found DJing at the biggest festivals on the planet, including Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, GlobalGathering and Creamfields.

It all began in Miami, Florida, where Aoki was born in 1977. He grew up though though up in Newport Beach, California, graduating from Newport Harbor High School in 1995, where he was also a star player in the school's badminton team.

Steve's dad was a former Japanese wrestler who also founded the huge tappenyaki restaurant chain Benihana. He has two older siblings, sister Kana (who is sometimes called by her middle name "Grace"), and brother Kevin (owner of Doraku Sushi restaurant). He also has three half-siblings, all of whom are younger: half-brother Kyle and half-sisters Echo, and Devon, a model and actress.

As a child, Steve lived with his grandfather and grandmother, his mother, and his two older siblings. Aoki attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with 2 BAs; one in Feminist Studies and the other in Sociology. In college, he produced do-it-yourself records and ran underground concerts in the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative, which was located in Isla Vista, a section of residential land adjacent to UCSB. As a concert venue, the apartment became known as The Pickle Patch.

By his early 20s, Aoki had built his own record label - the now notorious Dim Mak. It is speculated this is in reference to the alleged cause of death of his childhood hero, Bruce Lee, but may also be a reference to a 1970's comic book martial arts phenomenon known as Count Dante. He has also been in numerous bands, including This Machine Kills, which released an album on Ebullition Records, Esperanza, and The Fire Next Time.

The Dim Mak label has released music by a wide range of electro house artists such as MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Cartal and Mustard Pimp, as well as by Klaxons, Infected Mushroom, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets. As a club promoter and DJ, Aoki has teamed up with Blake Miller of the LA-based band Moving Units to produce remixes under the moniker Weird Science.

Aoki's debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in January 2008, which was soon followed by his first Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 on August 2, 2008. Following on from its resounding success, Aoki was again asked to curate the Essential Mix on October 27, 2012.

Aoki's latest solo album 'Wonderland' was released January 2012 and featured a stunning roster of guest vocalists and musicians such as LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Kay, Travis Barker, will.i.am aka Zuper Blahq, Wynter Gordon, Rivers Cuomo, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Lovefoxxx of CSS, Big John Duncan (former guitarist of the punk band The Exploited), and others. Wonderland was later nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance Album category.

Aoki has been busy in the studio collaborating with other fellow producer friends and thus far has released singles with The Bloody Beetroots, Armand Van Helden of Duck Sauce, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Tai, Sidney Samson, Tiesto. In his interviews, Twitter feed or from his YouTube channel, he has shown teasers or has discussed doing future collaborations with Diplo, Knife Party, Datsik, Chris Lake, Rune, Iggy Azalea, Angger Dimas, and Dirtyphonics.

He has remixed many artists and bands, including Jackson 5, Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mike Posner, Girls Generation, All American Rejects, Refused, The Killers, Bassnectar, Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, S.P.A., Kid Cudi, Fërnando Oviedo, Chester French and Peaches.

He remixed the track "When The Wind Blows" that features on the UK edition of The All-American Rejects' 2008 album When The World Comes Down.

On November 10, 2009 Aoki released a remix for Drake's song "Forever". The song features Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. The track made it to the top of Hype Machine's chart in December 2009.

Aoki performs an average of 250 shows a year and has recently started touring with production via bus tours like the spring 2012 Deadmeat Tour, where he headlined more than 55 cities in 60 dates across the United States and Canada. Many of the artists Aoki collaborates with make appearances on tour with him. He has played lesser-travelled regions – in 2009 he played a show in Beijing, China with Diplo at a night organised by promoters Split Works.

Producer-songwriter Lucas Secon confirmed in a May 2010 interview with HitQuarters that he and Rivers Cuomo had recently worked with Aoki on a single.

Aoki finished in 6th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ. He finished 8th in DJ Mag's top 100 in 2013, up 7 places from last year.

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Biography

Steve Aoki is a world renowned, electro house artist, Grammy nominated producer and the founder of Dim Mak Records. He's also known for his trademark acrobatic stage stunts, his overtly hyperactive stage presence, throwing cake at fan's, spraying champagne bottles and even riding rafts on the dance floor.

Widely regarded as one of the shining lights of EDM, Steve Aoki is a hugely loved trend setter, as adept at throwing a party as he is DJing and producing. He can regularly be found DJing at the biggest festivals on the planet, including Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, GlobalGathering and Creamfields.

It all began in Miami, Florida, where Aoki was born in 1977. He grew up though though up in Newport Beach, California, graduating from Newport Harbor High School in 1995, where he was also a star player in the school's badminton team.

Steve's dad was a former Japanese wrestler who also founded the huge tappenyaki restaurant chain Benihana. He has two older siblings, sister Kana (who is sometimes called by her middle name "Grace"), and brother Kevin (owner of Doraku Sushi restaurant). He also has three half-siblings, all of whom are younger: half-brother Kyle and half-sisters Echo, and Devon, a model and actress.

As a child, Steve lived with his grandfather and grandmother, his mother, and his two older siblings. Aoki attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with 2 BAs; one in Feminist Studies and the other in Sociology. In college, he produced do-it-yourself records and ran underground concerts in the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative, which was located in Isla Vista, a section of residential land adjacent to UCSB. As a concert venue, the apartment became known as The Pickle Patch.

By his early 20s, Aoki had built his own record label - the now notorious Dim Mak. It is speculated this is in reference to the alleged cause of death of his childhood hero, Bruce Lee, but may also be a reference to a 1970's comic book martial arts phenomenon known as Count Dante. He has also been in numerous bands, including This Machine Kills, which released an album on Ebullition Records, Esperanza, and The Fire Next Time.

The Dim Mak label has released music by a wide range of electro house artists such as MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Cartal and Mustard Pimp, as well as by Klaxons, Infected Mushroom, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets. As a club promoter and DJ, Aoki has teamed up with Blake Miller of the LA-based band Moving Units to produce remixes under the moniker Weird Science.

Aoki's debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles was released in January 2008, which was soon followed by his first Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 on August 2, 2008. Following on from its resounding success, Aoki was again asked to curate the Essential Mix on October 27, 2012.

Aoki's latest solo album 'Wonderland' was released January 2012 and featured a stunning roster of guest vocalists and musicians such as LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Kay, Travis Barker, will.i.am aka Zuper Blahq, Wynter Gordon, Rivers Cuomo, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Lovefoxxx of CSS, Big John Duncan (former guitarist of the punk band The Exploited), and others. Wonderland was later nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance Album category.

Aoki has been busy in the studio collaborating with other fellow producer friends and thus far has released singles with The Bloody Beetroots, Armand Van Helden of Duck Sauce, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Tai, Sidney Samson, Tiesto. In his interviews, Twitter feed or from his YouTube channel, he has shown teasers or has discussed doing future collaborations with Diplo, Knife Party, Datsik, Chris Lake, Rune, Iggy Azalea, Angger Dimas, and Dirtyphonics.

He has remixed many artists and bands, including Jackson 5, Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mike Posner, Girls Generation, All American Rejects, Refused, The Killers, Bassnectar, Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, S.P.A., Kid Cudi, Fërnando Oviedo, Chester French and Peaches.

He remixed the track "When The Wind Blows" that features on the UK edition of The All-American Rejects' 2008 album When The World Comes Down.

On November 10, 2009 Aoki released a remix for Drake's song "Forever". The song features Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. The track made it to the top of Hype Machine's chart in December 2009.

Aoki performs an average of 250 shows a year and has recently started touring with production via bus tours like the spring 2012 Deadmeat Tour, where he headlined more than 55 cities in 60 dates across the United States and Canada. Many of the artists Aoki collaborates with make appearances on tour with him. He has played lesser-travelled regions – in 2009 he played a show in Beijing, China with Diplo at a night organised by promoters Split Works.

Producer-songwriter Lucas Secon confirmed in a May 2010 interview with HitQuarters that he and Rivers Cuomo had recently worked with Aoki on a single.

Aoki finished in 6th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ. He finished 8th in DJ Mag's top 100 in 2013, up 7 places from last year.

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