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.