Steve Aoki is not a strange name for EDM fans. However, few would expect that in proportion to today’s bustling present day, Steve Aoki’s childhood experienced a “fierce” childhood.
Steve Aoki’s full name is Steven Hiroyuki Aoki. As a genuine Japanese but was born in the US, in fact, Steve’s background is not of the “common sense”. Specifically, his father is Rocky Aoki – former wrestler and founder of the famous Benihana restaurant chain. In addition, Steve is also a half brother from the beautiful mother with beautiful beauty of Fast & Furious 2 – Devon Aoki. However, that does not mean that the artist guy was born and raised in velvet. In his memoir Blue: The Color of Noise, Steve shared his intricate childhood.
“Up to 96% of the population is white in Newport Beach – where I was born and raised. If you belong to a minority in an area, there will be a lot of insensitivity, racism and discrimination that happen to you. Both adults and children, they are all like that. I always wondered if things would be different if I grew up in Irvine, California – where there is an Asian community every 15 minutes. I was not raised in a friendly community. For a long time, I lost my way. I became hated myself, had trouble trying to fit in without knowing that I could never fit in because I wasn’t white and didn’t really know who I was. “
Not only that, even in his family, Steve and his father also have “unhappy relationships” with each other. It was not until later when he was more mature that he shared that he was more mature enough to look back on that problem. “I realized that he just wanted us to stand on our own two feet.” According to him, this is the best way for all children to learn how to “bear themselves on the shoulders of their world one day”.
Over the years of trying, gradually, Steve Aoki has also made his personal impression at celebrity parties and major festivals around the world. However, this also gives the male artist the first trouble of his career: insatiable spending. “Although our work has grown steadily, in fact, my expenditure is always greater than the revenue,” he said. As a result, this DJ once had a credit card debt of up to $ 100,000. “I didn’t know how to manage money,” the male artist admitted. Fortunately, it was also the last time he spent profligate before turning around in time. Thanks to hard work, his life now is much easier than before.
At the moment, Steve Aoki has become one of the most famous male DJs in the world. Since 2013, he has consistently reached the top male DJ artist “swordfish” of the year with the night always full of audience. His talents are quickly appreciated by professionals through personal products; including the 2013 Grammy-nominated Wonderland album. This also opened him up to collaborate with more famous artists around the world. Diplo, Drake, Backstreet Boys, Eminem or BTS are some of the special singers he has worked with.