Ever heard of a DJ with Guinness World Records? No? The “longest crowd cheer” and “the most glow-sticks lit simultaneously” at a single performance!? The “most traveled musician in one year”? Rings a bell? Yes, you guessed it right! It’s the stunning electro house DJ, Steve Aoki.
Steve Aoki is a 40-year-old famous record producer, music executive, DJ and a musician specializing in electro house genre currently residing in America. Many of his studio albums have received top positions at Billboard charts including ‘Wonderland’ which was included in the nominations of 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Apart from being a music enthusiast, he is also an activist and the founder of Steve Aoki Charitable Fund which donates towards global humanitarian relief organizations. He has collaborated with many known artists such as Iggy Azalea, BTS, Louis Tomlinson, Fall Out Boys and more.
Want to know more about this rocking DJ? Intrigued to know more about his cake-throwing, inflatable-riding, Aoki Jump-ing personality? Then keep on reading to understand more about this multi-talented DJ, his father who is his hero and idol, his mother who, as he says, is his heart, his journey to fame, his many achievements and his net worth as of 2019.
Biography & Wiki
|Real Name/Full Name||Steven Hiroyuki Aoki|
|Age||41 years, Born on 30 November 1977|
|Net Worth||$100 Million|
|Source of Wealth||American electro house musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive|
Steve Aoki, whose actual name is Steve Hiroyuki Aoki, was born on the 30th of November, 1977. He was born in Miami, Florida but soon his family shifted, and he spent his younger years in Newport Beach, California. He is the third child of Chizuru Kobayashi and Hiroaki Aoki, both of whom are Japanese. Steve’s father was a famed American wrestler who went by the name of Rocky Aoki. Not just a wrestler, his father even founded and owned the famous restaurant chain named Benihana.
He has a brother named Kevin and a sister named Kana also known by most as Grace. He also has a step sister named Devon Aoki who is an American actress and a model. When he was in his teenage years, he attended the Newport Harbor High School.
After finishing high school, he went to participate in University of California, Santa Barbara and interestingly graduated in both feminist studies and sociology. His interest in music peaked when he was in college where he produced do-it-yourself records. He was also active as a student activist at his university.
Steve Aoki Personal Life: Affair, Girlfriend, Married, Wife, Children & Family
Steve was so immersed in music when he attended the University that he turned his room in Isla Vista in an underground concert hub which became famous as ‘The Pickle Patch.’ In 20s Steve Aoki was successful in creating his record label called Dim Mak which was a reference to Bruce Lee, Steve’s favorite childhood hero and ideal! After gaining success, Steve bought a home in Las Vegas and is currently residing there. The Grammy-nominated DJ tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Tiernan Cowling in 2015, The couple have been engaged since 2010.
1996 was the beginning of Steve Aoki’s first ever record label ‘Dim Mak Records.’ Many artists, like The Bloody Beetroots, Bloc Party, Felix Cartal, Mystery Jets, etc., have been associated with this record label. Steve and Blake Miller, a member of the band ‘Moving Units,’ collaborated to produce many remixes under the name ‘Weird Science’. Steve Aoki himself has been a part of many bands including Esperanza, The Fire Next Time, and This Machine Kills.
His constant touring around the world made him a huge star among college going people since he is quite a stuntman in his concerts. He has a record average of performing 250 shows a year. In 2012, Steve released his first solo album named ‘Wonderland’ which had pieces from vocalists like Kid Cudi, Travis Baker, will.i.am Lil Jon, etc. In December of the same year, Steve’s first EP came out which was titled ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It.’ In 2013, he collaborated for the song named ‘A Light That Never Comes‘ with Linkin Park. The song was even used in the film Expendables 3.
He created many tracks from 2011 to 2014 which got utilized in various adverts, movies, and TV shows thus making Steve Aoki a widely known artist. His song with Fall Out Boys named ‘Back to Earth’ was featured on ‘Step Up: All In’ (2014) and his single with Diplo titled ‘Freak’ came up in ’22 Jump Street’ (2014). He also released a two-part album in the year 2014 and 2015. The first part was titled Neon Future I and the second one, of course, Neon Future II. The album included his works with artists like Snoop Lion and Rivers Cuomo. It reached top ten and top hundred on the charts of many countries including the US. His fourth studio album, which is titled ‘Steve Aoki Presents Kolony’ came out on the 27th of July, 2017. Recently his new album named ‘5OKI‘ was also announced and the tracks were released over March and April 2018.
Awards and Achievements:
Steve Aoki has been nominated quite a few times for many distinguished awards and has won several of them over time. Some of them include: DJ Awards- Best Set of the Season (2007), Billboard Awards- Best Mix Album of the Year, for ‘Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles (2008)’ and the MTV Latin America- Chiuku Award (2015).
Steve Aoki Salary, Net Worth & Earning
As of 2019, The total estimated net worth of Steve Aoki is a humungous $100 million. He was ranked as the highest paid DJ of 2018 by Forbes magazine making $28 million in 2018. The fortune that he has collected over time has been the result of his persistent production of new albums with fresh songs every time. His taste in music has clicked quite nicely with our generation which has benefitted his ratings greatly. Also, his regular world tours and concerts have raised his demands and thus his earnings considerably.
Hailed as the most sought after man on the EDM scene, Steve Aoki is known for his ruthless working hours, averaging on 200 shows in a year! That’s not all. He rakes in big bucks from his lucrative endorsement deals with renowned brands, like T-Mobile, ANA and Luc Belaire.
5 FUN FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT STEVE AOKI
High grossing DJ, mysterious video game character, Grammy-nominated producer, restaurant owner. Steve Aoki wears many hats. His name is one that’s synonymous with today’s EDM wave. However, you have got all the mainstream news about this famous record producer. Now, do you want to dive further into some interesting facts about Steve? Here we bring you some fun facts regarding the American DJ:
• Steve Aoki is also a famous YouTube personality and has collaborated with many YouTubers in the past.
• He was once ranked among the top 250 chess players in the world. He begins playing the mind game when he was only 4.
• He has his clothing line called ‘The Dim Mak Collection.’
• Steve has also played himself on one of the episodes of the famous TV Series ‘Arrow.’
• He learned DJing from DJ AM and was first asked to perform as one in a nightclub in the year 2004.
Steve Aoki has emerged spontaneously as one of the most renowned DJ, and record producer in the states and now his albums are spreading globally. Steve has proven himself to be deserving of all the fame with his consistent deliverance of great music.