Skip to main content

EDM's @steveaoki on His Success, Drug Influence & Being Inspired by His Late Father, Rocky Aoki‏ / @kingsthings

EDM's Steve Aoki on His Success, Drug Influence & Being Inspired by His Late Father, Rocky Aoki‏ 


EDM producer and artist, Steve Aoki, sat down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series  “Larry King Now” to talk about the multi-billion dollar Electronic Dance Music industry, growing up the son of Benihana-founder Rocky Aoki and how he broke barriers to become one of the top DJs in the world.

The “Forbes” list DJ discussed the influence Las Vegas has had on EDM culture and explained to Larry why Sin City's hotel owners continue to throw down the big bucks for DJ's to perform. “Vegas is definitely the city that has the money to pay the biggest DJs in the world to keep coming back on a consistent basis. So there’s no other city like that in the world that has that kind of income to generate… People that are sitting at the table buying 50 bottles of Cristal and Dom Pérignon, celebrating whatever they’re celebrating with whatever money that they got, seeing the DJ they want to see,” Aoki explained. (clip below)

He also addressed the stereotype of EDM, telling Larry that drug use is rampant at any large music gathering not just EDM and dance music festivals “it’s important that there’s education, there’s awareness […] a lot of people think, “Oh yeah, if everyone’s doing it, then it should be fine,” but they don’t realize that people do die, people do overdose, people—I mean, it’s more dangerous than what people think. (clip below)

When asked about caking someone in the crowd during a show Aoki told Larry, “Two years later, my show evolved, and I was, ‘okay, we’ve got to do something new’. So I introduced the idea of caking someone in the face to the show.”

Steve Aoki also chatted about the influence his late father Hiroaki Aoki, the founder of the Benihana chain of restaurants, had on his career and why he hopes to one day raise his kids like his father raised him. The “Neon Future I” artist concluded his interview with a game called ‘If You Only Knew’ where we found out about his most embarrassing moment and his love for pop boy band One Direction. (clip below)

The episode is now LIVE on Ora.tv and Hulu.com (episodes premiere daily 5pm EST)



Clips:

Steve Aoki discusses the influence Las Vegas has had on EDM culture & why Sin City's hotel owners continue to throw down the big bucks for DJ's to perform.
Steve Aoki says that drug use is rampant at any large music gathering not just EDM and dance music festivals.
Steve Aoki chats about the influence his late father Hiroaki Aoki, the founder of the Benihana chain of restaurants, had on his career & why he hopes to one day raise his kids like his father raised him.  

Quotes:

“Even from day one to where I am at now, the most important thing is how you connect with the audience. Because you have to, I mean, you’re having this conversation. You’re playing music.”
“Well the music is speaking, that’s how I see it.” -- Aoki on having a conversation with the audience
“It’s how you get everyone interacting with your music. And if you’re able to keep their focus and attention on what you’re doing. That’s- to me, is what, really, if you can really engage the audience, and make them remember your show, I feel like that makes a good DJ.”

“It’s important that there’s education, there’s awareness. Since there’s a lot of young people there, there needs to be more awareness on what it means, you know, what can happen. Because a lot of people think, ‘Oh yeah, if everyone’s doing it, it should be fine’ but then they don’t realize, that people do die, people do overdose- I mean, it’s more dangerous than people think.” -- Aoki on people doing drugs at his shows
“It led me, it shaped me to become who I am- that’s for sure.” -- Aoki on growing up as a minority in Newport Beach, CA
“I know that if he knew that if he treated his kids with any sort of privilege, that they wouldn’t be able to understand how to find their way out of situations.” -- Aoki on his father never helping him financially
“That’s exactly how I want to raise my children when I have them. Because if you have that lap of luxury, and you don’t understand how to deal with situations on your own, you’re never going to truly grow.”
“I decided to become vegan, you know, my father’s running a steakhouse and I was into animal rights, and I was a punk, and I went into women’s studies- you know I graduated with women’s studies, it’s something he would never understand. He’s a patriarch in many ways, did a lot of things in many ways that it did not make sense to follow in those footsteps.” -- Aoki on not following in his father’s footsteps
“I don’t think about the money when I’m doing what I’m doing. That’s one thing that I don’t want to ever lose.”


Comments

Most Popular Post

Mouthwatering Food and Drink Trends at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo // .@gfwe

Mouthwatering Food and Drink Trends to Keep an Eye Out For The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is back, celebrating its 23rd year

The world is coming to Toronto this November, as beer drinkers, food lovers, and wine connoisseurs come together to experience the best in each industry, at Canada’s biggest food and drink event.
“As creators of this fantastic show, we’re always on the lookout for the best new bites and beverages from across the world,” says Melanie Klie, Sales and Event Manager of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. “This year is all about those delectable cheeses, craft beer and homebrews, roses and sparkling toast, and innovative new whiskys. 
Running from November 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Toronto staple will be back with more than 1,500 wines, beers, spirits and gourmet foods to experience. Journey around the globe with cooking pros, talk one-on-one with industry experts and taste the newest dishes, drinks and foodie trends everyone is raving about. Che…

.@adidasoriginals Originals by wings+horns FW17 / #adidasoriginals

adidas Originals by wings+horns FW17

Man Missing the top half of his Head Appears in a Mugshot

This is inmate #100087196, also known as Carlos Rodriquez, who was recently charged with Prostitution/Solicit another to commit. The mugshot which can still be found at miami.whosarrested.com/inmates/214613-carlos-rodriguez, a database of Florida arrests, has being stirring up allot of controversy because of the fact that the pictures look like a fake. It looks as if the picture is real, as we found a previous arrest mugshot that show Rodriquez with a beard. The police report, posted on the Miami New Times website, shows that cops wrote “half a head” in the form’s “unique physical features” box, after the man was arrested for trying to purchase “street slang for vaginal” for $80 from an undercover detective. Rodriquez has been arrested many times during his young 25 years of life for disorderly intoxication, solicitation of a prostitute, possession of weed, and burglary. "Can u really blame a man who has half a brain"

True Religion Launches The Great Revolt Capsule // .@TRUERELIGION

True Religion Launches The Great Revolt CapsuleTrue Religion launches The Great Revolt Capsule, a limited-edition military-inspired streetwear collection today on their website.  True Religion will host 3 concurrent exclusive global launch events for this collection in Hong Kong (10/16), London (10/18) and New York City (10/20). The world-wide celebration will conclude with a 2-day consumer-driven pop up in SoHo (10/21-10/23)
The 30-piece unisex collection balances a refined street aesthetic with militaristic uniformity. Armed with a lineup of limited edition wares including an oversized parka, reversible Sherpa jacket, and a wide leg cargo pant, the collection uses tactical design elements, such as muted color palettes, exaggerated pocket details, and raw edge hems to deliver a modern spin on conventional utilitarian. Prices range from $89 - $499 and will be available on True Religion's website from 10/16 until it sells out (http://www.truereligion.com/military.html)








True Religion …

.@adidas Originals | Winter AF 1.3 PK & AF 1.4 PK | Launch Pack

adidas Originals | Winter AF 1.3 PK & AF 1.4 PK | Launch Pack
 Inspired by the unpredictable weather conditions of winter, adidas Originals introduces two new silhouettes this season designed to stand up to whatever the colder season has to offer, without sacrificing visual effect.
 First up is the AF 1.3 PK, a high-top silhouette inspired by Germany’s elite tactical police unit, the GSG 9. The shoe blends modern aesthetics with a range of technical elements to create a striking silhouette with practical considerations. The shoe’s full Primeknit upper is structured by coated overlays for waterproofing, reinforced by a weather-resistant lining for protection against the elements. This is strengthened further by an insulation sock-liner and full-length lacing system, finished with embroidered 3-stripes marks and essential branding details. This is then placed atop a rugged hiking outsole for a perfect heavy-duty look.
 Accompanying the high-top iteration, the AF 1.4 PK translates th…

The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century

We lost a great man yesterday to Brain Cancer, "Gord Downie" lead singer of The Tragically Hip, for all our international followers, he was like a John Lennon...
This was one of the many songs I use to listen to growing up "Ahead By A Century", I will share more of his work in the next coming days... 
- TONY-
WE MISS YOU GORD YOU WERE A STAPLE....

Rap Season presents MAJID JORDAN + SPECIAL GUEST at REBEL #TORONTO

Rap Season presents MAJID JORDAN With Special Guests Wednesday April 4th, 2018
REBEL
All-ages
Doors open: 8 p.m General Admission Tickets $34.50* and are available at ticketmaster.ca
Rap Season pre-sale available Wednesday October 18th at 12 p.m. until Thursday October 19th at 10 p.m.
Tickets for April 4th will go on sale to the public on Friday October 20th at 10 a.m Rap Season is proud to present Majid Jordan, at an all-ages event at REBEL on Wednesday April 4th. Majid Jordan is a Canadian R&B duo composed of Majid Al Maskati, 25, and Jordan Ullman, 21. In 2011, the Bahrain-born Majid met the Canadian-born Jordan while attending the University of Toronto. Bonding over a mutual passion for music, they started recording under the name GOOD People, releasing the afterhours mix tape.  Their chemistry yielded a powerful dynamic, with Jordan handling instrumentation and production and Majid assuming mic duties. Producer Noah “40” Shebib heard their music on Soundcloud in 2013 and invited them …

Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood's .@LyricaAnderson Album "Adia"

Exclusive Jewellery Event by Anne Sportun Fine Jewellery

YSL Beauty opens its first pop-up shop in Canada / Yves Saint Laurent

POP-UP SHOP TORONTO
THE BRAND’S FIRST EVER FREESTANDING SHOP IN CANADA
On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, YSL Beauty opens the doors of its very first pop-up shop in Toronto. The 1100-square-foot shop is housed in Square One shopping center until December 31st, right in time for the festive season.
YSL Beauty is breaking new ground with the opening of its first boutique in Canada with a mission to recruit millennials and immerse them in a young, edgy and luxurious world. With a storewide assortment of over 400 units, the pop-up shop includes a focus on YSL’s best-selling franchises within lips, face and fragrances, including the recently launched Tatouage Couture and Teint Encre de Peau All Hours.
A two-month beauty temple. The pop-up will let the Canadian beauty girls and boys experience one of the hottest brands of the moment. They will have exclusive first access to the latest limited editions, create their own personalized lip wardrobe, enjoy free makeup consultations, enjoy always-…