Everyone’s favorite cake-throwing DJ was inducted to the Asian Hall of Fame this week. Looking at his legacy, talent, and philanthropy as an artist, Steve Aoki is one of ten inductees who were honored by this global organization. He is among scientists, artists, and performers in this years class of inductees. Established in 2004, The Asian Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the world’s shining stars of Asian par excellence, as well as promote inter-racial equity.
Steve Aoki was born in 1997 in Miami, Florida, and was raised in Newport Beach, California. He is of Japanese descent. His father was the founder of the famous restaurant chain Benihana. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Aoki founded his own record label, Dim Mak, in 1996.
The name Dim Mak is a reference to his childhood hero and fellow hall of fame inductee, Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee famously died on the set of his film Enter the Dragon. Some people believe that the Dim Mak (Death Touch) he simulated on film was what led to his untimely death.
From his sheltered beginnings in sunny Southern California, Steve Aoki has had a ripping career working with everyone in the game. He has gone on to headline festivals and top global charts. Furthermore, Aoki was also one of the first Asians to achieve global recognition in Electronic Music.
He established the Aoki Foundation Charity, an organization that funds research on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. Some studies suggest that music can actually be a big player in helping with neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, the foundation supports disaster relief, developmental issues, and animal rights.
Steve Aoki is no where near finished. Beyond his induction to the Asian Hall of Fame, you can expect continued future works from this global phenomenon. For instance, he recently released a new track with Armin Van Buuren. And is currently on a North American tour. Obviously, we are looking forward to what he will bring us next.