Steve Aoki is among the nominees for the 55th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Other nominees include:
Best folk album — Yo-yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile for “The Goat Rodeo Sessions.”
Best regional roots album — Keola Beamer for “Malama Ko Aloha” (KeepYour Love) and Weldon Kekauoha for “Pilialoha.”
Best world music album — Daniel Ho for “On a Gentle Island Breeze.”
Best comedy album — Margaret Cho for “Cho Dependent (Live in Concert).”
For the complete list of nominees, go to www.grammy.com.
About Steve Aoki
DJ/producer Aoki founded his own label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996. The label has released music by other electro house artists such as Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, Aoki’s own collaboration with Tiesto, MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Cartal and Mustard Pimp, as well as by Bloc Party, Battles, The Kills, The Gossip, Klaxons, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets. The label has released over 250 records so far.
Aoki’s debut mix album, “Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles,” was released in January 2008. He also had an Essential Mix that aired on BBC Radio 1 in August 2008.
“Wonderland,” his latest solo album, was released last January and features guest vocalists and musicians LMFAO, Kid Cudi, Travis Barker, Will.I.AM aka Zuper Blahq, Wynter Gordon, Rivers Cuomo, Lil Jon, Chiddy Bang, Lovefoxxx of CSS, Big John, former guitarist of the punk band The Exploited, and others.
Busy in the studio collaborating with fellow producer friends, Aoki has released singles with The Bloody Beetroots, Armand Van Helden of Duck Sauce, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Tai, Sidney Samson, and Tiesto. In his interviews, Twitter feed or from his YouTube channel, he has shown teasers or has discussed doing future collaborations with Diplo, Knife Party, Datsik, Chris Lake, Rune, Iggy Azalea, Angger Dimas, and Dirtyphonics.
He has remixed many artists and bands, including Jackson 5, Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Mike Posner, Girls Generation, All American Rejects, Refused, The Killers, Bassnectar, Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, S.P.A., Kid Cudi, Chester French and Peaches.
Through relentless touring, he gained huge support from colleges. Performing an average of 250 shows a year, he has recently started touring with production via bus tours like the spring 2012 Deadmeat Tour, which he headlined over 55 cities in 60 dates across the U.S. and Canada.
In March 2010, Aoki released “I’m in the House,” a collaboration with Zuper Blahq —alter-ego of The Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am. The song charted at No. 29 on the U.K. Singles Chart in its first week of release.
In May 2006, Aoki became a board member for MC5 bassist Michael Davis’ Music Is Revolution Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides music education support within public schools.
Born in Miami in 1977 and raised in Newport Beach, he is a son of the late Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana, and half-brother of model and actress Devon Aoki. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and sociology.
On the Web: http://steveaoki.com