Love him or hate him, Steve Aoki has always been a controversial figure in dance music – whether it’s for being accused of pre-recording his DJ sets to his infamous cake-throwing antics at the end of his shows, Aoki is a man who constantly finds himself in the spotlight. This time, it is for all the right reasons, as he is giving us a first-hand account of his road to success. Dance music fans are always looking for ways to follow their favorite DJs behind the scenes, to develop a deeper understanding of what motivated them to start producing music, and what continues to drive them all these years later, and Steve does exactly that on this occasion. His Netflix original documentary entitled Steve Aoki: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is set to be released from August 19 on the popular online streaming platform.
The documentary itself gives Steve’s first-hand account of what is was like growing up in the shadow of his father, and the man who became the driving force behind his passion: Rocky Aoki – daredevil showman, Benihana founder, and Steve’s looming father figure. One thing for sure is that Aoki fans, and dance music fans alike, will enjoy the insights into the industry, life on tour, and what its like to run a record label as seen through the eyes of one of dance music’s most successful artists. Be sure to watch the preview below, featuring interviews with Diplo, Travis Barker, and Aoki himself, and stay tuned for more info when the official documentary is released next month.