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Steve Aoki talks about his career and criticism in latest interview

While he has had his fair share of critics, Steve Aoki has undoubtedly stood out as an artist of our times. It is unfair to regard him as an artist who is associated only with his iconic on-stage “gimmicks” and high-end party lifestyle. Aoki, who has made the grade as a DJ, adept producer, an ultimate entertainer and an entrepreneur, has assuredly also made it to the high echelons of the Dance music industry. Kicking off his rise with classics such as his remix for Kid Cudi’s ‘Pursuit of Happiness‘ and ‘Boneless‘ with Chris Lake and Tujamo, Aoki has come a long way today as he collaborates with global artists such as K-Pop group BTS and former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson.

With such feathers in his hat, it was admittedly sordid to watch Steve Aoki defend his act during his latest interview with DJMag. In the interview, Aoki was seen defending his crowds and fans:

“They’re not coming to get caked…. All the people that say ‘you’re a joke, you’re a clown, you’re a monkey or whatever’…it’s like, bring it on, it doesn’t affect my shows or my crowds. I’m a crowd pleaser. I’m not going to be Radiohead and not play ‘Creep’. I’m going to give them what they want.”

Regarding his own career in light of this criticism, the American DJ said:

“I’ve gone so long in my career to even care if people take me seriously or not. I’ve been so fortunate that I can build my career on the most important thing as a DJ, my music.”

Aoki has brushed all criticism aside and has chosen to do what he does best: produce music. And with latest collaborations, such as with Carnage, and achievements such as being wax-modeled at the Madame Tussauds in LA, it seems worth noting that Steve Aoki does ‘walk the talk’.

Check out the full interview on DJMag here.



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