Jump on Netflix and check out the new documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and you’ll get an informative lesson about Steve Aoki’s musical roots. Today he’s known as one of the world’s biggest (and hardest-working) DJs, but he earned his stripes in the biz by launching his Dim Mak label in LA in 1996, which focused on punk, hardcore and indie rock bands.
“That was a great thing about the film [for me], because maybe people haven’t looked that far back in the past. That’s a point in time when social media didn’t exist like it does now and we didn’t all have a camera to document something,” Aoki says. “I was really happy I got to share that. Why I do what I do has a lot to do with where I came from.”
Later, the movie documents how Aoki rediscovered himself through electronic music, and how the legendary DJ AM served as his mentor in the booth.
Aoki will celebrate his musical history with the wild Labor Day crowd at Wet Republic on Sunday, when he brings the Vegas edition of the Dim Mak 20th Anniversary Party to the Strip. “Our goal was to do 20 parties around the world this year, and I’m excited to bring it home to Las Vegas, the city where I play the most shows and now call home,” Aoki says. The lineup includes Dim Mak artists RainMan, Garmiani and Max Styler spinning unique but undoubtedly high-energy sets, with Aoki headlining. Get ready for one of the biggest parties of the year. Dim Mak 20th Anniversary Party with Steve Aoki and more at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, September 4.