Blue: The Color of Noise

English | ISBN: 1250111676 | 224 Pages | EPUB | 32 MB

Blue: The Color of Noise

The music. The mix. His life.

Blue is the remarkable story—in pictures and words—of Steve Aoki, the superstar DJ/producer who started his career as a vegan straightedge hardcore music kid hellbent on defying his millionaire father, whose unquenchable thirst to entertain—inherited from his dad, Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana—led him to global success and two Grammy nominations.

Ranked among the top ten DJs in the world today, Grammy-nominated artist, producer, label head, fashion designer, philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Aoki is an authentic global trendsetter and tastemaker who has been instrumental in defining contemporary youth culture. Known for his outrageous stage antics (cake throwing, champagne spraying, and the ‘Aoki Jump’) and his endearing personality, Steve is also the brains behind indie record label Dim Mak, which broke acts such as The Kills, Bloc Party, and The Gossip. Dim Mak also put out the first releases by breakout EDM stars The Chainsmokers and The Bloody Beetroots, as well as the early releases for Grammy-nominated artist Iggy Azalea, in addition to EDM star Zedd and electro duo MSTRKFT.

In Blue, Aoki recounts the epic highs of music festivals, clubs and pool parties around the world, as well as the lows of friendships lost to drugs and alcohol, and his relationship with his flamboyant father. Illustrated with candid photos gathered throughout his life, the book reveals how Aoki became a force of nature as an early social media adopter, helping to turn dance music into the phenomenon it is today. All this, while remaining true to his DIY punk rock principles, which value spontaneity, fun and friendship above all else—demonstrable by the countless cakes he has flung across cities worldwide.

About the Author

STEVE AOKI is an Asian-American electronic musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive. He has collaborated with artists such as Daddy Yankee, Migos, Tiesto, Linkin Park, blink-182, Lil Jon, and Fall Out Boy, and has released several Billboard-charting studio albums, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. His most recent album, Neon Future III, which serves as the third chapter of the Neon Future concept albums, featured BTS, Louis Tomlinson, Lil Yachty, Bill Nye, and many more. He was born in Miami, FL, and grew up in Newport Beach, CA, and is the founder of The Aoki Foundation, whose primary goal is to support the organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation as well as humanitarian causes such as disaster relief, developmental disabilities and animal rights.

DANIEL PAISNER is the author or co-author of more than sixty books, including sixteen New York Times bestsellers. As a ghostwriter, he has collaborated with such leading personalities as tennis great Serena Williams (On the Line); football legend Ray Lewis (I Feel Like Going On); two-term Ohio governor John Kasich (Two Paths); Academy Award-winning actors Denzel Washington (A Hand to Guide Me), Whoopi Goldberg (The Book) and Anthony Quinn (One Man Tango); and, former world-champion longboard surfer Izzy Paskowitz (Scratching the Horizon). He is the winner of two NAACP Image Awards for his work with Shark Tank panelist and serial entrepreneur Daymond John. He is also the author of three novels, and several works of non-fiction.