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Steve Aoki Brings a Neon Future to Dickinson

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki

Huge figure in electronic dance music lands in ATS

by Nicola Shackman ’17

Steve Aoki—the superstar EDM and electro-house musician and producer—is coming to Dickinson on Saturday, Dec. 3. The appearance falls between headlining the first Electric Daisy Carnival to be held in India and performing shows across the globe—from Australia to Las Vegas to Ireland, traveling nearly 2 million miles this year alone for more than 100 concerts.

Aoki’s album Wonderland earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. In 2012, he was nominated for the World Music Awards’ World’s Best EDM Artist. His Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles won Best Mix Album of the Year from Billboard in 2008. He also took home the 2015 Chiuku Award from MTV Latin America for his humanitarian work. He is the fifth-highest-paid DJ in the world and is the star of the Netflix documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which “charts his transformation from a straight-edge kid who played in hardcore bands in his hometown Newport Beach, California, … to CDJ-twirling Ibiza demigod,” according to Rolling Stone.

Aoki is also the head of the Steve Aoki Fund, which supports organizations in the brain science and research areas, with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. (On a related note, he plans to have himself cryogenically preserved after death.)

Dickinson has traditionally welcomed two headliners per year, in the fall and the spring, but MOB, the student-run programming board, decided to pool its resources to bring one massive act to campus to invigorate the student body. Tickets to the Steve Aoki concert, which will be held in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, sold out in just 72 hours.

This will be Aoki’s only concert in the Northeast for the rest of the year.

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Published November 1, 2016