• How rave music conquered America
• Why there’s more to modern dance culture than technical skill
• Steve Aoki: Neon Future vol 1 review
• Calvin Harris tops Forbes’ richest DJ list with $66m earnings last year

Steve Aoki used to be underground. No, really.

Before he was a DJ taking to festival main stages, sending out shockwaves of high-energy, crunchy electro with a frothy head of trance through DayGlo-decorated, munted punters. Before he was doing over 200 shows a year, from Los Angeles to São Paulo. And long before he was making $23m a year (according to Forbes). Steve Aoki was in a band.

We created this really cool, small, unique hipster scene where it wasn't about the DJing because these DJs couldn't DJ

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Why music purists love to hate Steve Aoki and EDM

Few DJs wave the flag for the blockbuster sounds that finally brought dance culture to the US mainstream. But as the racket-making Steve Aoki tells it: ‘If people want to put me on the main stage, I’m going to do my thing on the main stage’
• How rave music conquered America
• Why there’s more to modern dance culture than technical skill
• Steve Aoki: Neon Future vol 1 review
• Calvin Harris tops Forbes’ richest DJ list with $66m earnings last year

Steve Aoki used to be underground. No, really.

Before he was a DJ taking to festival main stages, sending out shockwaves of high-energy, crunchy electro with a frothy head of trance through DayGlo-decorated, munted punters. Before he was doing over 200 shows a year, from Los Angeles to São Paulo. And long before he was making $23m a year (according to Forbes). Steve Aoki was in a band.

We created this really cool, small, unique hipster scene where it wasn’t about the DJing because these DJs couldn’t DJ

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