Steve Aoki Opens Up, Gets Emotional In Katie Couric Interview
There’s no denying that within the last half-decade, electronic dance music has seen an unprecedented rise to prominence, moving past genres like hip-hop and rock and crossing into the mainstream. With EDM in the media spotlight, fans are now getting the opportunity to learn more about the people behind the biggest names in dance music.
As a part of the Backstage With Citi series, which gives music fans an in-depth look behind the scenes of some of music’s biggest artists, Katie Couric sat down with Dim Mak’s head honcho, Steve Aoki, and spoke at length about Aoki’s rise to prominence, his influences and his beliefs on dance music issues including Soundcloud’s copyright regulations.
In the beginning of the interview, Aoki expresses how cool it was just to hear Couric say “electro house” on the interview, as it only goes to show how far dance music has come in such a short amount of time. Couric interviewing Aoki not only highlights the LA DJ's impressive career, but also shows how dance music has impacted culture.
Perhaps one of the most touching moments of the interview was when Couric brought up Aoki’s dad, founder of Benihana, Rocky Aoki, who passed away in 2008. Aoki tells the story of his burgeoning career in music while he was still in college, as he was working hard on Dim Mak and his own DJ career. His father, watching Aoki struggle to make “$100 here, $100 there,” often advised Aoki to look for another career.
But, as Aoki explains, “In 2008 he finally got to a place where he was like, I don’t have to worry about you… that was nice to get to a place where I was like, Dad, I made it.”
You can watch the whole interview with Steve Aoki below, and make sure to check out the end, as Aoki gives Couric a lesson behind the turntables.