'I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead' Review
Matt Donato offers up a review for Steve Aoki's new documentary I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, which is now available on Netflix. Produced by David Gelb, the documentary recounts Aoki's life and career over the course of three years during the creation of Neon Future with a special focus on the complicated relationship with his father, a former Olympian and the founder of Benihana restaurant franchise. Check out Donato's take on the documentary, which also features interviews with Diplo, Tiesto and will.i.am. In honor of the film, Steve Aoki will be doing a Facebook Live stream Q&A with Katie Couric on Wednesday, August 24th.
This article originally appeared on We Got This Covered
As someone who’s been forced into the all-night-raving world of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) by proxy, I’m no stranger to Steve Aoki. Roommates and friends alike have filled my apartment with stories about the cake-throwing wild-child, coupled with their desires to one day be “caked” themselves (why waste a good cake, if you ask me).
This is how I entered Justin Krook’s Netflix documentary I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, with a frosting-covered caricature of the generational powerhouse and his performance-focused talents. Not his father’s pseudo-abandonment. Not his hardcore, angsty rock beginning. Just a crowd-surfing ball of fun who hits play with the best of them – an admittedly ignorant view on a man with so much more to say.
While growing up in the shadow of super-hero-incarnate Rocky Aoki, many assumed Steve Aoki was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. While growing up in the shadow of super-hero-incarnate Rocky Aoki, many assumed Steve Aoki was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Rocky’s legend reaches far and wide (Founder of Benihana/Olympic wrestler/World Record breaker), but his commitment to success didn’t come without sacrifice. Family was only the third-most important facet of life (proclaimed during a television interview), and the few times Rocky was around, Steve Aoki’s choices always remained in question. So begins a lifetime of constant approval-seeking, as Steve channeled his father’s disregard and became one of the world’s most influential DJs. A true American dream, powered by heartbreak and a dangerous addiction to success.
Luckily (sorry, I still haven’t jumped on the EDM train just yet), I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead reaches deep into Steve Aoki’s past to explain his current status as robot-music royalty...