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INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Steve Aoki performs during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2009 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Steve Aoki
DJ Steve Aoki's Miami roots run deep and even though the superstar DJ grew up in California, he maintains serious ties with the Magic City.
Aoki, who will be invading Miami Beach tonight at SET, was born at Mount Sinai many years ago and makes it a priority to come visit at least a couple of times a year. And not to just play the best clubs in the city, but to catch a quick bite at his brother's restaurant, Sushi Doraku, on Lincoln Road.
With his gigs and appearances, that makes for a life lived in airplanes and hotels, but Aoki is down with it. After three and half years of non-stop touring, Aoki has finally got used to his jet-setter lifestyle.
“With my job, I work and play. I have so much fun DJ'ing -- but I have been living out of a suitcase for a long time," he said. "I actually deal with it really well.”
“It can get really bad -- if you don’t learn to live that way, its horrible and it’s really difficult. It's an acquired taste for sure,” Aoki told Niteside.
When not touring, his free days are spent working on his new album, clothing line and producing the mixes that made him famous. Working with everyone from Lady Gaga to Lil Jon, Aoki’s most recent collaboration was with Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas for their hit “I’m in This House.”
“Will is the most intuitive and quick-witted singer, vocalist or songwriters I have ever worked with," Aoki said. "When he finds value in a song, he is so magical with it. It starts immediately falling into place. It comes so natural to him.”