Steve Aoki has been around for years and has made a name for himself through his beats, record label, cake-tossing skills and signature “Aoki jump.” And the fact that he sits comfortably at the #11 spot on this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list only reinforces his popularity.

Now, he is being honored and somewhat enshrined in history by having his CDJs and mixer put on display at the Smithsonian‘s Ray Dolby Gateway to Culture. The exhibit comprises a series of eight installations centered on sound, stadium, and screen. Aoki’s gear joins DJ Bob Casey’s equipment from the 1950s and Grandmaster Flash‘s turntable from decades later.

The exhibit paints a picture of how Americans have repurposed and transformed existing technology in order to create dynamic new musical experiences. Unlike DJs and turntablists before him, Aoki is now the first DJ to be featured with an entirely digital system.


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