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Steve Aoki’s Big Grammy Night: Go Behind the Scenes

Follow the star of Netflix doc ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’ from preparations to after-party

Steve Aoki followed Day of Grammys

See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of Steve Aoki's wild Grammy night.

Erik Voake for Rolling Stone

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, the 2016 Netflix documentary focused on DJ Steve Aoki, charts his transformation from a straight-edge kid who played in hardcore bands in his hometown of Newport Beach, California, to twentysomething hipster-whisperer, running an indie label, spinning records and helping introduce American kids to acts like Bloc Party and Justice, to CDJ-twirling Ibiza demigod. It was also nominated for a Best Music Film Grammy this year.

Ron Howard’s rock doc The Beatles: Eight Days a Week may have taken home that particular prize, but Aoki still had a fantastic time before, during and after the ceremony, as seen in the following gallery, featuring commentary from Aoki himself. He let Rolling Stone tag along to show how his epic day played out.

Erik Voake for Rolling Stone

Suit and Tie

 I don’t really wear ties often so needed some help. Also my hair kept getting tangled. I guess it’s long hair problems.

Erik Voake for Rolling Stone

Grooming Is Good

 Love this outfit, thank you to Ermenegildo Zegna for making me look good for the Grammys. Grooming is important.

Erik Voake for Rolling Stone


With my mom getting into the limousine to head over to the Grammys. There’s no better feeling than seeing my mom happy. 

Erik Voake for Rolling Stone

Rocking the After-Party

The official after-party at Bootsy Bellows playing with my good friend DJ Vice. Here I am with the guys from Dvbbs. Avicii and Like Mike also popped by. It was crazy crowded!