Cake-throwing American EDM star Steve Aoki is now in the Smithsonian Museum, becoming the first EDM act to be inducted into the historic institution.
Aoki joins pioneer of New York's' disco scene DJ Bob Casey and Grandmaster Flash, helping to tell the story of the evolution of turntable and DJ technology. Aoki's donated gear—two 2009 edition CDJ-2000s, a 2008 DJM-800 mixer, and his RANE SL3—are the first digital DJ setup in the museum's collection.
"Like Casey and Grandmaster Flash before him, Aoki uses his DJ equipment as his instruments—but unlike his predecessors, the musical experience that he creates is digital," the museum said in a blog post.
The gear sits before a photo of Aoki on stage, shirtless, jumping from his equipment in front of a large festival crowd. "[Aoki] throws cakes at his cheering audience, to their delight, and jumps off the stage in his signature 'Aoki Jump,'" the blog post states.
— Jaleo Aoki (@steveaoki) October 20, 2018
This story comes shortly after major American news outlet ABC News dubbed David Guetta the "grandfather of house music" in a segment over the weekend, outraging many.
Several fans and DJs complained of "whitewashing" dance music history by ABC News following the Guetta segment. And while the installation isn't about DJ culture specifically, why the Smithsonian failed to honor one of electronic music's originators—many of whom also use digital gear—is unclear. Modern DJ culture and the music it made famous were born in America, and its story was written almost exclusively by African Americans in Chicago, Detroit and New York.
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