Dim Mak label head and international entertainer Steve Aoki has become the third DJ to become an official part of American history. He’s donated a set of his touring gear, including his Pioneer decks, CDJ-2000s and skin-covered DJM-800 mixer, as well as his Rane SL3 Serato interface, to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
His gear joins those of ’50s DJ pioneer Bob Casey, who led the charge on two-deck continuous play at sock hops and dances, and late ’70s innovator Grandmaster Flash, who helped create the hip-hop and turntablist movement.
Aoki’s gear is displayed at the Smithsonian as part of the Ray Dolby Gateway to Culture, which focuses on sound-centric displays. He represents the digital age and electronic dance music explosion of the last decade in mainstream radio culture.
You can view Aoki’s gear, as well as Casey and Flash’s, at the American History museum now.
Learn more online and check out some of Aoki’s donated gear below.