In an unexpected series of events, word has spread that a documentary about Steve Aoki entitled I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is in the works. We received this news earlier today from an article on Deadline, noting that the West Hollywood based company Relativity Media had purchased the distribution rights to the documentary.
The announcement comes just a day before the second saga of his two part album Neon Future will be released, with the first one dropping back in September. It might be a dance album, but there's no shortage of guests in genres across the board including Linkin Park, Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), and even spoken word from J.J Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek) and Kip Thorne (Interstellar).
The documentary was filmed during the making of this double album, and was meant to highlight his tireless work ethic and show schedule that includes over 300 performances a year. This is the entire concept behind the name I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, but more than anything relates back to his endless struggle to gain approval from his father Rocky Aoki, who passed away in 2008.
The business tycoon was the founder of the now ubiquitous Benihana restaurant chain, and was also an Olympic wrestler. In many ways, Steve Aoki's success was bittersweet because his worldwide accession occurred after his father's dead, never allowing Rocky to experience the global takeover that has occurred within the last five years.
Whatever your opinion is on the Dim Mak founder, we can't deny that the vision behind this project has the right intentions. Everyone knows the name Steve Aoki, but it seems there is much more to the cake-throwing DJ then what appears on the surface.
International sales for the project are still being discussed, but hopefully we will get a sneak peak or trailer in the upcoming months. We will keep you updated as we learn more.