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DJ Steve Aoki to undergo surgery, cancels performances

FILE - This Oct. 28, 2014 file photo shows, Steve Aoki on "The Morning Show," in Toronto. Aoki is undergoing surgery to repair his vocal chords. The 37-year-old electronic music artist says in video posted Thursday, May 14, 2015, on Facebook that he's canceling five performances in Europe to undergo the surgery. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Electronic music artist Steve Aoki is undergoing surgery to repair his vocal cords.

The 37-year-old American DJ said in a video posted Thursday on Facebook that he’s canceling five performances in Europe for the operation and recovery.

“For the past 20 years, all the screaming at my shows have severely messed up my vocal chords,” he said. “I’ve prolonged this surgery for quite some time, and the doc said it’s now or never.

In the video, Aoki showed images of his damaged vocal cords.

“If I don’t save my voice, I won’t have one soon,” he said in the footage. “I don’t have a choice. It has to be done. I’m really trying to cancel the least amount of shows as possible.”

Aoki is calling off performances in Ibiza, Spain; Wijchen, Netherlands; and Newcastle and Upminster, United Kingdom.

The disc jockey is a prolific presence on the electronic dance music scene and has collaborated with the likes of will.i.am, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea and Lil Jon. He released the album “Neon Future II” earlier this month.

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