Applogies for the radio silence. I am working my ass off on something significant and mental. I was up till 5 again last night, I knew it was time to go to bed when a black cat ran in the studio. I don’t own a black cat.
I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I was trying anyway most likely, what wth the swarm of helicopters that circles Don Studios 24 hours a day right now. They never warned us about that…
Rehearsals seem to be going well. There were fireworks again last night. That’s the stadium on the right. They were strobing great beams of light off the sky and playing Hey Jude pretty loud at around midnight. That weird UFO blimp thing up top hung around till 1 or so. The helicopters staright up hung around all night, and they’re still buzzing around now.
Its a year and a half since the launch of AkiraTheDon.com, officially the The Best Artist Website in the world… but as we know, the internet progresses faster than the speed of gamma rays these days, and it’s time to drag this sleek beast kicking and screaming into the FUTURE.
As you know, I’ve always collaborated with my little brother Zef in the past, but Zef is a boy no more, and now works full time for a posh design agency, and thus hasn’t the hours to dedicate to such a hervculean endeavour.
So, I am looking for a WEB GENIUS to help take The Best Artist Website In The World to the next level of amazing. If you are that web genius, or know that web genius, please get in touch, with some examples of that genius, via akirathedon at gmail dot com.
Meanwhile, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what we should be doing with this new Thing. If there’s anything at all you’d like to see on the new site, please let me know in the comments! There will be prizes for the best ones!
PS – Here’s version 1.0, courtesy of the amazing WayBackMachine. That lil guy on the right used to float around the screen, dressed in the garb of whatever country I was in at the time. Damn shit done changed!
As you know, I do my very best to give you, my good good peoples, what it is that you require. And what a great deal of you seem to require, according to the many transmissions I receive through The Channels, is instrumental versions of my work. I cannot blame you. It is true that I put a great deal of effort into my music, that it is full of rich detail that often goes missed when focusing on the amazing raps. And I do indeed enjoy zoning to my beats minus those aforemetioned amazing and splendiferous raps. So now, dear friend, you can, like me, enjoy the wonder and bliss of the Unkillable Thunderchrist instrumental tracks on this new record: UNSPEAKABLE THUNDERCHRIST.
All songs produced by me, Akira The Don, except for Fuck You Pay Me, produced by the mighty Joseph Roberts, AKA The Peter Principle, AKA Joey2tits.
More coming soon. As ever, let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to hear.
“I Alchemy… I Alchemi… I cook, I chef, I Walter White”
YES! Celebrating the birth of the final season of Breaking Bad today, after months of trans-atlantic digital graft I am proud to present to you, the FULL METAL ALCHEMIST VIDEO!
The video is a psychedigital trippy pop art masterpice, packed with DRUGS and GUNS and FOOD and WEIRD RED STUFF shot on location in Nu Olypia, London and Denver, Colorado… the UK bits were shot by Tom Coles (Scroobius Pip, Beardyman, B Dolan) and the US bits by Trenton Cotten (just done the new Young Jeezy flick). Directed and edited by ME, word famous polymath AKIRA THE DON.
FULL METAL ALCHEMIST
The Alchemical Psychedigital Music Video
Shot on location in Nu Olympa, UK, and Denver, Collorado.
Directed and edited by Akira The Don
ATD shot by Mighty Tom Coles
Time shot and edited by @TrentonCotten
Additional filming by Christina Ryder
Guest stars @littles_life, @AwareNess0
Time says: “Shout out to my cat Elliott, Dan Banta, and AwareNess for pushing that red.”
ATD says: “Shout out Time, trenton and crew for making transatlantic magic and my Alchemical London peoples Tom and Litts for bringing the Bokonon vision to Nu Olympia.”
I would also like to shout out my peoples at Southern Hopitalty whose immediate support of this tune put the thought of the video in my head.
I hope you enjoy it! It is PACKED WITH MEANINGS! Collect them all!
L-R: Mary Turner, Akira The Don, James "Euro Jim" Harrison, Jeremy "Jeres" Allen.
As I mentioned the other day, me and my ole band The Women took advantage of a freak burst of sunshine in London on Friday to scoot over the road to Victoria Park park with my little brother’s old KRON guitar, The Wedding Uke and a triangle, and play a couple of songs for you, the internets. It was the first time we’d played together for ages, since Mary lives in New Zealand nowadays with her husband to be, where she’s been some modelling and getting a suntan. James, meanwhile, taught himself photography and then filming and makes adverts for Nike and things of that nature, while Jeres plays guitar in White Witches, who you will be hearing a lot about soon.
It is always a joy and a pleasure to play music with my old friends, and it was nice to capture it on film, which is something we’ve always been bad at in the past for some reason, despite playing together for years and going on tour and everything. Anyway, Mary’s in the country for her wedding till September, so I am gonna make sure we do at least one live show, and record it for posterity.
I shot the footage on my HTC One X, which is very good considering its a bloody phone, but the audio goes out of synch quite a bit and I had to do an awful lot of fidgeting in Premier Pro CS5.5. You might wanna sort that out HTC people.
I will be trying out Premiere Pro CS6 tomorrow, when I will be cracking on with the Full Metal Alchemist video edit. that thing drops the same day as the new season of Breaking Bad, fittingly enough. “I cook, I chef, I Walter White…”
PS – apparently Oh! was played on a daytime telly show called 4 Weddings today. Has anyone seen this? What’s the context? How do these strange and wonderful things happen anyway?