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Monday, January 11th, 2016

David Bowie Hollywood Boulevard Star

You’re Sleepy Now.

Thank you David Bowie. You were always such a huge part of my life. And always it shall be thus. You are immortal now.

I don’t have regrets. But I sometimes think back to that night in Los Angles in 2005, when I was backstage at a Nine Inch Nails concert, chatting with a security guard who used to be friends with Biggie Smalls. Someone tapped me on the shoulder of my white floor length rabbit fur coat and said, “that’s an amazing jacket mate!”

“Cheers,” I said, distractedly, without really looking, and continued listening to the security guard’s tales of Biggie Back in The Day. Presently my A&R dude Jeff ran over to me, perspiring somewhat. “You know that was only fucking David Bowie you just brushed off!” he barked, exasperatedly.

In another universe, I registered the compliment, and its giver, and we entered an illuminating conversation about UK Garage or Grant Morrison comics or crap speed or something, and smoked some cigarettes and became excellent chums and made a whole bunch of amazing songs, and today I am crying tears of sorrow for a friend I lost.

In this universe I watched a vigil begin around the Bowie Star on Hollywood Boulevard out my window at 2am this morning, and woke to find it covered in purple glitter and flowers, swarming with TV cameras and weeping fans. Today I have been watching the Where Are We Now video with Hercules, the song that soundtracked the first weeks of his life, on repeat all day and night in our little flat above a kebab shop in Hackney Wick. “Is that Mummy and you, Dad?” he asked pointing at the screen.

“Pretty much,” I said.

Hallo Spaceboy. Bye bye love.

— Monday, January 11th, 2016

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Akira The don x Santa x Hercules

I GOT MY FAMILY BACK FOR CHRISTMAS!

Sorry I haven’t had time to blog, I have been DJing every night and enjoying my family every day and getting ready for CHRIIIIIIISSMASS!!!

I have also been kicking off my new shop, that launches proper in the new year, but you can check it out and order some sweet stuff RIGHT NOW.

Living In The Future

I have been Tweeting and Insta-ing and now, finally SNAPPING a lot. Hercules co-stars in the latter so you wanna check that ouyt. Snap – iakirathedon cos some tosser stole akirathedon.

MERRY CHRISSMASS TO YOU ALL!

— Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Akira

So, ten years after I flew to LA and signed my first record deal with Interscope, last night I DJed the Interscope Christmas Party at Blind Dragon.

The legendary Dennis Graham AKA Drake’s dad come up to me at the end and gave me dap and said I was amazing. He’s the nicest guy in the world.

LIFE IS NUTS HUH?

LOVE TO ALL MY DAY ONE FAM AND ALL MY NEW FRIENDS!

WALK WITH ME ON THE JOURNEY TO MORE SUCCESS!

WE THE BEST!

SPLASH!

— Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

akira-live-14-1400

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Its December in LA, and this is AKIRALIVE014, my regular-ass live DJ mix, smashed out in realtime right here in the Studio Of Dreams. This guy was inspired by HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, an entirely peakwave television show that concluded its second season on Sunday lawing me sobbing, and days later, unable to escape its magic.

Shout out everyone that’s been enjoying our new music video, and shout out Adam Walton who played it on his BBC Radio Wales show the other night. Its holiday season in LA,   which means I’m DJing twice a night all week long pretty much, but the best news is, after month snap months apart, my lil family finally returns to my loving arms this Thursday. I am excitedly ordering nappies on Amazon and stocking the fridge with fruit and treats. Christmas is coming early this year.

LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, OH MY PEOPLES!

SPLASH!

ATD, Hollywood Boulevard, Dec 2015

AKIRALIVE014 TRACKLIST

Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind
Stormzy – Standard
Santigold feat. ILoveMakonnen – Who Be Lovin Me
Propain – Where It’s At
Craig David & Big Narstie – When The Bassline Drops
50 Cent – Too Rich
Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night
Fetty Wap Ft Drake – My Way (Remix)
Fetty Wap Ft. Drake – My Way – PhatCap Remix
Stardust – Music sounds better with you
DJ Khaled – We Takin’ Over (Ft. DJ Khaled, T.I., Akon, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Rick Ross)
Kid Ink – Feel Inside (feat. Curren$y & Vee Tha Rula)
Rich The Kid & ILoveMakonnen feat. Rome Fortune – No Ma’am 2
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean – Alison Wonderland Remix
Gutta Twins feat. Flo Rida – Miami
The Weeknd – The Hills – BB We Found Love Edit
2NE1 (투애니원) – I AM THE BEST
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Oski x Apashe x Lennon RMX)
Major Lazer & MOTi ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, & Kranium – Boom
Justin Bieber Vs Biggie – Sorry Juicy (BeatBreaker Edit)
Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
2Pac – California Love – Mayeda Remix
Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler – Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
E-40 feat. Rayven Justice – Gamed Up
I LOVE MAKONNEN – Second Chance
Fat Pat – Jammin’ Screw
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop – RIOT Twerk Remix
Solo 45, JME, Jammer, Skepta, Frisco & Shorty – Muay Thai Kick To Face
Post Malone Ft. French Montana & Rae Sremmurd – White Iverson (Remix)
Rae Sremmurd – Up Like Trump
PSY ft. CL – Daddy
The Kooks – Sunrise (Midnitemen Remix)
Jupiter – Mama Used To Say
R. Kelly – Bump N’ Grind
Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind

AKIRALIVE014 – The Leftovers Is Too Good For This World by Akira The Don on Mixcloud

— Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

OMG ITS THE NEW MIDNITEMEN SINGLE AND VIDEO EXPERIENCE!

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Shout out LA Guestlist who premiered it earlier today, go check them out they also have an interview with us talking about taking over LA and playing with Bieber and space travel and stuff, its very splashy.

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The song is out now on iTunes and Bandcamp and Soundcloud and stuff, so grab that while its hot. MIDNITEMEN WILL RETURN!

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Now here’s some credits…

MIDNITEMEN – P.A.R.T.Y. M/V

Directed by Glenn Silva & MIDNITEMEN
Shot by Glen Silva
Edited by Akira The Don
Produced by Anna Lodej

P.A.R.T.Y. Girls:

JULIA ANN CONLEY

ZOE DANE
MARIE-CHARLOTTE MAHUL
KIERA SMITH
FABIOLA WONG

The Players:

HILLARY BROWN

TIM BURKE
MATTHEW CAPE
KATY P
DIANA LADO
CHASE LEVY
ANNA LODEY
GRANT MORRISON
BEN NORDBERG
BELLA TATARIAN
PETER WINSKY
LOGAN YUZNA

Hair and makeup by Erik Torppe & Erica Lee

Shot at Box 8 Studios (LA)

Special thanks to Freixenet, Peter Gurnz and Mike Utsinger

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— Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

AKIRALIVE013

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Welcome brothers and sisters, to another instalment of AKIRALIVE, the musical podcast mix thingy I execute LIVE in ONE GO on an almost WEEKLY BASIS right HERE in the heart of SPIDER-MAN COUNTRY, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, EARTH.

This one is particularly hype, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, jumping up sand down and yelling along and smashing my FX pads with RIOTOUS GLEE.

Heres’s a motivational video of lil hercules being super gassed to ride a steam train.

And here’s a tracklist.

SPLASH!

Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams – WTF (Where They From)
Nicki Minaj ft. LunchMoney Lewis – Trini Dem Girls – CRVFTSMEN Freakython Bootleg
Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F. (From Beverly Hills Cop)
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (AKIRA THE DON EDIT)
Lethal Bizzle & Stormzy – Dude
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
PNL – Oh Lala
Erykah Badu – Hotline Bling (Remix)
Jody HiGHROLLER – Smile
Young Thug – Hercules
R. Kelly ft. Juicy J – Marching Band
iHeart Memphis – Hit The Quan
Future – Last Breath
Erykah Badu – Phone Down $$$$
Spice One – Strap On The Side
Run DMC – Rockbox
Major Lazer – Bubble Butt [feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic]
Major Lazer ft. Nyla & Fuse ODG – Light It Up Remix
Tinashe ft. Chris Brown – Player
Nelly – Hot in Herre
PABLO DYLAN – MULHOLLAND DRIVE
OutKast – Roses (PLS&TY Remix)
Young Thug – That’s All
Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
Breakbot – Back For More
Cherrelle – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
Craig David – When The Bassline Drops (Ft. Big Narstie)
DJ Luck & MC Neat – With A Little Bit Of Luck
Waka Flocka Flame – Hard in da Paint
Weezer – Undone – The Sweater Song
Queens of the Stone Age – FEEL GOOD HIT of the SUMMER (MIDNITEMEN REMIX)
Felix Snow feat. Madi – Slow
Kanye West – Power – RetroVision 2015 Trap Remix
Serge Gainsbourg – Initials B.B.

AKIRALIVE013 – WINTER IN L.A. by Akira The Don on Mixcloud

— Saturday, November 21st, 2015