So me and Hercules did a remix of our favorite song this month for no good reason other than WE WANTED TO AND IT WAS HELLA FUN.
NOW WHAT YOU GON DO WITH IT?
Shout out Stitches! This time ten years ago I was in Little Haiti hanging out with these kids on the street, before they had to get indoors cos of unofficial curfew, at which point I saw police vans cruising around all slow and sneakily like with their back doors open.
Last night I played the final ATD show, with MC Lars, in London. Here’s a picture above taken by a wonderful fellow human who suffered a London hostel just so she could witness the thing:
I had hoped to document the proceedings, but the camera crew didn’t show till late, but if any more crowd sourced documentation comes through I’ll drop it here. It was a joyous event, albeit bittersweet. Shout out Jack and Marv and Pixel and ben for holding me down (and up, in the air during the final song). Thanks to Motorcycle Club Lars for inviting me to come and play – there wouldn’t have even been a final ATD show had he not asked. I’d have just sailed off into the sun.
Thank you everyone who came down and showed love and everyone who said beautiful things about what my music has meant to them over the years. That makes it all mean something. I am very grateful to ave been a part of your lives.
I’m not one for nostalgia (which was considered a disease when the term was first coined), and hadn’t planned any anniversary celebrations – even the finality of the A.T.D.R.I.P. album (get yours here now!) was a last minute, barely considered decision. How crazy, in retrospect, that the last show, a thing entirely unplanned by me, happened on May 19th 2014, the very last day of The Decade Of Don. That is some pretty beautiful symmetry, and pleases my mild OCDness.
Afterwards Charlotte and I packed the remaining merch into Tally, and drove to auntie Nonny’s to collect our sleeping Herc. He looked different, again. He smiled when he recognised me.
A.T.D.R.I.P. is the final Akira The Don album. This is the final Akira The Don music video.
And, in the words of DJ Khaled:
It’s a MOOOOOOOVIE!
It was directed and edited by the brilliant Adam Egypt Mortimer, author of last year’s best new comic book Ballistic, currently shooting his debut feature film. We met at Morrisoncon in Vegas last year, and vowed to work together some day. Lately was the perfect project for his techno gothic sensibilities. We shot it in the California desert, by where Trevor lives in Grand Theft Auto V. Adam’s wife Amanda produced the thing, to herculean levels, specially considering the (lack of) budget. Stuart Breton, who’s work you might have seen on Dr Who amongst other things, handled the camera, and the lovely Charlotte handled art and wardrobe and special guest star Hercules from time to time.
(11 month old Hercules actually said his first sentence out in the desert that day. “WHERE YOU BEEN?” he demanded, pointing an accusatory finger as I emerged after an hour’s absence from behind some martian looking skull rocks, painted blue and naked.)
Nina Kate went above and beyond the initial bat-call of duty, playing a fistful of increasingly incredibly attired characters (or was it one? *insert Twilight Zone music), and looking after my little desert lizard son while I was being strapped to a beautiful car and covered with dirt.
Speaking of which, the thing couldn’t have been half as awesome without my dear pal CHASE, AKA CHASEDUDE, who let us use his amazing car, swagged out in the desert in a Gimp mask (designed by Nina Kate, check out her Jane Doe Latex line here it is very splashy) for hours, and got butted in the face with a shotgun by Nina Kate for his trouble.
A teary eyed and heartfelt THANKS YOU GUYS YOU FUCIING RULE to everyone who helped make this beautiful thing. You might remember me talking about it when we shot it few months back. I will look back on it in years to come as one of my fondest ATD memories.
I hope you dig it, brothers and sisters.
ATD, Don Studios V, Rhos On Sea, April 2014
Produced by Stephen Hague and Akira The Don
Mastered by Gaz Williams
From the album ATDRIP: http://smarturl.it/atdrip
Directed and edited by Adam Egypt Mortimer
Shot by Stuart Breton
Produced by Amanda Mortimer
Art by Charlotte Narkiewicz
Hercules The Don
What Is Dead May Never Die, But Rises Again, Harder And Stronger.
LONG LIVE THE DON!
LAST! ATD! GIG! ALERT!
I will be playing at Surya in London on May 19th, with MC Lars, Last Show before I bugger off to LA and DO A DIFFERENT THING.
Details here. let me know if you wanna hear anything specially.