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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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HOLY COW I AM TEN!

True story. It is exactly 10 (ten) years since I launched akirathedon.com, dropped the first online mixtape, and started my blog.

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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:

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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.

NEXT…

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— Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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.

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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.

PEACE!

@!

ATD, Don Studios V, Rhos On Sea, April 2014

LATELY

Produced by Stephen Hague and Akira The Don
Mastered by Gaz Williams

DOWNLOAD: http://akirathedon.bandcamp.com/track/lately
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/iATDRIP
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

Starring
Nina Kate
Chase Levy
Hercules The Don

What Is Dead May Never Die, But Rises Again, Harder And Stronger.

ATDRIP
LONG LIVE THE DON!

PS:

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.

 

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— Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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GREETINGS FAM!

Shout out everyone that’s been enjoying my CROOKED video. 10,000 views! A billion comments and shares on Facebook! Hours of fun with the Bing and Google translate!

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Wars of arson!

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Honourable appreciation of my donly physique!

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I love you all.

Meanwhile POST has been happening, with help from Helpful Helpful Hercules.

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Get your mighty Don Merch here!

I’ve been hand drawing some ATDRIP sleeves for people. Here’s a few of them, you can order your very own for a limited time (until I go back to America I think) here.

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OWWWWWWWW.

Speaking of America, my Visa application is well underway. We are making a case for my extraordinary ability, so I can go and work in America and do MIGHTY THINGS. People of cultural import are writing letters saying how great I am. I might get them all framed, they’re amazing. Also factual. I forget sometimes how much I have achieved, despite not having had a number one single and album. In fact, I have achieved fucking tons. Now its onward to that number one single and album. I think I’ve just about logged my 10,000 hours. I am ready.

Oh, I’m gonna do one last DONNISH INQUISITION, If you have any burning questions, hit me, and I will endeavour to answer them.

PEACE FRIENDS!

— Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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A pretty perfect sentiment for A.T.D.R.I.P., huh? CROOKED is my english language cover version of the K-pop Mike Jackson’s turbopunk mega hit from late last year. I was obsessed with it from first listen, but the video was another thing entirely. “What bit of South Korea looks just like East London?” I demanded of my friend and collaborated Blonde Jeremy Deacon, who pointed out that it was indeed east London that G-Dragon was stomping around, and he was not wrong. Shit, look, there’s Cargo, where I did one of my first ever gigs! There’s Brick Lane! There’s that basketball court opposite my old office! Etc! What the fuck!

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And so, I decided that not only would I cover the song, translating it into rhyming rap English with the help of the KpopLyrics site, but I’d cover the video too. So BJ helped with the music, and super producer, synth pop pioneer and good friend of mine Stephen Hague jumped on board to lend his super producer skills (doing clever super-producer things like chopping out half of the second verse). Soon we had  ourselves an awesome pop record, and with the help of old friends and sleuths on Facebook, we tracked down all the locations, and steadicam don and SFX photographer Andrew Bainbridge came onboard to shoot. In the end the only thing we couldn’t film was a scene inside an old hotel, as the room had since been torn down. So we shot those bits on an abandoned old sofa outside Don Studios IV in Hackney Wick (RIP).

Thanks to THE CREW (including the beautiful Charlotte who helped with styling, planning, execution, and ensuring my posture was swaggy) , THE EXTRAS (and BJ for rounding them up on the street outside Cargo half an hour before the shoot like a G), THE REAL LIFE BOUNCER (for real life throwing me at the ground), THE MAGICAL KOREAN ARTIST LADY who painted my special Big Bang/Anarchy In South Korea shirt, and everyone who helped find the locations (here’s some google maps of them for those that asked). And the good people of Cargo, awesome and legendary location.

Here then, it is my great honour to present to you my cover video of G-Dragon’s Immortal CROOKED, taken from my farewell LP  A.T.D.R.I.P. (out now!) I hope you dig it. You can see the original below.

SPLASH!

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— Thursday, April 17th, 2014

BLOGMUSIC

A.T.D.R.I.P.

Akira The Don

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  • Uploaded on
    April 14, 2014
  • Recorded at
    Don Studios IV, Haguekeep Rye, Mocky Mansion, L.A.
  • Produced by
    Akira The Don with Stephen Hague and Mocky
  • Mixed by
    Akira The Don with Stephen Hague and Mocky
  • Mastered by
    Gaz Williams
  • Artwork by
    Rusty Shackles and Akira The Don
  • Additional Personnel
    Jeremy Allen and Blonde Jeremy Deacon

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FAREWELL SWEET WORLD!

Welcome then, to the farewell ATD LP. I’m saying farewell, rather than final, because no one truly knows what the future holds, and bands that claim to be going away for ever then return kind of annoy me – but I have no plans to making any more Akira The Don music, not in any kind of near-future anyway. And I’m saying LP, rather than album, because I view an LP (long player) and a studio album as separate things. The Queen Is Dead is a studio album. Louder Than Bombs (my personal favourite Smiths record) is an LP. Like, When We Were Young and The Life Equation are albums. Two parts of a purported trilogy, written to a very specific brief and created very deliberately, and executed in a high end studio environment.

The music you’ll find here was created and written at various times and in various places for various reasons over the past year or two. Only thee of the songs were intended for the purported third ATD studio album, the conclusion to the trilogy I started with When We Were Young. Along the way, however, I realised I wasn’t ready to tell that story yet – more things had to happen in my life first, I had more to learn.

When I’ll be ready to tell it, I do not know. I maybe I ever will be. Its a heady task I set myself with that: The Answer To Everything, the Conclusion, the shape of the flat circle from the outside. 5D.

A.T.D.R.I.P. is not that. It is a collection of dope-ass songs I made that I wanted you to have. It was going to be an E.P. then a mini album, but I wanted you to have all of the songs, which was 12, too big for a mini album, so have them you shall, regardless of whether they fit my increasingly OCD ideas of what albums should be. Rap songs, punk songs, a k-pop cover, a lullaby. It is the end of a ten year block of time in a human life, and the end of the line for the creature that was ATD in that time, the creature that burst forth from the Long Winter with a song called The First Day Of Spring, rapping excitedly over stolen pianos. Oh, the adventures that followed! Now the creature must die, so that something else might have a chance to live. Valar Morghulis, as the High Valerian goes. All men must die. Yet what is dead may never die. But rises harder, and stronger. Like Daft Punk robots.

SPLASH!

Thank you for being with me on this journey, brothersister. Whatever lies ahead I hope we face it together.

A.T.D.R.I.P.

LONG LIVE THE DON!

Don Studios V, Colwyn Bay, April 2014

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

— Monday, April 14th, 2014