Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 08.46.57After 4 months, the Don Family is back together. Here we see young Hercules enjoying the view of the Hollywood sign from our surprise new apartment I surprised him and his Mammadon with last Sunday after picking them up at the airport where I was shocked and stunned to find my 2DSkype family in full blown ultra 3D, the grown up lady one more beautiful than ever I could recall, glowing and shimmering like something from an epic fantasy novel, a the small boy one an effervescent sunburst of curls and joy and perfectly formed cheeks, squealing, HELLO DAAAAADDY! I BEEN FLYYYYING!”, which was nuts since last time I saw him his conversations stretched about as far as “DADDA BIKE DADDA BIKE”. Here he is enjoying one of the many cupboards. “HIDING!” he exclaimed, joyfully.

Here he is enjoying one of the many HIDING PLACES in our surprise new luxury apartment.

LADS ON LAPTOPS @wadecrescent x Hercules The Don by @akirathedon

Here he is hanging out with his uncle Wadey, who he greeted with a cheery “HELLO UNCLE WAAAADEY!” and whose room he likes to burst into in the mornings amidst extreme hangovers, partly because he loves his uncle Wadey and partly because he loves running up stairs and bursting through doors.

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Cuddles with mamma and Mickey, aka “Mouse”. He freaked the fuck out today on Hollywood Boulevard at some way-bigger-than-the-sft-toy Mickey and Minnie impersonators. “NO LIKE A MOUSE! NO LIKE A MOUSE!” he wept, gripping on to Mummy’s shoulder in horror. “BYE BYE MOUSE! BYE BYE MOUSE!” He spent much of the rest of the day wondering if we were going to encounter any more mice, which he repeatedly assured us he wouldn’t like, then freaked out a bit again when he realised there were pictures of some “mice” on his nappy. He probably thinks there’s some dastardly cosmic mouse plot against him, poor lil guy.

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Gazing at the fish. He loves the fish. “I FEED A FEEEESH!” he announces merrily every day.

We went to Santa Monica the other day. It was just like it is in GTA. We stole an aeroplane and everything. “I FLY! I FLYYYY!” squealed Hercules. “‘GEN,” he demanded as soon as it finished. Hercules is brave as fuck.

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Speaking of which, we went to my buddy Peter’s birthday party by the old LA zoo in Griffith Park the other day. There were twenty or so people there, none of whom Hercules had ever met, which bothered him not one bit. He ran around, introduced himself to everybody, butted in a game of croquet, petted some strangers’ dogs, followed some girls to the toilet, and went running off into the caves without once looking back. “I run away,” he announced proudly, after I dragged him back from one such escape attempt, before trotting back to the party beaming, ” I see friends.

Oh, how happy my family makes me. What an amazing job my beautiful wife has don with our boy, in these four months that my parenting has extended as far being a big sleepy/hungover 2D face on Skype twice a day or there abouts and reading the occasional story. Our son is funny, clever, articulate, charming, beautiful, healthy, and fearless, apart from giant-sized mice, which is fair enough frankly, had I never seen a life sized Mickey Mouse before I might be inclined to push it in front of a car and run for the hills.

They’re only here for another 3 weeks, then they fly back for another month, then back here again, and it will be hard, but it will be easy too, because I know that soon we will be together forever, making the lives we dreamed of, making each other proud, making memories to carry with us back into the stars one day. Lucky mud, as Kurt Vonnegut had it. Lucky, lucky mud.

— Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

As premiered on Complex, who write:

London-hailing, LA-based Midnitemen have just announced the upcoming release of their new mixtape, First Contact. The tape features nothing but the duo’s covers and reworkings of classics that range from Taylor Swift to Hannah Diamond to Extreme, and everything in between. As the opening track of the tape tell us:

“Somewhere beyond Sirius… Beyond space and time itself… MIDNITEMEN listen intently to the music emitting from the various planets under their eternal observation… those that interest them most are carefully examined and run through ancient PEAKWAVE algorithms. These altered musics they send back as messages, intended to announce their imminent arrival on Earth… and establish…. FIRST CONTACT…”

These “messages” are the remixes they push, creating a sort of  twisted lens filter through which they experience the world, and Midnitemen have always prided themselves on their ability to spot a hit, or an opportunity to send another message. In fact, it was they who remixed both “No Flex Zone” and “Club Going Up On A Tuesday” long before Nicki Minaj or Drake hopped on them.

FREE DOWNLOAD, in a track separated digital bundle in the format of your choice here.



Rich Gang ft Rich Homie Quann x Young Thug – Lifestyle (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Br*ka – Expectations (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

T@ylor $wift – Shake it Off (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Princess Superstar – Push You Away (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

OK GO – Writing’s On The Wall (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Theophilus London x Kanye West – Can’t Stop (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Ultra Nate – Free (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Ali Love – Perfect Picture (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

iLoveMakonnen – Club Goin Up On A Tuesday (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Shy Glizzy x 2 Cainz – Awwsome (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

The Prodigy – Out Of Space (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Hannah Diamond – Attachment (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

The C@rdigans – Lovefool (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

O@sis – Wonderwall (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Shy FX & UK Apache – Original Nuttah (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Miami Horror – Wild In Motion (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

Extreme – More Than Words (MIDNITEMEN Remix)

MIDNITEMEN – Theme From Twin Peaks 2016

“Somewhere beyond Sirius… Beyond space and time itself… MIDNITEMEN listen intently to the music emitting from the various planets under their eternal observation… those that interest them most are carefully examined and run through ancient PEAKWAVE algorithms. These altered musics they send back as messages, intended to announce their imminent arrival on Earth… and establish…. FIRST CONTACT…”

— Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Monday, December 1st, 2014


Christmas is coming, the goose is going ham on Ben & Jerry’s and edibles, and the Don Shop is in a state of mostly digital transience, as we move from the UK-based Little Shop of Awesome in Don Studios V to a California based future and Don Studios VI. Physical merch, CDs, shirts, etc, will be unavailable to purchase until next year. You CAN get some lovely hand-drawn Don goodness, but other than that, your options for making the Don-Fan in your life the happiest creature on Terra are limited.

Or they WERE.

Get ready to be ecstatic, Don Fam! For a limited time, you can purchase PERSONALISED, CUSTOM, BESPOKE SONGS for your loved ones this Holiday Season!

You read correctly. You did not imagine that. This month only, I will make you an original song, about whatever/whoever you like, based around whatever sample/beat you like. For $250. For an additional $50 I will make you a sleeve. And for $500 I will shoot a video for the thing too. Nothing fancy. Might run around Hollywood boulevard with an iPhone or something. But it will be me. The Don. Singing you or your loved one their very own song, just in time for Christmas.

Imagine! You want a Don Song about how great your nan is? Done. You want a Don Song about 80s Saturday Morning cartoon sensation Ulysses sampling the theme from 80s Saturday Morning Cartoon Sensation Ulysses? Done! You want a Don Song about you crushing all your enemies over the beat from The Fresh Princes’ Summertime? You got it! You are limited only by your imagination and my control of the English language!


Akira The Don FIREGAWD

INSTRUCTIONS: Make your order, then send us a message (atd at akirathedon dot com) stating your subject matter, any keywords you want included, and the beat or sample you want used for the music. If you’re getting art as well, include any images you’d like used.

SMALLPRINT: The music will be sent to you as an MP3 and lossless digital file for futureproofed glory. The video will be sent as a .Mov, unless otherwsie requested. Please allow 2 weeks for delivery, if there’s some kind of super urgency get in touch and we’ll see what we can do about expediting the process.

While this is your very own song made for you or your loved one, that doesn’t mean you can sell it to Zack Snyder to use in a Superman movie or put it on iTunes or use it in your advert or whatever. That sort of thing costs many many many grands. This is so that you the real-life Don fan can have a super special present to enjoy for all times and cry over with your grandchitlins. Don retains copyright and the right to put it on one of his records or sell it to Zack Snyder to use in a Superman movie although obviously he’d never do that as Zack Snyder is evil. Amen.


— Monday, December 1st, 2014

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014


So after smashing it at the Spare Rooms last Friday night we’ve been asked to return on a regular basis, so add that to our regular Saturday night at Bootsy Bellows that’s two residencies now. And we start our third, at the relaunching Hooray henry’s next Wednesday. MIDNITEMEN are on track, on point, and primed for a hostile takeover of LA nitelife. SPLASH.

This week has been very very wavy. We played a private airport on Monday…

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…shot our genesis video on Tuesday…


…Wade hired staff for his new club on Wednesday, and we ran into Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd, whose No Flex Zone we remixed way back in May before anyone had heard of them(apart from those soothsaying Southern Hospitality geniuses)…



…I later hung out with Grant and Kristan Morrison at Meltdown, whose owner it transpired ran the comic shop from True Romance. Also Kristan hipped me to the crazy phenomenon that is Demi Moore’s Bush, which was kind of emotional…

Grant Morrison Works Very Hard

…I walked 5 miles from Hollywood to Echo Park to see Gruff Rhys’ movie and watch him play a perfect, beautiful, emotional and highly edumacational set on Thursday…


…started work on a huge record with a Swedish Pop Star this afternoon…


…and tonight we will play our second night at The Spare Rooms upstars at The Roosevelt.

None of this has left much time for blogging, but I endeavour to write something substantial for you soon.








— Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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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.


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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 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.



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


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

Nina Kate
Chase Levy
Hercules The Don

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




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