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Monday, December 1st, 2014

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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!

GO QUICK AND ORDER YOURS! THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHINE! DO NOT LET YOUR ANCESTORS DOWN!

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.

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— Monday, December 1st, 2014

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

ATD X SWAE LEE

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…

INVISIBLE MIDNITEGANG

…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)…

ATD X SWAE LEE

 

…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…

BOOM BIP X GRUFF X EDUMACATI

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

SWEDISH POP

…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.

STAY WAVY BABY.

LOVE

FROM

DON

x

 

 

— Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 20.15.02“NOTHING EVER LASTS… FOREVER!”

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