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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

Friday, October 23rd, 2015


ONE YEAR AGO TODAY I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES.

I finished Skyping my babies around midnight last night, and made this song.

LOVE TO YOU ALL.

SPLASH!

ATD, Hollywood Boulevard, 2015

LYRICS:

hip hip hooray
one year to the day
since i packed my bags and moved to la
i looked to the stars and ask for a sign
now i look out the window and see the hollywood sign
and i walk on stars when i step outside
down the boulevard through neon lights
there’s spider-man, there’s sponge bob, theres superman
cracked out staggering outside the gift shop
head rings loud with the tick tock
time is my enemy
i gotta level up so hard
for my family still waiting to follow
this time last year I was running on the beach each night
pushing my son up the hills each morning
got in the best shape of my life
practicing my performing

cos i been pushing so so hard
and i been grinding so so long
all i want is to be my best
and to sing my songs and the world sing along
now california’s calling
hand outreached she asked me to dance
and I take it
cos this could be my last chance

ran with the jellyfish one last time
kissed goodbye to the sunrise
crossed a ocean
hit that strip like meteor
ATD Conquistodor
kick in the door waving the four four
took to the life like i been here before
ooh baby i like it raw

mixed opportunity with preparation
plus perspiration
worked it out didnt need no presentation
a little patience
just a while longer we’ll be celebrating
i spoke to my nan on the phone her birthday
she said guess I’ll never see you again
I’m like no way
I coming back on a horse for you all

i been been missing my dad
i been mission my mum
i been missing my girl i been missing my son
i was with him each day first half of his life
only with him two months last year of his lif
but i see him on skype
and I see says I miss you daddy
i say i miss you buddy
I missed so much
making our dreams come true
did it for your mum
did it for you
so you could be proud of your old man
and know that you could be whatever you want
fortune favours the brave
now I drop nukes in the rave
do not behave
smash every stage i invade
every song a grenade
AK Donovan
AKA
the best DJ in all of LA

— Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
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ME AND MY BD SECURITY Gs ENTIRELY UNRELATED TO POST

You might not know this, but until a few weeks back, all the stuff I create – music, video, art etc – has been made on a 2011 Macbook Pro ever since Stephen Hague convinced me to swap from PC world back in 2011. Shit, I was DJing on it too. One 4 year old laptop, being dragged around LA every night and home again, making all my stuff. Shit was insane and untenable. And frustrating as hell. I’d get an hour into a music project, more than, say, 5 synths at once, and shit would start spitting and sputtering and freezing and crashing. That KILLER video was taking an hour worth of rendering time for every 12 seconds of greenscreen footage I’d edit.

Well, ever since they announced the new Mac Pro in 2013, I wanted one. And finally, the other week, I got one. I worked my little ass off, saved my dollars, and finally copped me a beautiful space aged shiny 20011-a-Space-Oddysey-Esque BIN that now sits proudly on my desk and enables me to do things I simply could not before.

Like the above. I created the music for New York based future-fashion don Daniel Silverstain’s latest collection, which involved 33 drums tracks, 21 instances of Omnisphere (a vast, power hungry synth I previously could manage two instances of before the whole machine collapsed), 15 instances of Garritan Instant Orchestra (a similarly resource hungry strings modelling plug in), 57 sample tracks and a wealth of automated effects… Which didn’t even get Logic (the DAW I use) to 50% CPU usage. No stuttering. No lagging. No crashing. No having to bounce down tracks every time I change something to save on CPU. Shit is full blown AMAZING and JOYFUL and my life has been UTTERLY ALTERED.

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LOOKIT DA FLICKA DA DESK

You know how much of my days used to be spent screaming at my computer? My neighbours must think I died (or at least they would if I didn’t have such amazing insulation in this historic old building, formerly Ronald Reagan’s office, on Hollywood Boulevard, where you can play music at insane volumes at 5am an the neighbours hear NOTHING.)

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BILLION DOLLAR BIN

Well no more.

Now I have a bin.

I’m gonna make a billion dollars with this bin.

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ME AN MUH BIN

DREAMS COME TRUE BRUH. Fortune favours the brave.

attack on totan potato girl bravery

In other news, I drew Larry David just now.

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PICTURE OF LARRY WOT I DREW JUST NOW

OK I’m gonna go to the gym and watch Bloodline on the elliptical now then I’m gonna come back here and record a new podcast then I’m gonna go and DJ Bootsy Bellows and play that Craig David edit and jump up and down joyfully cos that’s MY JOB.

Love you.

parasyte shock

SHOCKS

 

— Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Thursday, August 20th, 2015

OMFG man like Mozzer chopping it up with Lizard King Larry in his first “in person interview in ten years”. It is typically entertaining, and, amazingly to me, it was conducted at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood, where I DJ every Tuesday night. Splash!

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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Today is a day of great excitement, as after 4 months of Being Closed and Being Recreated Anew Like A Glorious Phoenix Beast, legendary West Hollywood hot spot BOOTSY BELLOWS is reopening, with a special 6 hour DJ set from OMG Its The MIDNITEMEN, which will continue every Tuesday hereafter, as Tuesdays at Bootsy Bellows is the new MIDNITEMEN DJ Residency, and to celebrate, we’re unleashing this lush-ass pair of remixes, whihc you can download fo free by pressing the buttons on thre players. FORSOOTH!

CHROMATICS – KILL FOR LOVE (MIDNITEMEN REMIX)

RAE SREMMURD – THIS COULD BE US BUT YOU’RE PLAYING (MIDNITEMEN REMIX)

ENJOY! Oh, and bonus points for guessing the sample in the Sremmurd remix…

Meanwhile, our KILLER video has crossed the 20,000 view mark which is ACE, thank you everybody for watching, commenting, sharing, splashing!

— Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

By Akira The Don on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Oh shit look at this wavy ass video the homie Amika Akaya who DJs with us a Bootsys every Saturday just dropped. Like it was hot. OWWWWWW SPLASH!

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, December 18th, 2014