Alex Feather Akimov

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Alex "Feather" Akimov
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Background information
Birth name Alexey Akimov
Born (1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Moscow, Russia
Genres Pop, pop rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock
Occupations Musician, composer, producer[citation needed]
Instruments Electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, keyboard, acoustic guitar
Years active 2004–present
Labels Bungalo Records, Universal
Associated acts Eminem, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Irene Nelson, Red Elvises, Greg Howe, Frank Gambale, Love The Way You Lie, Hold It Against Me, Love the Way You Lie (Part II), The Monster (song)
Website Official website

Alex "Feather" Akimov (born May 28, 1986) is a Russian-American guitarist and composer who has been active in the music industry for nearly ten years as a touring musician, a session guitarist and a solo artist in his own right.[1] Akimov has appeared on eleven studio albums, has played hundreds of live performances across the United States, and has collaborated with a wide variety of notable artists, including Steve Vai, Britney Spears and Rihanna.[2] Akimov has repeatedly stated that The Beatles have played a hugely influential role in his musical development, whilst also publicly acknowledging Greg Howe as a favorite guitarist.[3]


Akimov started playing the guitar when he was 11 years-old. In 2006, he graduated from Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, Russia, with a BA degree in Classical guitar, Jazz guitar and composition. In September 2006, Akimov moved to Los Angeles, California to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music (LAMA). It was at the Los Angeles academy that he learned from great teachers such as Frank Gambale, Steve Fister, Greg Howe and many others. After graduating from LAMA in 2008, Alex started working as a full-time musician.

Recording and touring collaborations[edit]

In 2008, Akimov was hired to work with Ziv during the band's national tour of the United States (US).[4] The guitarist subsequently appeared on two of Ziv's records, Fearless and Paper & Sound, with the former awarded the "Best Independent Record of the Year" by a music website.[5] Akimov proceeded to perform more than a hundred shows around the US with Ziv, before ceasing work with the band in 2010. He then commenced working with a famous Russian artist, 3-time Russian Grammy Award winner, Irene Nelson.[6][7][8] Nelson's music video for her debut single, "Sunrise", aired on MTV Russia and Muz-Tv, and eventually placed in the[9] Billboard Dance Charts. In 2011, Akimov toured with the Red Elvises in the US and Russia. in 2013 Alex joined Mika Newton project signed to JK Music Group / Friendship Collective label owned by Randy Jackson.[10][11] He took position of a guitarist and music director


2008 - 2009 Ziv - Lead Guitar
2009 - 2010 Irene Nelson - Guitarist, manager
2010 - Eminem FT Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Heavy Remix[12][13] - Guitar
2010 - Eminem FT Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Part 2[14] - Guitarist 2011 - "Search" Ft Greg Howe
2012 - "Beautiful Lani (featuring Frank Gambale)"
2010 - 2013 Red Elvises Guitar player world tour
2013 "The talented" Sony action cam project
2013 Mika Newton Guitarist/music director

Solo career[edit]

Akimov appeared as a guitarist in the 2008 film Live Fast, Die Young by Christopher Showerman.[15]

His debut single "All About The Rain" was released in November 2010, produced by Alex Feather Akimov, Brian Duffy, and Brian Garcia. His second single "Search," [16] a collaboration with guitar virtuoso Greg Howe, was released in March 2011. In June 2011, the third single "Troublemaker" and the final video of the trilogy were officially released. The album About the Rain was released on iTunes in July 2011.[17]

The first single "Beautiful Lani (featuring Frank Gambale)"[18] from his upcoming album Eatmystrings has been released on iTunes along with an official music video in February 2012.[19]

Second single called "Monsters are here" Guitar mixed with Dubstep Was released on iTunes in September 2012 [20] The video has become viral on YouTube and received 700,000 views in only 3 weeks [21]
In 2013 Alex has joined project by Sony called "The Talented" he was capturing 7 days of a session musician life that captured his studio works, live performances and rehearsals with different artists.
finished footage will be played at Sony Stores around the US

In 2013 Alex have started a new YouTube channel call MrEatmystrings[22] and releasing new videos every Monday
His new channel received a lot of attention and got 7,000 subscribers just over a month
Most popular videos are
Orange (amazing acoustic guitar)[23]
The Monster (Eminem Ft Rihanna) cover[24]


Alex is currently teaching at GMC (, one of the biggest online guitar lessons communities.[25]
In July 2012 Alex released a video course called "Guitar Workout Insanity - Eatmystrings" on The course includes a number of unique exercises especially designed to develop guitar picking technique.[26]


  1. ^ The Guitar Master Class (19 January 2012). "Alex Feather Akimov teaches guitar on Guitar Master Class" (Web page). Dreamhost. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Site admin. (22 January 2012). "ALEX FEATHER AKIMOV TEACHES GUITAR ON GUITAR MASTER CLASS" (Web page). Alex Feather Akimov. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ G3 Magazine (13). 23 August 2011. p. 19. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  4. ^ [1] Ziv official website
  5. ^ [2] (Fearless best independent record of the year)
  6. ^ [3] Irene Nelson Official Music Video
  7. ^ [4] Irene Nelson Eurochannel
  8. ^ [5] Irene Nelson Live Performance
  9. ^ [6] Billboard Dance Charts 2010 ("Sunrise" #35)
  10. ^ Jkmusicgroup
  11. ^ Mika Newton Releases Her Follow Up Single, "Come Out and Play" On Friendship Collective Label
  12. ^ [7] "Love The Way You Lie"(Heavy Remix) FT Alex Feather Akimov Billboard BIZ
  13. ^ [8]" Love The Way You Lie "(Heavy Remix) Video
  14. ^ [9]"Love The Way You Lie"(Part 2) FT Alex Feather Akimov (VIdeo)
  15. ^ Alex Akimov, actor profile.
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  17. ^ [10] About The Rain
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  19. ^ [11] "Beautiful Lani" FT Frank Gambale
  20. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  21. ^ "Dubstep Guitar - Monsters Are Here". YouTube. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
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  25. ^ "Alex Feather". 1986-05-28. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  26. ^ "Guitar Exercises : Guitar picking excercises class online". Udemy. 1986-05-28. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 

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