Akira the Don

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Akira The Don
Birth name Adam Narkiewicz
Origin UK
Genres EDM, hip hop, trap
Occupation(s) Musician, DJ, producer
Years active 2004–present
Labels Living in the Future (2009–2016)
Something in Construction (2004–2009)
Interscope (2005–2006)
Website www.akirathedon.com

Akira the Don (real name Adam Narkiewicz) is a British musician, DJ and producer.

His music and production traverses the boundaries between pop, hip-hop, indie and dance. He lists influences including Ice Cube, Adam Ant, Morrissey, Big Bang, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and the Wu-Tang Clan. His debut album When We Were Young was produced in collaboration with Danny Saber (U2, Black Grape), James Brown (Nine Inch Nails, Ash) and Emile (50 Cent).

Life and career[edit]

Born in West Bromwich and raised in North Wales, for most of his career he lived in London. Since 2014, he has been residing in Los Angeles.[1]

Rapper[edit]

In May 2011, he released his second LP, The Life Equation. The album is co-produced with Stephen Hague and features collaborations with Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) and Envy.[2]

In March 2014, Akira released A.T.D.R.I.P..[3] He played his final gig in London on 19 May,.[4]

Producer[edit]

Akira has produced songs for a number of artists including two top forty hits for Lethal Bizzle,[5] along with songs for Newham Generals' Footsie,[6] Big Narstie,[7] Envy,[8] G-Mane, Littles, Marvin The Martian, Issue, and Time.[9]

DJ[edit]

In October 2014 Akira relocated to Los Angeles, where he formed the party rap duo MIDNITEMEN with long time collaborator and nightclub organiser Wade Crescent, and began DJing every week in Hollywood nightspots like The Roosevelt Hotel, Blind Dragon, Hooray Henrys and Bootsy Bellows. The latter is co-owned by David Arquette, for whom Akira provided accent coaching for the actor's role in a stage production of Sherlock Holmes.[10]

As resident DJ at Blind Dragon since its launch night, he has DJed parties for the likes of The Weeknd, Nylon Magazine[11] and Harry Styles.[12] He DJed for Justin Bieber at Hooray Henrys following his VMA's performance.[13]

Discography[edit]

Release Date[14] Title Release Type Additional Info
Sep 2004 Akira the Don's First EP EP
May 2005 AAA EP EP
Oct 2005 "Clones" (Featuring Bashy) Single (CD / 7") Samples Alice Cooper's "Clones"
Feb 2006 Five and a Half Songs About Love EP
Sep 2006 "Oh! (What a Glorious Thing)" / "Boom (Smash Stuff)" Double A-side single Featuring Why Lout?
Nov 2006 When We Were Young Album Debut LP
Dec 2006 All I Want for Christmas Is You (and World Peace) EP EP
Mar 2007 "Hypocrite" (Radio Edit) Single
Jun 2007 Stunners 130 Mixtape Featuring Wade Crescent
Feb 2008 Thieving Mixtape
May 2009 The Omega Sanction Mixtape Featuring Martin Carr
Oct 2009 I Am Not Dead (YEAH!) EP Featuring Gruff Rhys
Nov 2010 The Kidnapping of Akira the Don Album Featuring Joey2Tits
April 2011 Living in the Future[15] Compilation Album Tracks picked by fans.
16 May 2011 The Life Equation Album Co-produced and mixed by Stephen Hague.[2]
11 September 2011 "Babydoll" Single Featuring Chilly Gonzales on the Remix
19 December 2011 Saturnalia Superman: Akira the Don Salutes the Majesty of Christmas Album Revised edition released 17 December 2012
18 February 2013 "One More Pope to Go" Single
24 June 2013 "Games for the Thrones" Single Featuring Newham Generals' Footsie and Big Narstie
10 July 2013 "Ballistic" Single Featuring Darick Robertson on guitar. The official theme song for Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer's comic Ballistic[16]
4 March 2014 "Rain in England" Single
11 March 2014 A.T.D.R.I.P. Album

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2005 "All The Wrong Places" Mothboy The Fears
2006 "Jerusalem" Bravecaptain Distractions
"I Can See Cities" Mothboy Deviance
"Down" Mothboy, Jeres, The Son of King Rebel, & Soraya Mir
"Oh! (What A Glorious Thing)" My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Soundtrack)
"Oh! (What A Glorious Thing)" In The Hands of the Gods (Soundtrack)
2007 "Diamonds" Big Narstie Hey It's That Fat Guy!
"Still"
2010 "Great Britain (Akira the Don Vs Joey2Tits Remix)" Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip Great Britain / Sick Tonight EP[17]
"Johnny Nemo" Mothboy Bunny[18]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "THE LIFE EQUATION". Akira The Don. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Lethal Bizzle – Back to Bizznizz | Akira the Don Archived 14 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Footsie – End Of The Road Archived 25 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 September 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Music Archives | Akira the Don
  15. ^ "Living in the Future: Preorder Now!". Archived from the original on 27 March 2011. 
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ Sick Tonight / Great Britain EP out now! Archived 11 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Mothboy – Johnny Nemo | Akira the Don