Akira the Don
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Akira The Don
Akira in 2018
|Birth name||Adam Narkiewicz|
|Genres||Meaningwave, Lofi, EDM, hip hop, trap|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, DJ, producer, Wavelord|
|Labels||Living in the Future (2009–2016)|
Something in Construction (2004–2009)
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). In 2017, Akira the Don released mixtapes in the form of a new genre he created, referred to as "Meaningwave" – a fusion of wave music with meaningful lyrical content and lofi hip-hop.
Life and career
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.
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. Akira often produced his own videos. In 2013, Akira performed at Grant Morrison's MorrisonCon.
In March 2014, Akira released A.T.D.R.I.P.. He played his final gig in London on 19 May,.
Akira has produced songs for a number of artists including two top forty hits for Lethal Bizzle along with songs for Newham Generals' Footsie, Big Narstie, Envy, G-Mane, Littles, Marvin The Martian, Issue, and Time.
Since 2017, Akira the Don has been integrating philosophically inspired lyrical content into his music. He created and developed the Meaningwave Universe which is aimed at inspiring people to find wholesomeness in their lives, and promotes the ideas of peak performance or flow consciousness. He's sampled soundbites from Jordan Peterson, Alan Watts, Elon Musk, Fred Rogers, Anthony Bourdain, and others.
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.
As resident DJ at Blind Dragon since its launch night, he has DJed parties for the likes of The Weeknd, Nylon Magazine and Harry Styles. He DJed for Justin Bieber at Hooray Henrys following his VMA's performance.
|Release Date||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|
|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||Compilation Album||Tracks picked by fans.|
|16 May 2011||The Life Equation||Album||Co-produced and mixed by Stephen Hague.|
|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|
|4 March 2014||"Rain in England"||Single|
|11 March 2014||A.T.D.R.I.P.||Album|
|9 Sept. 2017||JBPWAVE 1||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|23 October 2017||JBPWAVE 2||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|25 October 2017||CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM 1||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|27 October 2017||CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM 2||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|28 November 2017||JBPWAVE 3||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|5 December 2017||CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM 3||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|10 December 2017||LOFI Christmas||Mixtape|
|12 January 2018||LOFI 2018||Mixtape|
|30 January 2018||LOFI 2018 2||Mixtape|
|5 February 2018||12 Rules For Life: The Album (JPWAVE)||Album||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|13 February 2018||TRUE LOFI ROMANCE||Mixtape|
|16 February 2018||LUSH LOFI VIBES Vol. 1||Mixtape|
|23 February 2018||JBPWAVE: A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|3 March 2018||"Extreme Ownership"||Single||Featuring Jocko Willink|
|6 March 2018||Harrison Bergeron
( Ｍｅａｎｉｎｇｗａｖｅ ® )
|Mixtape||Featuring Harrison Bergeron|
|9 March 2018||JBP Wave 4||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|12 March 2018||Bukowski: BORN||Single||Featuring Charles Bukowski|
|15 March 2018||Clean Up Your Room 4||Mixtape||Featuring Jocko Willink|
|16 March 2018||M O Z W A V E 🌹||Single||Featuring Morrissey|
|19 March 2018||N E W G O D S||Single||Featuring Jack Kirby|
|27 March 2018||L O F I S P R I N G 春 🌱||Mixtape|
|31 March 2018||W A T T S W A V E ⚡🌊||Mixtape||Featuring Alan Watts|
|4 April 2018||W A I T S W A V E||Single||Featuring Tom Waits|
|10 April 2018||H S T W A V E||Single||Featuring Hunter S. Thompson|
|13 April 2018||S T O P T H I N K I N G
Chill LoFi mix to meditate to
|16 April 2018||JBP Wave 5||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|5 May 2018||N A V A L W A V E||Single||Featuring Naval Ravikant|
|7 May 2018||A Thousand Kisses Deep||Single||Featuring Leonard Cohen|
|10 May 2018||H A P P I N E S S 幸福||Mixtape|
|11 May 2018||Go!||single||Featuring Jocko Willink|
|15 May 2018||J B P W A V E 6
Confront the Dragon, Get the Gold
|Single||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|21 May 2018||Clean Up Your Room 6||Mixtape||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|23 April 2018||W A T T S W A V E III||Mixtape||Featuring Alan Watts|
|24 May 2018||S T O P T H I N K I N G III
Chill LoFi mix to meditate to
|30 May 2018||L O F I S U M M E R 🌞🌞🌞||Mixtape|
|1 June 2018||The Bare Necessities||Single||Featuring Bill Hicks and
the lyrics by Terry Gilkyson
|5 June 2018||J R E W A V E
I Don't Want to Hear That
|Single||Featuring Joe Rogan|
|11 June 2018||Be Humble||Single||Featuring Anthony Bourdain|
|13 June 2018||N E I G H B O R W A V E||Mixtape||Featuring Mister Rogers|
|15 June 2018||Wholesome Vibes||Mixtape||Featuring N E I G H B O R W A V E Instrumentals|
|27 June 2018||"Good vs. Good"||Single||Featuring Scott Adams|
|2 July 2018||TIMEWAVE||Mixtape||Featuring Terrence McKenna|
|9 July 2018||GOLDTRON III||Album|
|10 July 2018||"The Greatest Year"||Single||Featuring Gary Vaynerchuk|
|20 July 2018||"DUNEWAVE - Litany Against Fear"||Single||Featuring comic book girl 19|
|23 July 2018||"DUNEWAVE - One Step Beyond Logic"||Single||Featuring comic book girl 19|
|8 August 2018||"WATTSWAVE - Any Dream You Wanted"||Single||Featuring Alan Watts|
|10 August 2018||WATTSWAVE 4 - Dreams||Mixtape||Featuring Alan Watts|
|15 August 2018||WATTSWAVE 2 - How To Be A Better Person||Mixtape||Featuring Alan Watts; Re-released|
|24 August 2018||JBPWAVE: Genesis||Album||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|5 September 2018||STOPTHINKING 4 - A Transcendent Vaportrap Mix||Mixtape|
|6 September 2018||"JPBWAVE - Deadwood"||Single||Featuring Jordan Peterson|
|7 September 2018||"JREWAVE - Do Something!"||Single||Featuring Joe Rogan|
|14 September 2018||"ELONWAVE - Optimistic and Wrong"||Single||Featuring Elon Musk|
|21 September 2018||MUSKWAVE - A Space Odyssey||Album||Featuring Elon Musk|
|8 October 2018||"WATERWAVE - What The Hell Is Water"||Single||Featuring David Foster Wallace|
|26 October 2018||"Intellectual Dark Wave - Nemesis"||Single||Featuring Eric Weinstein|
|5 November 2018||GOLDTRON IV - An instrumental lofi hip hop vaportrap experience||Album|
|23 November 2018||"The Immortal Stan Lee"||Single||Featuring Stan Lee|
|28 November 2018||LOFI - CHRISTMAS 2 ❄️❄️❄️||Mixtape|
|2005||"All The Wrong Places"||Mothboy||The Fears|
|"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!|
|2010||"Great Britain (Akira the Don Vs Joey2Tits Remix)"||Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip||Great Britain / Sick Tonight EP|
- Akira The Don's official website
- The Akira The Don Twitter Profile
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- The Akira The Don Soundcloud Profile
- MusicTowers.com interview Akira the Don
- CMU's Chris Cooke interviews Akira the Don for The Beats Bar – thebeatsbar.co.uk
- Akira the Don's Animated Videos on Newgrounds.com
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