Friday, February 5th, 2016

akira the don and hercules fresh out the gym

So if you’ve ever been down Hollywood Boulevard you’ll have come across these dudes who’re always like, “YO YOU LIKE HIP HOP? COP MY MIXTAPE FAM!” Or, “WHERE YOU FROM? UH HUH? CHECK MY MUSIC MAN REAL SHIT FROM THE STREETS!!” Reasonable responses like, “I don’t have CD player,” or “no thank you,” tend to be met with aggression and cries of “SUPPORT MUSIC FAM!” or “YOU RACIST THEN!”

Anyway I accidentally stumbled on what appears to be a foolproof method to having them Leave You The Fuck ALone today, and I am gonna share it with you, cos I am all about lifting my brothers and sisters UP.

So I was walking back from the gym with Hercules, wearing a sweat sodden purple bandana, both of us sipping on smoothies, cos we some Smoothie Boys. Anyway, a gang of Mixtape Dudes jumped off a bus, robed in giant white T-Shirt, each carrying stckas of freshly assambled CDRs. I could see one of those out the corner of my eye about to attack me, but just as he was about to hit me with the Speech, one of his homies grabbed him by the shoulder. “Nah mane he got a purple rag on,” he said, gesturing at my head. “He from round here.” They both nodded at me. “I see you with the purple rag my G!” said out one. “And she cute as hell!” added his friend, gesturing at Hercules, who is uncommonly beautiful and often mistaken for a girl. Then they shot off and jumped on some unsuspecting tourists. “Where you from homie?” “Ur, Manchester.” “MAAAANchester! You need to hear my shit mane! Real LA shit! This all me!”

Their voices faded into the distance as Hercules and walked across the Boulevard to the apartment, the realization of my new superpowers dawning on me, illuminating my very core with a bright light of joy and wonder.


In other news, something I’ve been dreading my whole Father Life happened earlier. I shut Hercules finger in a door. It didn’t bleed or break or anything, but you should have seen his face. He was aghast and awash with sorrow. How could his father do such a thing?

Life is so bittersweet.

— Friday, February 5th, 2016

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016


AKIRALIVE015 - Cometh The Splash God

AKIRALIVE015 – Cometh The Splash God


AY BABIES I AM BACK! it’s 2016, its LA, we’re raging in the mightiest DJ booths in all of LA every week, and this is my first love mix of the year, featuring a gang of my favourite new records, classic records some ill new live remixes, exclusive edits, and general legendary ATD splashiness.

As ever, if you’re in the City Of Angels, you can catch me playing the legendary Bootsy Bellows backroom every Tuesday night, and Blind Dragon every Saturday. Keep an eye on the Channels (Instagram, Twitter, FB, (snap is iakirathedon) for information about amazing rare happenings like this Friday just gone when I was the FIRST DJ EVER to play the Huntington Gallery, for the Western World’s hottest contemporary artist Alex Israel’s installation celebration. SHUTDOWN.

Akira The Don performs at The Huntington Gallery, Alex Israel Event

Akira The Don performs at The Huntington Gallery, Alex Israel Event

OK, here’s that trackliss’. Stay wavy baby, see you in the REAL WORLD.

AKIRALIVE015 – Cometh The Splash God by Akira The Don on Mixcloud


sov – foot massage
A.Skillz – Twang Banger feat. Rodney P
David Bowie – Fame 90 (With Queen Latifah)
Shanice – I Love Your Smile
The Internet – Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
Petey Pablo – Freek-A-Leek
Daft Punk – Da Funk
Ciara – One, Two Step
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
The Weeknd – The Hills – BB We Found Love Edit
Bronski Beat – Small Town Boy
Young Thug – Best Friend
Mase – Feel So Good
The Bee Gees – Stayin Alive
Daddy Yankee – Gasolina – Tuner S. Remix
Trinidad James – All Gold Everything
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz – Get Low Feat. Ying Yang Twins
Kano – Can’t Hold Back (Original 12′ Mix)
DJ Mustard ft. Travis Scott – Whole Lotta Lovin’
O.T. Genasis – Cut It
V.I.C. – Snapchat (Pose For The Camera)
Tinie Tempah – Autogas (Featuring Big Narstie & Mostack)
2 Milly – Milly Rock
Desiigner – Panda
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc feat De La Soul
Travis Scott – Antidote
Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain – Low
Craig David & Big Narstie – When The Bassline Drops
Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night
Fetty Wap – My Way (Flosstradamus & 4B Remix)
Kanye West – All Of The Lights (Thrizzo Trap Remix)
Waka Flocka Flame – Hard in da Paint
Jackie Chain x Block Beattaz x Ballers Eve x DJ BurnOne – Rollin HSV Remix Ft. Jhi Ali
Skepta – Shutdown
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Darq E Freaker – PAR ft Scrufizzer
Post Malone – White Iverson [Herobust Remix]
Kanye West ft. Kendrick Lamar – No More Parties In LA (Akira The Don More Parties Edit)



— Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Monday, January 11th, 2016

David Bowie Hollywood Boulevard Star

You’re Sleepy Now.

Thank you David Bowie. You were always such a huge part of my life. And always it shall be thus. You are immortal now.

I don’t have regrets. But I sometimes think back to that night in Los Angles in 2005, when I was backstage at a Nine Inch Nails concert, chatting with a security guard who used to be friends with Biggie Smalls. Someone tapped me on the shoulder of my white floor length rabbit fur coat and said, “that’s an amazing jacket mate!”

“Cheers,” I said, distractedly, without really looking, and continued listening to the security guard’s tales of Biggie Back in The Day. Presently my A&R dude Jeff ran over to me, perspiring somewhat. “You know that was only fucking David Bowie you just brushed off!” he barked, exasperatedly.

In another universe, I registered the compliment, and its giver, and we entered an illuminating conversation about UK Garage or Grant Morrison comics or crap speed or something, and smoked some cigarettes and became excellent chums and made a whole bunch of amazing songs, and today I am crying tears of sorrow for a friend I lost.

In this universe I watched a vigil begin around the Bowie Star on Hollywood Boulevard out my window at 2am this morning, and woke to find it covered in purple glitter and flowers, swarming with TV cameras and weeping fans. Today I have been watching the Where Are We Now video with Hercules, the song that soundtracked the first weeks of his life, on repeat all day and night in our little flat above a kebab shop in Hackney Wick. “Is that Mummy and you, Dad?” he asked pointing at the screen.

“Pretty much,” I said.

Hallo Spaceboy. Bye bye love.

— Monday, January 11th, 2016

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Akira The don x Santa x Hercules


Sorry I haven’t had time to blog, I have been DJing every night and enjoying my family every day and getting ready for CHRIIIIIIISSMASS!!!

I have also been kicking off my new shop, that launches proper in the new year, but you can check it out and order some sweet stuff RIGHT NOW.

Living In The Future

I have been Tweeting and Insta-ing and now, finally SNAPPING a lot. Hercules co-stars in the latter so you wanna check that ouyt. Snap – iakirathedon cos some tosser stole akirathedon.


— Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


So, ten years after I flew to LA and signed my first record deal with Interscope, last night I DJed the Interscope Christmas Party at Blind Dragon.

The legendary Dennis Graham AKA Drake’s dad come up to me at the end and gave me dap and said I was amazing. He’s the nicest guy in the world.






— Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015



Its December in LA, and this is AKIRALIVE014, my regular-ass live DJ mix, smashed out in realtime right here in the Studio Of Dreams. This guy was inspired by HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS, an entirely peakwave television show that concluded its second season on Sunday lawing me sobbing, and days later, unable to escape its magic.

Shout out everyone that’s been enjoying our new music video, and shout out Adam Walton who played it on his BBC Radio Wales show the other night. Its holiday season in LA,   which means I’m DJing twice a night all week long pretty much, but the best news is, after month snap months apart, my lil family finally returns to my loving arms this Thursday. I am excitedly ordering nappies on Amazon and stocking the fridge with fruit and treats. Christmas is coming early this year.



ATD, Hollywood Boulevard, Dec 2015


Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind
Stormzy – Standard
Santigold feat. ILoveMakonnen – Who Be Lovin Me
Propain – Where It’s At
Craig David & Big Narstie – When The Bassline Drops
50 Cent – Too Rich
Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night
Fetty Wap Ft Drake – My Way (Remix)
Fetty Wap Ft. Drake – My Way – PhatCap Remix
Stardust – Music sounds better with you
DJ Khaled – We Takin’ Over (Ft. DJ Khaled, T.I., Akon, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Rick Ross)
Kid Ink – Feel Inside (feat. Curren$y & Vee Tha Rula)
Rich The Kid & ILoveMakonnen feat. Rome Fortune – No Ma’am 2
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean – Alison Wonderland Remix
Gutta Twins feat. Flo Rida – Miami
The Weeknd – The Hills – BB We Found Love Edit
2NE1 (투애니원) – I AM THE BEST
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Oski x Apashe x Lennon RMX)
Major Lazer & MOTi ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, & Kranium – Boom
Justin Bieber Vs Biggie – Sorry Juicy (BeatBreaker Edit)
Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
2Pac – California Love – Mayeda Remix
Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler – Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
E-40 feat. Rayven Justice – Gamed Up
I LOVE MAKONNEN – Second Chance
Fat Pat – Jammin’ Screw
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop – RIOT Twerk Remix
Solo 45, JME, Jammer, Skepta, Frisco & Shorty – Muay Thai Kick To Face
Post Malone Ft. French Montana & Rae Sremmurd – White Iverson (Remix)
Rae Sremmurd – Up Like Trump
PSY ft. CL – Daddy
The Kooks – Sunrise (Midnitemen Remix)
Jupiter – Mama Used To Say
R. Kelly – Bump N’ Grind
Maxence Cyrin – Where Is My Mind

AKIRALIVE014 – The Leftovers Is Too Good For This World by Akira The Don on Mixcloud

— Tuesday, December 8th, 2015