http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBZHUVaEx04 Swag out world renowned funnyman, radio presenter, DJ, Tv personality and air guitar champion Danny Robins, who wrote up this excellent interview with me for Uppror Magazine. It's actually possibly the best interview I've ever read with myself in all my years of reading interviews with myself - it is by far the best researched and written, and certainly the most factually accurate. Go visit Danny here, he is charming and erudite and he also RAPS (over Roxette samples, no less), the sign of a class act if ever there was one.
You can download a PDF of the whole thing here. And swag out Ian Davies who took those awesome photos - and fed me vast quantities of fruit in the process - and invited us into the beautiful home he shares with his beautiful wife and beautiful chillern and showed us great hospitality.
Yeah, cheers Drake, for poisoning my every waking moment with a loop of your latest self loathing anthem, a genre that will hereby be referred to as Sloathe, for the WHOLE FLIPPING DAY. It woke me up. "Fuck that nigga that you love so bad," it cooed at me, interrupting a dream I was having in which Rick Ross was giving me the end of a spliff with one of those extended robot arms with the pincers. I was singing it to myself entirely unconsciously in the coffee shop. They are very tolerant in there, I must say.
So, its been a full on FACTORY in here for the past couple of days, as I finally took receipt of all that swanky The Life Equation stuff. It looks amazing. I'm glad the CDs got borked and had to be redone, because the new booklet I did that's got a load of your faces in it looks flipping gorgeous. The T-shirt is beautiful too, I am especially proud of my line work on that one. My floorboards are creaking under the weight of 2000 CDs, posters, sweets, and a couple hunnered badges and T-shirts, which I spent all of yesterday folding up and packing into little p;astic bags, for your convenience. Today I am putting them into jiffy bags, and then I will be dragging them in four big ass post sacks to the post office, where they will then be flung around the world to meet their new masters. Exclusively to the ATD.com fam, ahead of worldwide distribution at the end of August. POW!
Speaking of The Life Equation, heroic comics and pop culture cristic Chris Sims of Comics Alliance and the legendary ISB blog got hold of it last week, and reviewed and recommended it on this week's War Rocket Ajax podcast. He called it, "pretty fantastic... first of all this is a guy who did call an album The Life Equation, and does have rhymes about Darkseid in it... anybody in our wheelhouse of liking that stuff and also liking really really good, fun pop music would really get a kick out of it," which is one of the most accurate asumations I have heard thusfar - it is, indeed, really really good pop music, plain and simple - so shout out him and his wisdom, and check out that excellent podcast, it's got a really comprehensive interview with Punisher and Ghost Writer scribe Jason Aaron, who recently told Alan Moore to go fuck himself..
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In other joyous news, I just saw the latest version of the LITF2.5 video, and it looks BEAUTIFUL. I will be getting the HD render of that later, doing a final edit, and it will then be WITH YOU.
Hopefully I'll have time to do that Donnish Inquisition as well. and once all that's out the way, I might be able to make some MUSIC!
Boy oh boy! Keeping a blog is a serious business in this Strange Year Of Our Lord, 2000 and Tumblr. Why spend an hour writing seventeen painstaking paragraphs when you could simply reblog an image of a stormtrooper photoshoped onto a hamster and type lol wut underneath it?
But then, you might as well ask, why learn to cartoon on a level with Bill Waterson when you could just copy paste a Rage fffffface to get your point across?
Its a stupid question. There is no Simply and there is no Just. There is an art to creating the perfect rage strip as alchemic and un-bottleable as that magic employed by Waterson, who is, it should be noted, a lone comics genius. A profound uniqueness of the Rage Comic is that it is being constantly refined by the mass collective CONSCIOUS, rather than the lone cartoonist's connection to the collective UNconcious.
These are the things I ponder on the tube on the way back from a fine afternoon spent having my photograph taken eating a barrel full of fruit in a luxurious astroturfed garden in West London, and being asked commendably well-researched questions by world famous comedian and radio personality Danny Robins for Uppror magazine.
The luxurious astroturfed garden belonged to the photographer, whose home I was welcomed into by his radiant woman and twins, who bought me drinks and fruit, which I was then encouraged to spit at the camera, which is actually harder than it sounds. It transpired that our host is an old friend of my Irish-Swedish Los Angles residing Stunner brother Wade Xavier Crescent, and took some legendary pictures of the aforementioned that used to adorn our living room wall.
As for Danny Robbins, I didn't realise who he was until he opened his mouth, upon which instance I recognised him straight away as the voice of the Indie Travel Guide on Huey Morgan's excellent BBC 6 Music show (RIP), and I am happy to report that he was a gentleman, a scholar (he'd done a damn sight more research than printing off my Wikipedia page, at any rate), and, awesomely enough, came second in the 2006 Air Guitar Championships. He taught me three secret air guitar styles, which was deeply generous of him.
I finished Safe Area Goražde on the train, and when I raised my weary, teary eyes from the page a choir of angels seemed to sing to me, by which I mean to say it was a truly transformative and transcendental experience, that affected me deeply, and whose effects I expect to last the rest of my lifetime. It filled me, as great art often does, with a great and overpowering love for my fellow man, and I had half a mind to hug everybody in the carriage, spitting venom as they all were because we'd been stuck between stations in the glorious April heat for about 4 and a half minutes. "OMFG, look at us!" I wanted to shout, "We're not getting shot and shelled and raped! This is the greatest day of our lives, and tomorrow will be even greater! Let us boogie!"
But I didn't. I have done similar before and I will again, but today, I didn't.
What I did do was come home and work on my mix for Eddy-Temple Morris' show on XFM. He's doing Exposure all week, on which he dropped Jamie as his Xposure Hot One last night. G. Uppercase G. Anyway, it's going to be a flipping legendary mix, and I am doing a very awesome and Prescient NEW THING for it specially, so you'll be able to hear that TOMORROW.
Also tommorrow, you'll be ale to see the SEEK A SOUND SO RARE video!
My Dr Of Publicity has been holding on to it today, doing Publicity Doctoring with it.
I am also filming ANOTHER video tomorrow, which you'll be able to see NEXT WEEK.
Oh, and I went and had a look at a venue to have a party in. There will be much to celebrate: my new company, the end of the tour and oh yeah, MY NEW ALBUM! Yeah! Many great reasons! So JUNE 2nd! Save that date! Its gonna be some unrepeatable LEGENDARY SHIT, and if you miss it you will regret it forever.
Me and DJ Jack Nimble hooked up to discuss that sort of stuff yesterday. DJ Jack Nimble has an incredible robot collection. You really should see it sometime. Rare shit.
Anyway. I am going to stop all my excitable blathering now and go to bed with my feeyans and watch Aliens. We watched Alien last night. It hasn't lost a touch of its genius. Did I ever tell you about the time Bruce Dickinson flew me to Paris on his Iron Maiden plane with a load of music journalists and I didn't want to hang out with them all day so I went and watched Alien in the Cinema, dubbed into French? I loved that experience so much.
Oh, speaking of aliens, if you have nothing to listen to, you could do worse than this interview with Nigel Kerner and Andrew Silverman from Red Ice... they discuss the Shroud of Turin and how it relates to so-called extra terestrials, unforce, atomic expression, the godverse, synthetic roboidal beings (greys) and the uninterupted genetic scope of humanity, which is some interesting shit, and should give you some weird shit to ponder if nothing else.
As you read this I will likely no longer be in the country. Indeed, I will be in a different country, a different island... obeying its laws, observing its customs, tasting its beer. I refuse to accept the possibility of any kind of volcanic ash cloud related disruption to my trip, having decided that it was all some election related conspiracy. There is no eruption, they're just burning all those unsold Rudebox CDs is all. I will be fine and back on Monday.
In the meanwhile, if you're game, I have a mission for you...
See, the reason I haven't taken a holiday for two years is that, self-run as I am, if I stop, it all stops. I have no manager, no label, no PR, none of that. It is up to me. Momentum is everything in this thing, and if I fool that up I have to start all over. I work from when I was wake to when I sleep pretty much every day, and there still isn't enough time to get everything done. I've been trying to do a comic strip for 4 weeks, cotdamn it! I have an awesome script and everything! And I just remembered I haven't done any kind of video for this Street Fighter ish. That's terrible! AND I haven't done a radio edit of any of the songs and sent them to DJS AND I haven't rendered the acapellas and instrumentals and made them available AND I haven't done my LP art yet AND... man, I can feel my heart starting to thunder just typing this.
I need your help to make me feel like I can relax for 4 days.
See, while the gaming world has wholeheartedly embraced ATD23: The Street Fighter Mixtape (over 30,000 streams and downloads!), the majority of the online music community has yet to experience the awesomeness. I know, right? POOR SODS! So, if you have a few moments spare, it would be really ace if you could hit up any of the following and point them in the direction of the thing.
Blatantly there are tons more places to hit up, but my taxi comes in a few hours and I still haven't packed... Please feel free to suggest those in the comments.
CC me on the email - akirathedon at googlemail.com - and I will pick 5 (five) people at random and send them a T shirt! WHOO! I went through all my stock yesterday (putting all the Ts in nice sandwich bags with sweets in) when I was packaging up people's CDs and Ts and stuff. My reup needs to happen sharpish. There's only 2 Omega Sanction Ts left you know!
Oh, and if you see any DJs, tell them to play Be Brave, I reckon that'd sound good on radio. Actually, I KNOW it does - Adam Walton played it on his Radio Wales show on Sunday! Big up Adam! You're a G! And, contrary to what you said on your show, playing music on the radio is heroic! You people change lives! You sure changed mine, anyway.
Rah then. I thank you in advance for being so dope. And I better dash like Dame. I don't know if there's internet in Malta, but if there is, I'll try and check in. BE SAFE! Don't let those puke coloured Governmental types push you around! Enjoy every breath!
Damn, the amount of websites around these days that straight copy paste press releases is crazy! Everybody thinks they're the BBC or something. Ho ho. Anyway. Wanna see mine?
Akira The Don "I Am Not Dead (Yeah!)" EP Mini-Movie Party - October 31st 2009
London. Autumn, 2009. The music industry lies in ruins. Dead-eyed zombies lurch and drool where once stood pop stars we loved and admired. The airwaves are dominated by the reanimated howls of soulless rotting husks: dead music for a dead culture.
But one man is ready to change all this. One living, breathing, bona fide pop star has come to say "enough is enough"; Akira The Don is not dead.
To celebrate, we bring you the "I Am Not Dead (Yeah!) EP", his first official release for two years: and it's out this Halloween.
The EP showcases five brand new ATD tracks, including "I Am Not Dead (Yeah!)", taken from Akira's forthcoming album, The Life Equation: co-produced by Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Robbie Williams) and featuring Gruff Rhys (SFA, Neon Neon) on backing vocals.
The EP is accompanied by a zombie apocalypse mini-movie music video that has been a year in the making, had no budget, and stars a whole host of friends, enemies, collaborators, extras and passers by.
Yeah. That's me. Shout out my lil' brother TheSvenhunter on the righteous hyperbole. Get at my homegirl Giovanna at Sure Shot PR with all your press enquiries. I'm rendering that video today. Trying to work out how to get those wavey lines out of the thing. Joey and James are round tonight. We're rehearsing this awesome new ish and laying some interludes for the EP. The EP is pretty high concept. Don't worry about it going over your head. Worry about it taking your head off.
Oh, and 'fore I forget, that up there's the new T-Shirt design. Art by me, logo by Zef. It's a family affair. These are gonna be on FRIDAY, no lie! Big up my Mum for sorting that out. Sadly no tripple XL this time - the quality on those sizes was "promotional". Never mind that ish. We want GOOD QUALITY, cos you deserve it. So we'll keep looking. In the meanwhile, if you're S - XXL, get your now!
ATD, October 2009
Photo by Charlotte Whewell