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Akira the Don

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Birth name  Adam Narkiewicz
Name  Akira Don
Origin  UK
Record label  Interscope Records
Occupation(s)  Rapper, Producer
Albums  A.T.D.R.I.P.
Years active  2004–2014

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Also known as  Splash Thompson, Adam Alphabet, AK Donovan, A Zilla
Labels  Living In The Future (2009-2014) Something In Construction (2004-2009) Interscope (2005-2006)
Role  Musician ·
Genres  Hip hop music, Pop music, Independent music, Electronic dance music
Similar People  Big Narstie, Gruff Rhys, MC Lars, Eddie Argos, Scroobius Pip

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


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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).

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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.

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


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.


In October 2014 Akira relocated to Los Angeles, where he formed the party rap duo MIDNITEMEN with long time collaborator and nightclub organizer 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.


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