|Birth name Alexey Akimov|
Name Alex Akimov
|Years active 2004–present|
Origin Moscow, Russia
|Born May 28, 1986 (age 29) (1986-05-28) |
Genres Pop, pop rock, jazz fusion, instrumental rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, keyboard, acoustic guitar
Education Los Angeles College of Music
Record labels Universal Music Group, Bungalo Records
Associated acts Eminem, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Irene Nelson, Greg Howe, Frank Gambale
Similar People Greg Howe, Frank Gambale, Red Elvises, Alex da Kid, James Dean Bradfield
Alex "Feather" Akimov (born May 28, 1986) is a Russian–American guitarist and composer who has been active in the music industry for nearly ten years as a touring musician, a session guitarist and a solo artist in his own right. Akimov has appeared on eleven studio albums, has played hundreds of live performances across the United States, and has collaborated with a wide variety of notable artists, including Steve Vai, Britney Spears and Rihanna. Akimov has repeatedly stated that The Beatles have played a hugely influential role in his musical development, whilst also publicly acknowledging Greg Howe as a favorite guitarist.
Akimov started playing the guitar when he was 11 years old. In 2006, he graduated from Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow, Russia, with a BA degree in Classical guitar, Jazz guitar and composition. In September 2006, Akimov moved to Los Angeles to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music (LAMA). It was at the Los Angeles academy that he learned from great teachers such as Frank Gambale, Steve Fister, Greg Howe and many others. After graduating from LAMA in 2008, Alex started working as a full-time musician.
Recording, touring and other collaborations
In 2008, Akimov was hired to work with Ziv during the band's national tour of the United States (US). The guitarist subsequently appeared on two of Ziv's records, Fearless and Paper & Sound, with the former awarded the "Best Independent Record of the Year" by a music website. Akimov proceeded to perform more than a hundred shows around the US with Ziv, before ceasing work with the band in 2010. He then commenced working with a famous Russian artist, 3-time Russian Grammy Award winner, Irene Nelson. Nelson's music video for her debut single, "Sunrise", aired on MTV Russia and Muz-Tv, and eventually placed in the Billboard Dance Charts. In 2011, Akimov toured with the Red Elvises in the US and Russia.
in 2013 Alex joined Mika Newton project signed to JK Music Group / Friendship Collective label owned by Randy Jackson. He took position of a guitarist and music director.
In 2014 Alex joined a worldwide talent search and development company, Mentors and celebrities involved with isina include Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G, Humberto Gatica, Paul Oakefold
In 2015 Alex became a manager of a [boyband] New District. The band got nominated for the Teen Choice Awards "Choice Next Big Thing" performed shows with Fifth Harmony, Troye Sivan, Ruth B and many others. in 2016 New District won Bravo Otto Award in the category "Superband"
The bands first single got a major radio airplay around the U.S. and Canada including Radio Disney and performed at KIIS FM "Next Up"
2008 – 2009 Ziv – Lead Guitar
2009 – 2010 Irene Nelson – Guitarist, manager
2010 – Eminem FT Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Heavy Remix – Guitar
2010 – Eminem FT Rihanna "Love The Way You Lie" Part 2 – Guitarist 2011 – "Search" Ft Greg Howe
2012 – "Beautiful Lani (featuring Frank Gambale)"
2010 – 2013 Red Elvises Guitar player world tour
2013 "The talented" Sony action cam project
2013 Mika Newton Guitarist/music director
2014 ISINA Worldwide Talent Search and Development company COO
2015 New District Boy Band Manager
Akimov appeared as a guitarist in the 2008 film Live Fast, Die Young by Christopher Showerman.
His debut single "All About The Rain" was released in November 2010, produced by Alex Feather Akimov, Brian Duffy, and Brian Garcia. His second single "Search," a collaboration with guitar virtuoso Greg Howe, was released in March 2011. In June 2011, the third single "Troublemaker" and the final video of the trilogy were officially released. The album About the Rain was released on iTunes in July 2011.
The first single "Beautiful Lani (featuring Frank Gambale)" from his upcoming album Eatmystrings has been released on iTunes along with an official music video in February 2012.
Second single called "Monsters are here" Guitar mixed with Dubstep Was released on iTunes in September 2012 The video has become viral on YouTube and received 700,000 views in only 3 weeks
In 2013 Alex has joined project by Sony called "The Talented" he was capturing 7 days of a session musician life that captured his studio works, live performances and rehearsals with different artists.
finished footage will be played at Sony Stores around the US
2011-2012 Alex was teaching at GMC (www.guitarmasterclass.net), an online guitar lessons community.