When I got my first record deal in 2005 I managed to convince the label (which took a lot of finagling) to give me a chunk of the recording budget directly (rather than it all going to their recording studios), and used it to buy a bunch of equipment and make my own home studio.
This came in very useful a year later when they decided they didn't want to release the album I'd recorded for them as it was - due to lyrical content they objected to - and I decided I didn't want to change it, so I bought the album back with the money I'd gotten from having one of my songs in that My Super Ex-Girlfriend movie, and carried on recording 100s and 100s of songs with that equipment I'd finagled.
I'm still using the exact same mic I bought then, an AKG 414B, which has been all over the world and is responsible for the vocals on about 95% of my records.
Anyway, I just discovered, after seeing one listed on Reverb, that it is now considered a "rare vintage mic", and that people pay 1000s of dollars for one!
So the lesson is
If you want rare vintage gear
All you have to do is buy stuff when you have an opportunity
Then look after it for a couple of decades
And you will eventually have
Rare vintage gear.
I have been editing the new DUNEWAVE music video, and it has almost finished rendering so, that will be live SHORTLY!
Speaking of which, The album, DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY, releases on September 22, and because you’ve been asking me for LITERALLY YEARS… We’re making it available - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN MEANINGWAVE HISTORY - on CD and Cassette!
LUXURIOUS CD DIGIPACK! WITH FULL COLOUR 24-PAGE LYRIC BOOK!
BEAUTIFUL CASSETTE! WITH FULL-COLOUR LYRIC FOLD-OUT AND GLITTERING SPICE-INFUSED CLEAR GOLD CASSETTE SHELL!
We also have a wealth of luxurious custom-designed DUNE apparel including hoodies, pants, and a zip-up bomber jacket, amongst other garms of greatness.
Apparel is shipping immediately, and the CD and cassette will ship on the week of the album’s release on September 22nd.
GET YOURS NOW WHILE YOU CAN!
LOVE! TO! YOU! AND! YOUR! FAMILY!
Akira The Don
Don Studios Playa Del Carmen MKII, September 2023
Timelapse of me drawing my new avatar
Tools: Procreate on iPad with Apple Pencil
Own the NFT at https://opensea.io/akirathedon !
“THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED…”
At last! It is time!
Crystalizing the wisdom of Frank Herbert’s Duniverse into a single-hour-long, sixteen-track epic musical explosion…
Four years in the making!
Recorded on multiple continents!
With vocals from beloved personality and Dune authority Danika XIX, and vocals and production from I, Akira The Don.
DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY is both a diamond-hard distillation of the wisdom of the ages, a timeless and futuristic cosmic space trap rock opera, and a summing up of the first 5 years of Meaningwave, as concise as it is anthemic.
You can stream on your platform of choice (https://go.meaningwave.com/DUNEWAVEODYSSEY), download the digital album here now (https://akirathedon.bandcamp.com/album/dunewave-odyssey), and you can also, ...
Brothers and sisters! It is time!
Tonight, we proudly present to you… after four years in the making, the hour-long, sixteen-track opus, based on the works of legendary author Frank Herbert…
We shall be gathering together to listen to the record for the first time at 9PM EST right here.
SEE YOU THERE!
LOVE! TO! YOU! AND! YOUR! FAMILY!
Akira The DonDon Studios Playa Del Carmen MKII, September 2023
STREAM & DOWNLOAD: https://go.meaningwave.com/BALANCEDJUDGEMENT
MEANINGWAVE VINYL: https://www.meaningwave.com/collections/vinyl
“DO NOT GIVE SOMEONE A STICK TO BEAT YOU WITH.”
BALANCED JUDGMENT (https://go.meaningwave.com/BALANCEDJUDGEMENT) is the latest single from the forthcoming DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY, and the last before it drops next week!
An intergalactic space trap anthem and meditation on the terrors of the prisons man builds for himself.
“CODES AND MANUALS
CREATE PATTERNED BEHAVIOR.
ALL PATTERNED BEHAVIOR
TENDS TO GO UNQUESTIONED,
GATHERING DESTRUCTIVE MOMENTUM.”
Lyrics adapted from Frank Herbert’s DUNE novels.
And that leaves us with just A WEEK till the DUNEWAVE: ODYSSEY album releases!
You can preorder the digital album here now, and you can also get… FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ...