With melodic pop music and crisp visuals, I look to merge the worlds of visual art, pop music and geek culture. My name is Akira AK (formerly just "Akira" - and you can just call me just that too), and I am a pop artist out of Greenwich, CT. Being one of the only pure pop singer-songwriters from my town, I found a lack of showmanship and spectacle within the music scenes I was a part of (or wanted to be). I aim to fill that void with my first EP "Autotune + Heart" (out now!), and my second EP "Pearl" (coming in the near future).
I started out making dance music and have found great enjoyment in the genre in the past few years. More recently as my songwriting skills have refined, I have made the conscious decision to also refine my music sonically and have decided to have a more traditional and matured pop sound, primarily using the piano. While I will always love dance music and am not opposed to dipping my toes in it again, this shift in sounds had opened up a wider variety of possibilities of which to write, sing, and tell stories through my music.
It was not until attending Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT and being immersed in the music scene in the city's downtown that I really began to understand the gravity of what I had wanted. Also during that time I really connected with my inner geek and developed my love of all things geek culture (comic books, superheroes, video games, etc.). I ended up attending multiple comic cons and made the conscious decision to find a way to merge my love of geek culture with all of the other elements of my songwriting and performing I had thusfar. Honing my skills all throughout college, I have had some incredible opportunities to perform and demonstrate my abilities to captivate an audience through my music and live stage shows. Some of those opportunities include opening and closing the international True Colors Conference in 2012 and 2014 held in Storrs, CT, performing for ConnectiCon in 2014 at the Webster Bank Arena, and being a part of multiple shows at the legendary Bijou Theatre (both in Bridgeport, CT).
In October 2016, I had the distinct honor of starting & performing in my own charity event (We The Heroes Ball) in conjunction with New York Comic Con, to raise money for LGBT homeless youth in NYC. It was always my dream to work with NYCC, and working with them was such rewarding of an experience and helped me hone my craft in showmanship and overall songwriting, being exposed to the geek community so intimately. Feel free to visit the We The Heroes Ball page to find out all the info about the event!
Best known for my "catchy lyrics and melodies", I am often compared to Lady GaGa and Sia (of whom both I take great inspiration from) musically. My visuals (whether playing live or in videos) feature a myriad of dancers and local artists I frequently enjoy collaborating with, and whom I'm lucky enough to have a wonderful personal relationship with. These artists are all masters in their respective field and have successfully contributed to the goal of bringing a unique spin on pop music both in live performance and in media.
With the releases of "Autotune + Heart" and "Pearl", I want to showcase exactly how I want my artistry to be seen/heard professionally. I am so excited to be sharing everything about myself and my music with the world on this level and look forward to interacting with everyone; critic and fan alike. Please feel free to reach out on any of my social media sites using the icons at the bottom of the page or in the "contact" section of the website. I am happy to show you my work here and always am looking for feedback. In the meantime, please enjoy everything I have to offer!