i-dj: akito

The Trax Couture mainstay and Sans Absence label boss steps into the mix. This ones weighty.

by James Hutchins and i-D Staff
08 February 2016, 11:17pm

Akito's 2014 release of the Metamessage EP on Sub Skank saw him whip together a grime influenced, bass-laden house cut that really caught peoples attention and put him on the map within a burgeoning scene. His weighty productions come as what some people as describe as broken beat grime, a style that is akin to labels like Nervous Horizons and Tessier-Ashpool and now, the producer sees his latest release come on London based imprint Tight Knit in the form of the expansive Pleasure Pending EP. Kick starting the labels 2016 outings, the EP sees Akito deliver his trademark off-kilter and steely sound, with healthy helpings of bass pressure guaranteed to do some serious damage on the dance floor.

Now we welcome the producer into the mix for i-D. This mix sees Akito doing what he does best, tearing it up as he would in the clubs venturing through tracks from the likes of Lokane, Impey and Color Plus. Enter the sound of Akito.

What are the top three tracks getting heavy rotation in your sets?
1. Lemonick, Paramite Temple (forthcoming Sans Absence). Powerful drum track from one of Switzerland's finest, been spinning it in 99% of my club sets.
2. MC Bin Laden, Bololo Hahaha (KLProdutora. My friend Stryker ran this track at a party in Miranda (Ace Hotel) once (twice if you include the wheel up) and I've been playing it ever since, the mixture of Bin Laden's coarse vocal tones and near impossible to mix swung drums really get me gassed.
3. Akito, Metamessage (Famous Eno & Murlo Remix) (forthcoming Sans Absence). I admit I over play this, but it's coming out in a couple weeks so I might give it a break then, maybe.

What's the most hedonistic party you've ever been to?
My birthday parties at HUB16 in Dalston, no one left sober and everyone I can remember had a huge grin on their sweaty faces, good times.

What's the most phenomenal clubbing venue in the world and why?
My favourite venue so far has to be 20/44 in Belgrade, Serbia. I like my clubs small & intimate and this one was just that; plus it's on a boat on the river (very wavey) the energy of the night was life changing, the trip in general was amazing, big up the Mystic Stylez guys for bringing me out!

If you could go back to back with any DJ, at any venue, who would it be and why?
I'd go back to back with Rushmore in Fabric Room 1; Rushmore because he shells it every time, his energy and selection are second to none in my eyes and Fabric so I can tick it off my life goals list.

History is made at night... What was the best night of your life?
Any House of Trax party! Rest in peace.

What's the most debauched thing you've ever seen on the dance floor?
Considering how much time I actually spend on dance floors there's actually nothing that immediately springs to mind, I'll keep an eye out, maybe I'm just desensitised?

What would your dream rider consist of?
A bottle of Buckfast, a few beers, 2 bananas, a small packet of crispy M&M's and a couple local double cheese burgers.

What does your actual rider consist of?Six to eight cans of Red Stripe, might ask for some water occasionally.

What's your favourite party anthem of all time?
Still has to be Bok's Silo Pass, ultimate audible gas / wheel-up material.

What producer are you predicting big things from this year?
Nationally: NKC from Her Records, internationally as a collective and individually it would have to be New York's Swim Team.

Where do you go when the record ends and the lights come on?
On my fluorescent surf board (as my good friend Esqueezy puts it) and I ride that tsunami until I capsize, wherever the wave leads me.

What track would you end the night on when everyone's still awake and its time to go to sleep?
I'd go on to YouTube and have a Clams Casino back-to-back PNL session and use the individual volumes to cross fade really badly into each other, my sing-along voice is pretty horrific as well, everyone will know what time it is.

Finish the sentence, the music sounds better with...
Our problems and inhibitions left at the door.


Akito - Degrade Gracefully (original Mix)
Luke West - Untitled
Holloway - Particle System
Martel Ferdan - Afterglow
Holloway - LPS
Color Plus - Untitled
Sylvère - Smashing Stars
HHB-1990 - Suicide Sirens (blends by Akito)
Akito - Catching Feels
Lokane - Visions
Suda - Electric Body Remix
Martin Kemp - Fix
Color Plus - Kaana
Lokane - Body Double (TSVI remix)
Boska - Shesick
Nobel - Concave (Akito Remix)
Impey - The Pong Song
Ryan Wick - Stick Talk
Soda Plains - Brisance (Akito edit)
NKC - Hague Basement
Famous Eno - Gangsters (VIP)
FE x M x A - Meta-Tryst (Akito / blend)
NKC - Batada
Akito - Resolutions Per Visit
Martel Ferdan - Weir Skimmer (VIP)
CDNephew - Static Influence