My conversation today is with Akira the Don.
He is a musician, artist, creator, and one-man record label, who has created a style of music that he calls Meaningwave.
I first came across him about a year or two ago, through the work he was putting out on Spotify. He takes meaningful lyrics from people like Jocko Willink, Jordan Peterson, Alan Watts, and David Foster Wallace; mixing these lyrics to music that is emotional and melodic. He uses some lo-fi hip hop, and these days almost anything to create what he calls psychotechnology – a way to share meaningful ideas with people in a delivery mechanism that is frictionless, enjoyable, and fun to listen to. It’s really an incredible body of work that I would recommend to anybody.
The other exceptional thing about Akira is that he is a hyper-productivity machine, putting out a new release every single week. We discuss this at the beginning of the episode, how important being a consistent producer of content is, regardless of what it is that you’re creating. Those who’ve listened to previous episodes will resonate with that idea, we’ve heard from so many guests how important consistency is.
A lot of the lessons that he’s drawn in his life and a lot of our discussion is centered around the ideas that he shares in the music that he puts out. I had a question for him on what his favorite lessons were from the lyrics that he’s chosen for his music, and as the conversation went on, I realized I didn’t need to ask that question. We had been talking about those lessons throughout our conversation, and he lives those lessons in his every waking moment.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- How synchronicity and resistance are actually signs or signals that you can follow.
- How the underground is the new mainstream.
- How Akira views habits and despises routines.
- How he performs habit audits and synchronicity audits to guide where he is going in his life.
- How perfection is impossible and consistent production is actually the key to learning.
- The future of the internet and Web 3.0.
- And the antidote to tyranny, which is the rise of the sovereign individual.
There was so much built into this episode, I cannot wait to go and listen back to it over and over again, just like I do with Akira the Don’s music. If you are interested in the world of ideas, the creative process, or how this all comes together to make the world a better place, you’re going to love this episode.
So please sit back and enjoy my conversation with Akira the Don.
- What is hyper-productivity? (00:04:30-00:08:20)
- Akira’s approach to making music which pulls from many different perspectives. (00:08:21-00:09:59)
- We discuss how collaborating with different artists inspires the sound of Akira’s record label. (00:10:00-00:11:41)
- Do, or do not, there is no try. We talk about how important consistency is when pursuing learning and success. (00:11:42-00:15:53)
- We talk about the freedom, wisdom, lessons, and experiences gained from imperfection. (00:15:54-00:22:47)
- Akira shares what he thinks about habits, and how he despises routines. (00:22:48-00:28:12)
- What is Meaningwave? (00:28:13-00:33:26)
- What is Psychotechnology? (00:33:27-00:38:55)
- Akira shares his approach to life and his work, which includes hyper-productivity, extreme independence, and extreme personal responsibility. (00:38:56-00:47:26)
- The significance of teaching our children our own experiences and life lessons. (00:47:27-00:52:39)
- Akira shares more about his own sense of personal responsibility when creating his music. (00:52:40-00:55:27)
- Akira tells us about realizations he’s had, sharing how his life and work have been a constant process of active growth and learning. (00:55:28-00:58:00)
- How synchronicity and resistance are actually signs or signals that you can follow. (00:58:01-1:08:15)
- Akira talks about performing habit audits and synchronicity audits to guide where he is going in his life. (1:08:16-1:10:36)
- We discuss the future of the internet and the antidote to tyranny. (1:10:37-1:21:22)
- Where to find Akira the Don on social media. (1:21:40-1:25:04)
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