RHYTHM INSIDE"Basement" Kolonaki, 73 Skoufa str Akylla Pascal Anthony K
Dj Akylla, resident dj and music director of the legendary “Magna’ parties until 2000, founder and resident dj with “Breathe Deep-Athens” has managed to make his presence synonymous with the development of the local underground club culture and to be more precise with the deep soulful scene from the mid 90"s and on.
He also has gained international recognition, by being part of highly acclaimed parties abroad such as Shelter`(NYC), Soul Heaven (UK), Angels Of Love (IT), playing alongside scene legends, Timmy Regisford, Little Louie Vega, Francois Kevorkian to name a few.
Akylla until this day continues, with the same passion, to take devoted dancers into long musical journeys thru driving tribal beats overlaid with soulful lyrics. Staying true to his musical roots and to the bare basics of the underground dance culture philosophy, according to which music and dancers are interrelated elements.
He is also part of a new project, going under the name “Pioneer”along side dj Pascal.
Interview With Akylla
1).How did it all begin?
As a youngster, was very much in to going out dancing at night clubs which led int getting myself
2 turntables a mixer accompanied by a weekly 12inch consumers addiction. Also happened to be at
the right place at the right time, NYC circa 87-95,.
2).What artists influenced you growing up?
Curtis Mayfield, Aretha franklin, The Doors, Kraftwerk, Yello amongst many others
3).What are some of your favorite places to perform?
I have played many wonderful spaces. I also believe that any given space has the potential of
instantly firing up depending on the energy brought in by the music and by people who attend... So
with that in mind, any given space with a descent sound system and a fun, music loving, crowd,
can become a favorite.
4).What would we be surprised to find on your iPad?
Don't own one
5). If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...
...doing something else, probably listening to music
6).A phrase I use far too often is...
... so what now
7) I wish people would take more notice of...
Actually I wish “more” people would take notice of, what is coming out of the speakers, when
attending a dance party of their choice, instead of strictly focusing on their drinks and visual
9). A common misperception of me is...
That lots of people think my given name is Achilles
10). I am not a politician but...
Somebody please! ...stop this world madness
11. I am very good at....
Making scrambled eggs
12. I am very bad at..
13. The best age to be
Wouldn’t know haven't reached it yet, will have to get back at you on that
14. In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:
All we are after or in need of is out there, all it takes is reaching out
15. Some of my hobbies are:
Riding my bicycle, wood work... last is, when inspired
16. How would you describe your personality?
In many ways similar but also in others very different to yours, to hers, to his.
17. If you could cook dinner for any one person, who would it be and what would you cook?
Love cooking for my daughter, do it very often.
18.How do you make a difference among other musicians?
I am not a musician, I use other peoples music in an extended long play edit, with which I feel I
could please dancers at that given moment. Now on how do I differ to others with similar approach
to music, `I approach the matter from a different perspective
19. What is producing/ djying to you?
Haven't produced music, but I fiddle alot with my own edits on pieces of already published music
20. On a scale from one to ten rate me as an interviewer
It will have to be a 7........
Akylla's Top Ten of all times.. in random order
1. Freddie' Dead - Curtis Mayfield
2. Is this love- Bob Marley & The Wailers
3. Computer World - Kraftwerk
4.Great Mission- Yello
5.Matress - Fela Kuti
6.Summer madness- Kool & The Gang
7.Everybody loves the sundhine - Roy Ayers
8.You and the music - Donald byrd
9.Make it last forever (levan mix) - Inner Life
10.Cherish The Day - Robert Glasper & Lalah Hathaway