Akira the Don: The DJ of the Intellectual Dark Web (HEx Podcast #20)
Akira is something of a musical-philosophical wizard. He's been called the DJ of the Intellectual Dark Web and is the innovator of a new genre of music called Meaningwave. He samples Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, Jordan Peterson, Hunter S. Thompson, David Foster Wallace, Elon Musk, Jock Willink, David Goggins, and a variety of other philosophers, thinkers, artists, and inspiring figures. And he synchronizes these samples in delicious ways with a wide array of gorgeous beats he conjures to create a uniquely enchanting and mind-expanding listening experience. His album 'The Path' with Jocko Willink has been particularly influential for me lately; it's a ridiculously motivational album and I highly recommend it, along with the rest of his work. We'll be interluding some of his music throughout this episode so you can get a taste of his art. Akira is an extraordinarily insightful and entertaining individual, and we had a lot of fun in this episode exploring a truly vast expanse of territory. We discuss everything from space migration and the Jungian shadow to transcendental experiences and the wonders of being alive in 2019. Without further ado, let's get into it; I hope you enjoy this technicolor journey as much as we did.