Artists

Some are soulful. Some are masters of the beat. Some are heroes of the rock world. No matter their background, these artists are innovative performers and producers who all rely on Akai Pro products to help create their signature sounds.

  • araabMUZIK

    araabMUZIK

    Aaraab Muzik came to prominence by dropping the freshest Dipset beats imaginable on his custom MPC2500. His popular You Tube videos are just the start for this MPC performer.

  • The xx

    The xx

    The xx’s unique sound befits a wide range of influences that include everything from Rhianna to The Cure to The Pixies to Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake. They also love their MPC500 and take it everywhere.

  • Foster The People

    Foster The People

    Foster the People is an L.A. based indie rock band that's showing up everywhere from SNL to a city near you. They also use the Akai Pro MPK61 performance keyboard controller. Check out our exclusive video interview with them!

  • NIN - Trent Reznor

    NIN - Trent Reznor

    Nine Inch Nails (NIN) has two Grammy Awards to its name, and Time magazine named Trent Reznor one of the most influential people in America in 1997. He's been using Akai Pro gear for years and Trent recently picked up an APC40.

  • Pete Townshend

    Pete Townshend

    This iconic singer, songwriter is the backbone of legendary rock band, The Who and a hugely successful solo artist. Pete tried the APC40 and admits he's addicted to it.

  • David Heartbreak

    David Heartbreak

    An avid user of the MPK25, Heartbreak's style combines a wide range of elements such as dubstep, electro, trance, future bass, kuduro, dutch house, and dancehall. As a recent signee to Skrillex's all star label OWSLA, Heartbreak is looking forward to the future and taking his innovative and evolving style along with him for the ride.

  • IZ Avila

    IZ Avila

    As one half of the acclaimed duo, The Avila Brothers, IZ Avila has had a huge influence on the sound of contemporary music. Known throughout the music industry as a master architect of innovative beats using his drum, bass and turntable skills, IZ Avila has produced tracks for many of the biggest names in music industry.

  • Keith Shocklee

    Keith Shocklee

    Keith Shocklee is not only an avid user of Akai Pro's APC40, MPK61, MPK mini and MPD16, he is also listed as one of the greatest producers in Hip Hop. Check out the list of artists he's produced including Janet Jackson, Run DMC and more.

  • Tim & Bob

    Tim & Bob

    The multi instrumentalist, Grammy winning production team of Tim & Bob have solidified themselves as the most consistent urban duo producers for 17 years running.

  • 3OH!3

    3OH!3

    3OH!3 doesn’t like to brag. Sean Foreman and Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Motte say that making their loud, distorted, electronic-pop music is not about the trophies and notoriety. No, forming 3OH!3 was always about something larger than themselves.

  • The Black Eyed Peas - Tim Izo Orindgreff

    The Black Eyed Peas - Tim Izo Orindgreff

    Tim Izo Orindgreff is a multi-instrumentalist in the Black Eyed Peas Band. He’s also an enthusiastic Akai Professional artist, performing with the MPC5000, MPK49, MPK25, LPK25, and EWI USB with the Peas. We spent some quality time with Izo.

  • Dj Sol Messiah

    Dj Sol Messiah

    Based in the Southern hip-hop hotbed of Atlanta, GA, Sol Messiah is a DJ and producer who has created and shaped tracks for the likes of Nappy Roots, Chamillionaire, Dead Prez, and many more.

  • Thaddeus Dixon

    Thaddeus Dixon

    Thaddeus Dixon began playing the drums at age 3 and quickly developed a passion for music with an extensive skill set. He has recorded and performed alongside the likes of NeYo, Talib Kweli, Sean Kingston, Ginuwine, and pop sensation Cody Simpson among many others. Thaddeus uses the Akai Pro Max49 and MPK25.

  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson began his musical journey as a child with a passion for drumming, laying down the beat in school and at church. We interview this MPC artist here so check it out.

  • Bernie Kenerson

    Bernie Kenerson

    Bernie Kenerson is recognized as a an innovator and master of the EWI. He has been playing electric wind instruments since 1978. He has three Art of the EWI releases that feature the EWI4000s and EWIUSB.

  • Brad Fernquist

    Brad Fernquist

    The Goo Goo Dolls have rocked audiences thanks in part to the talented work of guitarist Brad Fernquist. What you may not know is that he loves his MPC1000.

  • DâM-FunK

    DâM-FunK

    Known as Los Angeles’ “ambassador of boogie funk,” DâM-FunK represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. As a DJ/selector, DâM-FunK attracts the most discerning boogie funk afficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties.

  • DiViNCi

    DiViNCi

    As a founding member of the Orlando-based Hip Hop super-group Solillaquists of Sound, DiViNCi continues to use MPCs in ways that audiences the world over have never seen before.

  • Dj Dbefekt

    Dj Dbefekt

    This Akai Pro artist is making waves with not one or two, but three Akai Pro products. Learn more about what he's done with the APC40, MPK49 and MPD32.

  • Dj Nu-Mark

    Dj Nu-Mark

    Recognized for his work in Jurassic 5, Nu-Mark is responsible for half of the production of the gold-selling group’s body of work, and his innovative DJ routines and creative on-stage antics have made him a favorite of crowds all over the world.

  • DJ Wasabi

    DJ Wasabi

    To Australian hip-hop and dubstep heads, DJ Wasabi needs no introduction. An avid user of the MPK61 and MPC1000, DJ Wasabi is asked for by name and he thanks Akai Pro for being a big part of his arsenal.

  • BIG GIGANTIC

    BIG GIGANTIC

    Saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and Drummer Jeremy Salken are Big Gigantic. Their blend of thunderous bass, mind-bending beats and frenetic melodies all begin with the MPK25. This dynamic duo's transcendent live shows are a showcase of brilliant improvisation that always keep the crowd on its feet.

  • Doc Ish

    Doc Ish

    Artist and music producer Doc Ish is relatively new to all of the fame he acquired with his Grammy win for Eminem's "We Made You." That hasn't stopped him from driving even harder for more success.

  • Dub Gabriel

    Dub Gabriel

    Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Dub Gabriel is no stranger in the worlds of rock, dub, world and electronic music. With three full-length solo albums under his belt...

  • James Venable

    James Venable

    Multiple award-winning composer James Venable has scored films including Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl and most recently Zack and Miri Make a Porno and American Carol. James uses an MPC1000. See why in our interview.

  • Julien-K

    Julien-K

    Electronic music pioneers Julien-K are no strangers to Akai Pro gear. We caught up with Amir Derakh of Julien-K in this exclusive interview about and their use of the MPK49 on stage and in studio.

  • Justin Lassen

    Justin Lassen

    Justin Lassen has done a little bit of everything in his music career. He's also achieved his success while using Akai Pro's APC40 and MPK61 performance controller.

  • KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist who broke into the public eye with her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". She's won a BRIT Award, a Grammy Award nomination and uses the E2 HEADRUSH.

  • LowHero.DLL

    LowHero.DLL

    Jonathan Chalker has been creating and producing edgy electronic music since 1990. He proudly employs the MPK61 MIDI Performance Keyboard for all his audio compositions.

  • Mark Mahoney

    Mark Mahoney

    Mark Mahoney describes himself as an ambient/experimental musician, but often his music will embrace other genres as well. His compositions take the listener through mysterious inner journeys that have many musical twists and turns.

  • Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips

    Soulful and smart, Michael Phillips is a true entertainer, who has practically made a new expressive art form with his EWI4000s.

  • Sergio Flores

    Sergio Flores

    Sergio Flores is a trained multi-instrumentalist and EWI 4000s artist with over 16 years experience. After shooting a prank video as the character Sexy Sax Man, his video quickly went viral (now over 12 million views).

  • Steve Tavaglione

    Steve Tavaglione

    Musician/Sound Designer Steve Tavaglione is serious about music. How serious? He has worked on dozens of blockbuster films like the Finding Nemo, American Beauty, A Bug’s Life, and many more.

  • Stoni

    Stoni

    Known for her expertise in operating the MPC, Stoni has showcased her beats at major music industry events and trade shows. She's quickly become an industry guru on music production.

  • The Alchemist

    The Alchemist

    The Alchemist is a hip-hop producer who has produced for many of hip-hop's leading artists in the 2000s, and has been hailed as “one of the top producers in the game.” Whether or not you know his name, chances are, you know his work on some of the biggest projects by name-brand artists.

  • The One AM Radio

    The One AM Radio

    Hrishikesh Hirway has had a long music career, performing under "The One AM Radio". Living in the world of blending acoustic instruments and samples, he' uses the MPD26 performance controller.

  • Trans-X

    Trans-X

    Living on Video lit up dance floors around the world when it became an instant 80's dance hit. We spoke with Trans-X's Pascal Languirand about his recent use of the APC40. Read the interview to learn more.

  • Tricky Stewart

    Tricky Stewart

    Tricky Stewart has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher and Katy Perry. He uses the MPC and we interviewed him just for you.

  • Veela

    Veela

    Veela says she was influenced by Enya, Loreena McKinnit and Zara Tellander. Once she put those inspirations to her APC40, things really started taking off.