Happy to say we are back with a chat with one of our latest THV members and super talented producer AKAY. The Malaysian born, self-proclaimed fashion lover is based in Manchester, UK and has been blessing our airwaves for about a year now and we just have to show our appreciation for his musical flair. AKAY, real name Jed, is a 17-year-old Trap, Future and Chill creator. Which is an unfair limitation on his diversity as a producer because to be honest his authentic sounds vary from each release, making him one of the most exciting up and coming members of the SoundCloud community.
In my opinion, he creates atmospheres with his music that draw you into not just a listening experience but also an adventure of emotions. Recently his progress has been making strides, and being noticed by the masses, including an amazing feature on BBC Introducing for his latest stunning release. ‘just for fun w/ yourgirllacy’ a mellow, chillwave track with hard hitting hats and beautiful vocal samples throughout, with lead vocals from the talented ‘yourgirllacey’
Also on the roster of awesome labels Rare Conspiracy and Flow Theory, AKAY is progressing into live shows and is certain to bring his sound to life at future performances. Jed is a genuinely nice person and a real music lover, focusing on improving his craft and making the best possible music, so it was a pleasure to have a little chat and find out more for our audience.
TreeHouse talks to AKAY
TREEHOUSE: Could you introduce yourself, and tell us where you are from and your age?
AKAY: Hey! My name is Jed Stewart-Ng, I am a 17 year old producer that goes under the alias of AKAY and I am half British and half Malaysian/Chinese
TREEHOUSE: When and why did you start making music?
AKAY: Umm I started making music about a year ago, but I got really serious about it around march, I started making music just because I love it, I love being able to express myself through what I make and its really fun!
TREEHOUSE: What kind of sound or style would you say you have?
AKAY: Haha this is a hard one for me, I’d say in general all my songs are heavily percussion based since I’m a drummer, but I like to switch it up between chill smooth music and the hard hitting stuff you would find being played at a show.
TREEHOUSE: Does your environment influence your music?
AKAY: I wouldn't say so tbh it definitely does when I go to visit home in Malaysia, I always tend to make jungle-y music when I am there haha
TREEHOUSE: For anyone who doesn't know, tell us a normal week for AKAY
AKAY: College, music, producing and buying fresh garms hahaha
TREEHOUSE: Who are your musical and non musical influences?
AKAY: Musical influences definitely Ekali, he is my favourite producer of all time haha, I really like the British guys like; SG Lewis, Mura Masa, Troyboi, Sam Gellaitry and oshi. I don’t know it’s something about them coming from where I am makes it seem possible and influences me to get to their level. Non-musical influences would be my friends for sure, I’d really like to prove myself to them and show them that I’m not just that kid that made music anymore, and show them that I can actually do it
TREEHOUSE: What equipment and music programs do you use to create?
AKAY: Macbook pro, Ableton 9.5, my Audio Technica headphones and my Akai MPK mini midi keyboard.
TREEHOUSE: Tell me, what’s a production day like for you?
AKAY: Hmm I wouldn’t call it a production day haha I literally can only produce at night for some reason, but first id listen to a few songs and then suddenly an idea will spark, usually I’d start with drums in the drop and then the melody and then from there on out its just non stop production until I finish the song that same night haha
TREEHOUSE: Favourite artist right now?
AKAY: I’ve been listening to loads of this guy called "pools" he makes like chill beach music and I love it
TREEHOUSE: I think you show your diversity with your tracks on SC, hard hitting trap and chilled wave music at times, what is your preferred style to create?
AKAY: Haha thank you! It’s hard to say, I think it all depends on the idea I have a lot of fun making both especially if I can make them work well.
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing you can't live without?
AKAY: Water... keeps me hydrated
TREEHOUSE: What's one thing on your bucket list?
AKAY: Umm probably play a festival
TREEHOUSE: Favourite track right now?
AKAY: "blue" by pools
TREEHOUSE: Favourite childhood TV show?
AKAY: Avatar: The Last Airbender was the GOAT, I loved that show.
TREEHOUSE: Hard question, but what is the favourite track you have done?
AKAY: I’ve had the most fun making the song "can't breathe" with miyagi. He and I work so well together and the song is so heavily percussion based which is my favourite thing to do.
TREEHOUSE: What Instruments do you play and one instrument you wish you could play?
AKAY: I’ve been playing drums since I was like 4 or something like that, I can play all percussion as well, but I wish I could play piano it would come in handy so much haha, or saxophone just to play "careless whisper" by George Michael hahahaha
TREEHOUSE: In terms of your music, what are you trying to accomplish?
AKAY: I’m just trying to get better by the day, I love the feeling of putting out a track and getting positive feedback, so I guess I’m just trying to become a better version of me.
TREEHOUSE: 3 facts we wouldn't know about AKAY?
AKAY: Hahaha lets see... I really like fashion, I am a hopeless romantic lol oh and growing up on an island I've learnt to hate sand haha
TREEHOUSE: If you could end your worldwide tour in 3 places overseas, what 3 places would you chose?
AKAY: LA for sure just because its thriving musically over there and it’s a personal goal to play in LA, Tokyo would be really fun to end in as well, I love Japanese food haha, and Penang (island in Malaysia where I grew up) something about ending my tour with my family, friends and all that and showing them how far I have come really gets to me and I think it would be special.
TREEHOUSE: Other passions beside music?
AKAY: Fashion, gaming and football.
TREEHOUSE: What can you tell us about future projects?
AKAY: I’ve got loads of cool music coming soon that I am really proud of!
TREEHOUSE: Do you believe that the Future scene will keep progressing and growing?
AKAY: Hmmm its hard to say, personally I feel like things have gotten too experimental to the point where its like a task to listen to music, I think if you were going to listen to music it should be something that comes easy if that makes sense, so I feel a step back rather than a step forward would be better tbh.
TREEHOUSE: Name one artist or collective who you want to point out to our audience?
AKAY: Damn I can’t name one, shouts to Rare Conspiracy fam! Loads of guys on that team making movements, shouts to dimebag and THV's Anh they have both really helped me progress and I cant thank them enough, and also shouts to Patrick Wiley, he’s rebranding soon and the stuff he has shown me is crazy, watch out for this kid for sure.
TREEHOUSE: Who would you love to work with dead or alive?
AKAY: EKALI EKALI EKALI EKALI EKALI EKALI EKALI
Thank you for this interview it has been a real pleasure.
Special thanks to Jed for taking time to chat to us. Wish him a successful and productive end of the year, look out for all his future releases!
- AKAY -
- EDITOR -