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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

TCD Exclusive Interview – 5StarAkil

5StarAkil - The PARTIER 

Akil is ready to take Trinidad carnival 2013 by storm, with his hit single Partier. Many may know Akil when he started off as a radio host and his dynamic team Akil and Associate Degree. Akil has come a long way and evolved into many facets of his career as being a successful radio personality, TV host, DJ, proud father and now recording artist. Partier isn't his first single, he has released music over the years such as his debut single Bumper, Up In The Rave and Pray.

Akil had a very unfortunate incident after finishing his radio show, where he was shot 5 times. He has overcome that obstacle and pressing forward with his career with faith and determination for success. Do you remember last year when the tabloids were gushing over Akil as Destra's supposed love interest? Well it was all acting as they were working together on her music video Good Love. You can get an insight of his unfortunate story in the clip.

Akil's plans include becoming more socially aware and spreading the message of responsibility to the youth. Relatable, style-conscious and forever grateful for his blessings which include his two sons & a budding career, Akil has his sights set TO THE WORLD…Are you buckled up? We had the opportunity to have this EXCLUSIVE interview with Mr Partier himself. Get to know him below.

Stage Name – 5StarAkil
Registered Name – Akil Borneo
DOB/Age – 28
Music Genre/s – Soca/Dancehall/Pop

When did you start off your musical career?
I started off my music career in 2008, and released my first single Bumper in 2010.

Who/What inspires you to become a better artist? (Locally and internationally)
Growing up I have had a lot of inspiration from many people, but musically I adore the work of Sizzla Kalonji and the legendary Bob Marley. In the Soca fraternity I have many favourites and admire what they do as artist because they are all unique in different ways; Machel, Bunji , Desrta and Maximus Dan.

Do you have a loyal support system/fan base?
Yes, starting off my career as a radio personality I have gained so much love and support by the loyal listeners of my radio show and supporters of Akil and Associate Degree back in the day. These fans have stuck with me throughout the success and low points in my career and I am grateful for such. I would like to say thank you to all old and new fans for believing in me and my craft as radio personality, entertainer and artiste.

If you had to choose a name for your fans, what would they be called? E.g (Beyoncé – beehive, Rihanna – Navy,  Lady Gaga – Monsters etc.)
It would definitely be “5Star Fans” without a doubt. Lol

How have social media Facebook, Twitter & YouTube) help advance your career?
Social media connects the world with the touch of a button. Everything you need to know globally is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These mediums have opened doors and make it easier to connect on a personal level with supporters. I can now reach out to my supports all over the world and gain new ones by tweeting with a hastag #5StarAkil .

Has the use of iTunes, amazon music, ReverbNation and other music websites help boost international recognition?
I recently started suing iTunes and it is a good marketing tool in terms reaching an international base. I would like to see this become a standard in T&T where fans of any artiste can purchase music in support of us musicians.  I have seen purchases of my music in the US and Europe, so my music is getting out there.

What is your greatest accomplishment as a musician to date?
After being shot and away from the industry for almost two years has made me appreciate so much more in life. I was unable to do what I love the most, which is entertain. Therefore making my return into the industry continuing with my craft and  with a major hit (PARTIER) is definitely the a highlight and great accomplishment for me.

Do you think the local radio stations give your song/s enough airplay?
Yes! Partier is on every radio station. This song is a Hit! Most successful song to date and I must thank God, Ghost Writers, Sheriff Music, Samuel Jack, the radio stations and my supporters for that.

Can we expect a video for PARTIER?
We are working on the video right now. Just a few more scenes to be shot and it would be released soon.

What can we expect from you for Carnival 2013?
Partier Vibes! Lol

Are you entering Groovy Soca Monarch?
Of course, look out for me and come show your support. It’s all about the partier vibes.

What are your plans beyond Trinidad Carnival 2013?
Partier going worldwide, it’s not just a carnival song. You would definitely hear more from me throughout the year as we are in talks to do another single on a summer riddims.

5StarAkil - Partier

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