The DJ-Foodie Anakyn Dishes On Fine Cuisine, Nicky Romero And Tommy Trash

Sometimes it only takes one great song to catapult you to fame. Just ask Avicii... and house producer-DJ Anakyn whose single "Point Blank (Love Is Blind)" has already caught the attention of some high-profile players in the industry, with remixes and edits by Nicky Romero and Walden. VIBE had a quick chat with this notorious "foodie" (just take a look at his Facebook) to get a premiere look at the rising artist, including a brooding dark side...

VIBE: If you can compare your sound to any culinary dish, what would it be and why?
Anakyn: Mixed Grill! A bit of everything but always satisfying.

Judging by your Instagram pictures you appear to be quite the “foodie.” Do you happen to throw down culinary confections on top of beats, and if so, what’s your favorite dish to make?
I've been rumbled haven't I? Yes I'm very much a "foodie". I love to make healthy snacks to have while I'm in the studio. I find fast foods make me sluggish, and drowsy (mind you there is always room for a few naughty sweets once and again). Favorite dish would be Belly Pork - leave it in the oven for eight hours, and once you have finished the day in the studio, it’s good to go.

Where does the name “Anakyn” derive from. Do you also happen to be “Star Wars” fan or was it just coincidence?
For legal reasons it has nothing to do with "Star Wars"! Only joking. I came across it by chance as it was the name of a race horse. I thought it was a cool name and it really hooked me in. But I may still have a dark side.

Tell us about the track that got your recognized - “Point Blank (Love Is Blind).” Where did this single stem from? Was it inspired by a romance close to home?
Point Blank was written a good few months back now. At the time I was writing a lot of "EDM" for other artists, and was becoming very inspired by the soaring melodies and harmonies, hence "Point Blank" was created. The vocal came about with FFRR teaming me up with the talented Fabio Lendrum, and he laid down the incredibly catchy "Love Is Blind" vocal.

What was it like having Nicky Romero involved on the track?
It was great to have Nicky involved with the release. He's unstoppable at the moment and releasing some fantastic music, so I was excited that he was doing a remix of "Point Blank". He did exactly what was needed and beefed up the original with his own stamp: big kicks and risers, plus an artistic twist on the melody. I was very honored that he had put his name to my track.

Who else would like to collaborate with as you rise in your career? A rapper?
A few people are really nailing it for me at the moment, Tommy Trash being one of them. Everything he does at the moment works for me. Feed Me is also smashing it; "Love Is All I Got" is just one of those records you wish you had written. The same can be said for Porter Robinson & Zedd, both writing some great records, very melodic and right up my street. As far as collaborating with a rapper I'm open to all kinds of new things, I've actually written and produced a few records for up-and-coming UK rapper called "Chet Mega," so watch out for him.

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“Let me start by just acknowledging that we have seen, in the last few months, the kinds of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as anything that I’ve seen in my life,” said Obama. “Although all of us have been feeling pain and certain disruption, some folks have been feeling it more than others. Most of all the pain that’s been experienced by the families [of] George [Floyd], Breonna [Taylor], Ahmaud [Arbury], Tony [McDade], Sean [Reade], and too many others to mention.”

To the families directly affected by racial violence and police brutality Obama added, “Please know that Michelle and I, and the nation grieve with you, hold you in our prayers. We're committed to the fight of creating a more just nation in the memory of your sons and daughters.”

The ex-commander in chief went on to speak about institutional racism, and what he believes to be the bright side to the recent tragedies, namely in that young people have been galvanized and mobilized into taking action. “Historically so much of the progress that we’ve made in our society [have] been because of young people. Dr. King was a young man, Ceasar Chavez was a young man, Malcolm X was a young man. The leaders of the feminist movement, union movements, the environmentalist movements, and the movement to make sure that the LGBTQ community had a voice, were young people.”

Obama also addressed the “young men and women of color” around the country, who have witnessed too much violence and death. “I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter.”

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Additional town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

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Since before the days of Rodney King, this is nothing new. We’ve been here before, one too many times in Black history. Yet, we’ll continue to tell our often overlooked and untold stories within Black culture through the lens of facts and feelings. Although we’ve always made this our mission for nearly three decades, we’ll continue to stand in the fact that Black Lives Matter.

Today, we join #TheShowMustBePaused movement in honor of the one too many sisters and brothers lost to police brutality and systemic racism. Our support includes ceasing the production of content for #BlackOutTuesday. Please take a moment to practice self-care, and find ways to lend your voice and power to make “justice for all” ring true.

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