FAQ: We do not have a manager or label. This gets asked frequently. We are on the hunt, though, as we’ve been running the show on our own and it’s a crazy world.
“AKW is a band that at first blush might be mistaken for a singer-songwriter venture fronted by a wallfower. Make no mistake though, this is powerful, vulnerable, expansive stuff.”
- James Dineen, Sessions From The Box
AKW, an on-trend indie band from Los Angeles, is made up of three talented individuals. Alex Wisner on keys and vocals, Adam Cude on guitar, and Daniel Donayre on percussion create the unique trio who bring us a full-bodied and almost ethereal sound, similar to Youth Lagoon, Twin Oaks, and Karen O.
Alex Wisner started out in The Tints with Alex on keys and vocals, Harely Viera Newton on guitar and vocals, and Clara Balzary (Flea of RHCP’s daughter) on drums. They released two original EP’s and headlined several Neon/Indie 103 Key Club shows. In addition, Vincent Gallo personally selected them to share the stage with The Zombies, Yoko Ono, Autolux, PJ Harvey, and Prefuse 73 at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in England. They also made appearances in Teen Vogue, The LA Times, and mentions in Rolling Stone magazine.
Alex later recreated herself into a group that is now AKW. They’ve released an album, two EP’s and on top of shooting two music videos, their single “Evergreen” from their Last Lines EP has been added to one of Ford’s car campaigns.
In 2013, AKW went on a Fall Tour playing in the Pacific Northwest promoting Falling Whistles and a majority of shows in fan’s homes and backyards, warehouses, parks, etc.
AKW’s newest EP “To Be Alive” was funded by a Kickstarter that raised over $8,000 and has been promoted by Skrillex. This EP has been recorded with Tom McFall, who has engineered material for Regina Spektor and Weezer and produced material for Stars, etc.
Not only is this band a must-listen for all indie-music lovers, they’re relatable through their honest, heartfelt lyrics and can draw in any crowd. Whether the song is upbeat and catchy like “Evergreen”, or emotional and raw like “Hello”, AKW knows how to tug on the heartstrings of listeners and leave them wanting more.
- Natalie Jean Hagen