Speaker Boxxx 2012 Soca Calypso EP
Adil Karam, Ak the Artist, is currently one of the most widely acclaimed young artists in the United States Virgin Islands blazing up the airwaves and nightclubs with hit after mind-blowing hit in a relatively short space of time. Ak the Artist, whose name comes from his initials and his artistic ability, began his musical journey as a local DJ playing gigs while, along the way, building relationships with recording artists and professionals in the music industry. Soon after his DJ debut in September 2002, Ak the Artist established his very own home recording studio, Animosity Productions, where he composed and recorded songs for several up and coming artists. Over time, he consciously developed his recording, mixing, and mastering skills and soon brazenly branched off to become a recording artist himself, making his stage debut in February 2009. AK's goal was to cultivate a local fan base then strategically expand into other territories with the home fan base's support. Ak the Artist has been successfully featured on Akon's Hitlab.com for his riveting hit "You Are," which received a 97% rating from the website. In fact, Akon was quite impressed with AK's tonal quality and that earned Ak the Artist a live performance in November 2009, at one of Akon's showcases in Toronto, Canada, along with four other top artists from across the country. Locally, on St. Thomas, where Ak the Artist is based, he has been featured on many stage shows performing live alongside other top recording artists inclusive of Mr. Vegas, Demarco, Movado. On October 10th, 2010 (10.10.10), Ak the Artist released his debut mix-tape entitled, "The Perfect 10," which features 10 main tracks, 10 bonus tracks, and 10 music videos of his hit songs and live performances. The song that initially launched and catapulted Ak the Artist's musical career onto a spiral of success is "Roger Dat." This song was played by every local DJ and became an instant hit throughout the Caribbean, Florida, New York, Atlanta, and parts of the United Kingdom where soca/calypso music is prevalent. The music video for "Roger Dat" garnered much curiosity evidenced by the thousands of youtube.com hits it generated in a little under a week. In fact, Ak the Artist has triggered similar interest through several other music videos released under his video production label, Digitak Films, both online at various media outlets and on local cable television. Whether it is the quality of the productions, the controversial storylines, or the holistic impact of the songs themselves, Ak the Artist has managed to keep his fans on their toes anxiously awaiting the next music video to hit the airwaves. Ak the Artist lives up to the "The Artist" incorporated in his official name with compositions in a multifaceted realm of music genres including Hip Hop/ R&B/ Pop/ Soca/ Calypso / Reggae / and Dancehall. With this versatility, Ak the Artist transcends cultural boundaries and thus has a following that is very diverse. As a young man full of talent and appeal, he has a growing fan base of young and old who, whenever they see him, fervently scream his name fondly followed by "Roger Dat!"