AKIVA

AKIVA

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"His music is so addicting that we constantly have his cds playing in the office. We loved having him at St. Joseph's!" - St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY "We're already looking for another event to bring him back to campus" - University of Arkansas

Biography

Performing Songwriter says: "It may be difficult to define Akiva's music, but no matter what you call it, we promise you're going to dig it."

Akiva's music career began while playing Counting Crows covers for classmates at UMASS. A neurobiology major, he pushed any ideas of a serious music career out of his head as he pursued his original dream of becoming a brain surgeon. But while studying abroad, Akiva found himself spending more time playing gigs in English Pubs and popping up on local radio than dissecting gray matter.

Eventually settling back in New York, Akiva hit the local music scene with more enthusiasm than ever, bringing his mellow soul to such sought-after venues as New York's Knitting Factory (where he performed to a sold out crowd), The Bitter End and the Tribeca Rock Club.

A chance encounter with producer Phil Jimenez (Wheatus) at a friend's backyard wedding led to Akiva's critically acclaimed debut release, " Bueno Y Sano". As one DJ put it, "it's one of those CDs you don't want to let your friend borrow. Laid back groove and muy caliente!" (UTA Radio).

With numerous fans from around the world, Akiva is no longer just a well-known local fixture. As word about his infectious sound continues to spread, radio stations from Santa Monica to Boston add gems from Bueno Y Sano to their play lists.


With the release of The Hermosa EP, Akiva continues to expand his musical horizons. With a chilled out surf sound, this is Akiva's finest work to date. Discovering Artists says: "...this album will propel his career...a dazzling collection of tracks."

Akiva has become a sought after opener for acts like RUSTED ROOT, JOSH KELLEY, INGRAM HILL, TOBY LIGHTMAN, RON SEXSMITH and has showcased at numerous conferences from Atlantis ( Atlanta) to the Midwest Music Summit (Indianapolis). His music is also featured on various compilations from Sonicbids Listen Volume 1 to Decent Xposure.

Highlights:

• On Feb 28th, 2007, Akiva performed live on the Number One Acoustic Pod cast on iTunes, Acoustic Long Island. This pod cast is heard by over 11k listeners around the globe.

• Bueno Y Sano received rave reviews in the nationally syndicated magazine, Performing Songwriter, December 2006.

• Featured artist in Sunny Delight's Summer 4 Ever: Road Trip 06, with Michael Tolcher & others! 25,000 compilation CD's distributed in over 80 US Markets.

• Has received National airplay on over 100 college & public stations (charted #1 Evansville, IN - #7 Georgetown, DE - #8 Santa Monica, CA).

• Selected to Showcase at NACA Mid-America 2007, NEMO 2006 Music Festival in Boston and many others

• Featured performer on RealMagicTV.com. Past featured performers include John Mayer, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, O.A.R and others

• Featured Act on ArizonaJeans.com

• Featured in FHM Magazine

• On Garageband.com's TOP 10 Charts for over 16 Weeks!!!

COLLEGE PERFORMANCES:
Bates College
Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Western Connecticut State University
Wheaton College
Penn College Of Technology
Boston University
University Of Delaware
East Stroudsburg University
Babson College
Stevenson University
St. Joseph's College Brooklyn
Manhattan College
Elizabethtown College
Sacred Heart University
Rutgers University New Brunswick
Depauw University
Furman University
College Of William And Mary
Muskingum College
University Of Arkansas
Carthage College

Lyrics

Babylon

Written By: Akiva

BABYLON
This is the first time in a
long long while
That I'm standing in front of you my child
I guess all my guessing has got me nowhere
All my dreams have left me here

Babylon Babylon
Where can you be
Are you holding my golden
Six string

Well I worked until I bled
Then I let my love pass over my head
Down this long and lifted land
To the railroad graveyard guitar land

Babylon Babylon
Where can you be
Are you holding my golden six string melody
Babylon Babylon
Where can you be
Are you holding my golden six string melody

Eyes wide open looking up
But could not see oh not nearly enough
Sit around sit around and cry

This is Life

Written By: Akiva

THIS IS LIFE
Billy's got his new girlfriend
And he likes her
And she really likes him
He remembers being lonely so he's wishing
She will never leave

But sometimes it's impossible to tell
And august leaves you inside out
And you're thinking
But you think what the hell
Why is this so different today

This is life
You've got to live it
No matter what anybody else says
You've got to give a damn
And it's always a matter of stand and deliver
I'm sure

Betty's thinking why this time
All the souls collected and you had to choose mine
Now I'm left standing on my own two feet
Can't you take this life and make it complete

But sometimes it's impossible to tell
And august leaves you inside out
And you're thinking
But you think what the hell
Why is this so different today

It's just life
You've got to live it
No matter what anybody else says
You've got to give a damn
And where did you come from
And where do we all go to

It's just life
You've got to live it
No matter what anybody else says
You've got to give a damn
And it's always a matter of stand and deliver
I'm sure time and time again you'll see

The First Place

Written By: Akiva

We are living on invention
Cars and chemicals and radio waves
We were just kids at heart
Out on the street we'd laugh
And you can remember all those times like yesterday

But don't you stop
No, cause this is not the end
And don't you forget about
All the things that brought you in

The first place
In the first place

People say there would be nothing
Changing time to only change your ways
We were just kids at heart
Out on the street we'd laugh
And I can remember all those times like yesterday

But don't you stop
No, cause this is not the end
And don't you forget about
All the things that brought you in

The first place
In the first place

Six Miles

Written By: Akiva

Six miles from heaven
Is an oceanless despair
If you set your soul to zero
You'll get there

Six miles from heaven
Ain't the glorious divine
I can feel their golden presence
Shaking mine

There's different types of angular degrees
And you may think that I'm completely seventies
But that's just a game for me

Stop, watch how they glow
Do they even know
They're something that's beautiful
And I wish I could see
All these resolutions
Each new year has taken from me

Sometimes it's special
And other's its just bland
You can look outside your window
And take my hand
Every single hour
There's a new one coming round
You can look outside your doorway
And shake this down

There's different types of angular degrees
And you may think that I'm completely nineties
But that's just a game for me

Stop, watch how they glow
Do they even know
They're something that's beautiful
And I wish I could see
All these resolutions
Each new year has taken from me

Bandage on my Brain

Written By: Akiva

Another minute in my mind
Could stretch out twenty years in time
Another wave, another kiss
I'm never good at promises

Another minute in my mind
Could stretch out twenty years in time
A few more battles to be won
Before I'm proud to say I'm done

Oh and it's hard to be
Something someone said you oughta be
Baby that's just plain tomfoolery
Be a witch and not a wannabe

Well I can't lie I've had some help
Between the coral and the kelp
I always guessed that I could swim
Until you pushed me flat in

Baby it's hard to be
Something someone said you oughta be
I know that's just plain tomfoolery
Be a witch and not a wannabe
Another minute in my mind
Could stretch out twenty years in time
I hope this drink will ease the pain
Another bandage on my brain

Oh and it's hard to be
Something someone said you oughta be
You know that's just plain tomfoolery
Be a witch and not a wannabe
Another minute in my mind
Could stretch out like twenty years in time
I hope this drink will ease the pain
Another bandage on my brain

Holler Hermosa

Written By: Akiva

Holler Hermosa

I hate that the computer is the center of my universe
I’m soley side-affected by this black hole tug
The sitting hours of multi-everything
Akiva’s ass is withering
If you pulled out the chair I think I’d bounce then sleep

But I
Am getting ready now
Oh I
Am getting ready now

Cause I’m a keystroke away from my own microchip
And if you set it in my skin I think I couldn’t survive without it
You could press a little button and my toes would raise
I’ll be your robot for the evening if you promise to behave

Oh but what if fiction is a preview of the coming curse
And we’d all be terminated, frozen
Less better than worse

So maybe I’ll just go out running
On a distant strand
And we could all
Holler Hermosa
And get naked in the sand

Oh Oh Oh

But what if fiction is a preview of the coming curse
We’d all be terminated, frozen
Less better than worse

So maybe I’ll just go out running
On a distant strand
And we could all
Holler Hermosa
And get naked in the sand
So maybe I’ll just go out running
On a distand strand
And we could all
Holler Hermosa
And the sunset in the promised land

So maybe I’ll just go out running
On a distant strand
And we could all
Holler Hermosa
And get naked in the promised land

I Keep Calling You

Written By: Akiva

Baby girl
Did I step over the line
Try to talk to you every time
You won't listen
To anything I say

I keep calling you, but you're not home
Can't seem to get your name out of my stupid phone
But no matter how I cry
No matter how I shout
All my friends are saying that we gotta work it out

Girl
I know that times have been tough
Though I tried it's never enough
But I wanted
To make this thing work

I keep calling you, but you're not home
And though your message is so clever baby pick up the phone
I'd climb the highest hills
I wouldn't eat for a while
Anything to bring me that sugar sweet smile

I keep calling you, but you're not home
And I need to get back into your heart and your home
I'm no good by myself
I'm a mess on my own
Girl you got your point across
Now pick up the phone

You can't fight the truth
You know that inside you need this too
I don't need to think too hard to know
That look in your eyes it tells me so

Girl, wouldn't it be my luck
When I talk to you my words get stuck
And I can't, no I just can't get it out

I keep calling you, but you're not home
And I need to get back into your heart and your home
There's no need to be scared
Don't trip the alarm
Forget your worries and pick up the phone

I keep calling you, but you're not home
Girl you left me in the gutter when are you coming home
I'm no good by myself, I'm a mess on my own
Baby girl you got your point across now pick up the phone

I keep calling you, but you're not home
Do I need to get your name out of my stupid phone
But no matter how I cry, no matte how I shout
Everybody's telling me we gotta work it out

I keep calling you, but you're not home
And I need to get back into your heart and your home
I'm no good by myself
I'm a mess on my own
Baby girl you got your point across now pick up the phone

Discography

1) If I Didn't Work Nights (coming 2009) - produced by Philip Jimenez (Wheatus)

2) The Hermosa EP (2005) - produced by Philip Jimenez (Wheatus)

3) Bueno Y Sano (2004)- produced by Philip Jimenez (Wheatus)

4) Featured on Sonicbids: Listen Volume 1 Compilation (2005)

5) Featured Non Profit Promotion's Hurricane Relief Compilation (2005)

6) Featured on Alternative Addiction: The Addiction V.2 Compilation (2004)

7) Featured on the Official Atlantis Music Conference Compilation (2004)

8) Featured on DecentXposure:Vol 2 Compilation (2003)

Set List

Akiva's upbeat & lively groove 101 consists of mostly original pop/rock songs - from the wildly popular "Babylon" off off his debut CD Bueno Y Sano to unrecorded crowd favorites like "6 Miles" - Akiva easily keeps audiences on their toes, 1-3 hours at a time. Akiva is available as a solo acoustic act or with an engaging five piece band. Our rates are negotiable.

Original Songs may include:
Bablyon
Laughing Tuesday's Gone
This is Life
Ireland
Ordinary Rockets
Black & White
Faithful
Home
George Lucas
6 Miles

Occasional Covers:
#41 - Dave Matthews Band
Lover Lay Down - Dave Matthews Band
Omaha - Counting Crows
Hold On - Sarah McLachlan
Sail Away - David Gray
I'll Be - Edwin Mccain