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How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
It varies because sometimes if I come up with an idea for a lyric I will write it down no matter where I am at or what I am doing. I used to only be able to write and be most creative when I was in the bathroom. I used to just lock myself in the bathroom because it was the only place where nobody would come to bother me.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Engaging the ears of the listeners, whether that’s through telling some type of story or super creative metaphors and wordplay. But, I feel like that aspect is something you either have or you don’t.

Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I used to be when it was only my friends listening, because I was afraid of being judged. Now, I have realized that there is so much power in revealing those personal things and being vulnerable. Me being vulnerable has allowed me to connect to my fans on a deeper level. I never realized the impact it would have, and hope I am able to help my fans who are going through similar situations.

What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
All of them.

What inspired “Broken,” your forthcoming single?
There was a girl in my life at the time. It was the first girl I thought I ever loved, and it was my first heartbreak. I gave a lot of myself to somebody who gave me nothing in return. It was definitely a vulnerable situation, but I’ve grown from it …and the music slaps ‘cause of it.

And “Don’t Look Down”?
I wrote that one for my Mom. With everything going on, I could see she was getting nervous about my career. I don’t think she thought it was something she’d ever have to comprehend. There are so many different things changing in my life right now and so many new people that I am meeting. It can be super overwhelming, and as any mother would, she worries about me.

Do you remember the day you wrote “Love Me”?
Yes, it was at the studio with my boys Jimmy Duval and Arnold (arnoldisdead). It was actually the first time I had met and worked with them. They both produced my song “Love Me” at their studio in the hills. I just remember having such a positive energy in the studio,much like every session with those guys afterwards.

When can we expect new music?
Just know I am always in the studio. I’m excited for the releases I have planned. As of right now I have a few major releases that I am focused on.

What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
Stop thinking, be more instinctual. I use to overthink my writing so much and worry a lot about how what I was writing was going to be perceived by the world. Honestly, now I just write and talk about whatever is important to me at the time.

What are your plans for 2019?
I’m sooo stoked for 2019! We have a LOT more music dropping this year. I’ve been getting the opportunity to do more interviews like this! Which is something I’ve always wanted to do more of. I’m also going on my first tour ever, the ‘No Rest Tour 2019.’ It’s a countrywide tour from April 14th until May 5th. I’m so stoked for it!

For AK’s “No Rest Tour 2019” dates, tickets and information, please visit: www.officialak.com

To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:

  • Define in one word your song “Broken”: Honest.
  • The best show you ever played: Every city has their own energy, but if I had to choose my favorite so far it’d be Jersey. It was so sick having my very first show be at home.
  • The one thing that you must have with you backstage: A speaker to listen to music to get in the right headspace.
  • The soundtrack of your childhood: All Star by Smash Mouth …Specifically because it was the big song in Shrek and my baby self was obsessed with that movie.
  • Your favorite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Let Nas Down by J. Cole
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