Artist: Akie Bermiss
Akie Bermiss, with his affable disposition, glasses, and healthy ’do of cascading dreads that drape down to his shoulders, is unabashedly a self-professed nerd to the nth degree. Since early childhood Akie has been an obsessed science fiction aficionado. Yet he does have an artist-friendly façade and has managed to cultivate and live a double-life as a thriving music protégé, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and emerging solo artist. Akie kicked off his 2017 touring schedule playing keyboards and providing backing vocals for veteran indie multi-genre band Lake Street Dive on their national concert tour and in support of their latest CD, “Side Pony.”
Akie is a Brooklyn native raised in a musical household full of jazz and politics fueled by his former-activist mom and dad. His raucous, guttural and soulful vocals are a delectable fusion of Donny Hathaway and Tom Waits. He’s equally adept singing neo-soul, funk, contemporary jazz, alternative rock, and hip-hop. Over the past half a dozen years, he has become a visible contributor to the fertile Brooklyn music scene as a musician, songwriter or featured vocalist with a collective of upstart groups such as FutureSoul band Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the “Hip-Hop Violinist”) and rap sensation Soul Khan. He also birthed the Akie Bermiss Trio, independently released his first self-titled solo EP (via Rockwood Records in 2014) and he continues to mine a loyal fan base by performing frequently at cutting-edge venues like Rockwood Music Hall, The Falcon, BAMcafé, The Apollo Cafe, and more.
To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order; to his enemies, a musical charlatan of the basest variety. Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick,” out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.
- Brooklyn, NY
- Akie EP (solo EP on Rockwood Records)#basedonatruestory (EP released 1.23.28. Produced by Ray Angry)
Lake Street Dive