How did you come by your stage/band name?
Our band name is AK87. A and K are the first letters in both of our names and we were born in 1987. So it felt pretty obvious that we should call ourselves AK87. We think it’s a fitting name for a gangsta rap group.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
K: I played in various punk and hardcore bands in my early teens but fell in love with hip-hop when I was 17. Started producing beats and rapping with a classmate. He put the mic on the shelf but I continued with the music myself until I met A-Rokk.
A: I’ve always wanted to make music but haven’t had the opportunity to do it myself. Then I met K-Dawg and we started to make music together.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
In the beginning, we were very inspired by NWA, Eazy E, Ice Cube, and West Coast hip-hop in general. But now that our project has developed, we find inspiration in everything, not just hip-hop.
AK87 Interview with Muzique Magazine
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
It started as a fun thing about 10 years ago and we were only going to record 2-3 songs. Then I upgraded my studio and we re-recorded the same songs and had so much fun that we decided to record an EP. We recorded more and more songs and now we are in the process of completing a full album.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
We have a hard time finding time to record songs as we both have full-time jobs and families to attend to. But once we find time to get together and record music, we are unstoppable.
What are your plans for the near future?
The plan for the future is to finish the record and then continue recording songs. We will release a double single with two songs that will not be on the record, and maybe release an EP at the same time as the record containing remixes and songs that we will not include on the record.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shoutouts?
Thanks to everyone who listens and supports us.
How can fans find you?
On Spotify, Youtube Music, iTunes, and other music streaming services.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Do what you find fun and are comfortable with. We think the most important thing is that you have fun.