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USPA NEWS - Exclusive interview with Anton Aktila - his promise to George Michael to produce the most amazing remix of 'Careless Whisper' giving it a modern twist while still respecting the original melody and concept. Aktila received permission to do a version of the song made famous by George Michael.
Aktila sang the theme song for Home and Away
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This week I had the honor to interview Australian singer and songwriter Anton Aktila better known for his voice in the opening minutes as the singer the theme song for the Australian Tv show - Home & Away. Anton is a member the famed vocal group - The Robertson Brothers.Winning over 20 ACE & Mo Awards combined.Anton has worked with some of Australia's most famous singers. I asked Aktila where his passion for music started? "I came from a very musical family and have spent life singing. Even from an extremely young age I was on stage singing with my father. I've been singing professionally since I was 13 yrs old. I guess it was around that age when I realized my real love for music. It's an obsession for me. I have been influenced by many singers but never really tried to copy any artist, I just worked on trying to be the best artist I could be",said Aktila.
I asked Aktila what advice he could give to any young artist starting out in such a daunting competitive industry?
"If you believe in yourself, then never take no for an answer. You will have many knock backs and disappointments, but if you truly love what you do, then you will never give up on your music. Work hard on your craft and try to work out who your target audience is and style yourself and your music to be marketable to that audience. Make sure when writing your music that you collaborate with writers who are more experienced than you as you will learn a lot from them".
BTS from the making of Careless Whisper
Source: Athena Arvanitis
What would you regard as your three proudest achievements? "I think my first major achievement was being a finalist on the TV show- Australian Idol, as it opened up many doors for me as an artist and gave me recognition. Because of that recognition I have worked alongside many great Australian singers, like Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and many many others. My second achievement was touring China and performing in front of 200,000 people. It was an amazing experience. Even though I have toured many places around the world, this is the biggest live audience I had sung in front of and has always stuck in my mind.
The third achievement would have to be recording and doing the film-clip for my new remake of George Michael's classic classic - Careless Whisper. It's one of my favourite songs and just like the TV show Australian Idol. I think this song will open many doors for me", smiled Aktila.
Fashionista Athena Arvanitis was contacted by Anton Aktila recently to add her 'Styling' experience to the models and design of the final cut video. "Working with Anton Aktila was a pleasure. Not only is he a talented artist but the day on set was a memorable one. I wanted to style both Anton and the model in a way that can represent George Michael in the most genuine way possible. Unique and classic", said Arvanitis.
Fashion Designer and Stylist Athena Arvanitis
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"Since recording the song Careless Whisper, I have been writing, writing, recording and more writing. I have also collaborated with some talented song writers and producers and have recorded a bunch of brand new original songs which will be released soon", said Aktila who went on to say , "I love fashion and jewellery, I love art, I love to draw and create cartoon characters, this is something I have done as long as my music, I even studied animation, I also love playing musical instruments, my main instrument other than my voice is the violin, but I'd say my biggest passion and love is my family and close friends".
Aktila studied music with his father who realized his raw talent from a very young age where he mentored and slowly prepared him for the stage by singing along side him and slowly building his confidence . By the age of 13 he was performing solo at venues and weddings.
Inspiration George Michael
I asked Aktila what styling advice he would give to upcoming musicians? “I think clothing, styling and image is a very important part of who I am as an artist. It's what makes you stand out from the rest and makes you original. This is something that I pride myself on, I try to style myself in a classy but funky way. Classy with a modern twist. I love fashion and think that it goes hand in hand with what I do as an artist, as a lot of the times people look to singers for their clothing inspiration and style”.
“I have always loved George Michael as an artist, even way back to his days in Wham. He was a great singer, song writer and an inspiration, even though he sang a very different style of music to me. He wrote some amazing songs, one of my favourites being - Careless Whisper. Which was the reason I had chosen to do an RnB remake, putting my own little twist on it while still respecting the original beauty of the song? I had received permission to do this song about 4 months before he died. I really hope that I have done it justice and that people love it as much as I do”, smiled Aktila.
"At the moment I'm just focusing on releasing one single at a time", said Aktila, "that way I can promote each song properly and do a great film-clip to compliment each track, eventually I will release an album. I have recorded so many songs that I really love, it's going to be hard to cut them down into one album. They are like you're children. Especially the way I write my songs, they are virtually an autobiography of my life. They are real stories that have happened to me or my friends. Life is my songwriting inspiration. Keep an ear out I have many new songs coming out soon."- Anton Aktila.
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