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Exclusive Interview: Catching Up With Walden Wesley

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Exclusive Interview: Catching Up With Walden Wesley

What first drew you into music production?

My father was a professional musician for his entire life. Watching him love everything about music from the sound itself to the behind the scenes creation of it really sparked my interest and made me feel as if I had some space here. Shortly after beginning to write, sing & rap is when everything began to make sense and take shape for me.
Your track “Bring it home to me” is very modern and sounds very professional. How did you achieve such a great signature sound in such a short time? Also, what is your creative processes like?
Thank you very much. I appreciate anybody who can appreciate my craft. What a lot of people don’t know is that I’ve been molding my sound since I was 12 years old. I wrote my first “song” (I guess technically is what you can call it) at that age. I began recording in my bedroom on an old desktop computer & a guitar hero microphone by 13. By 14, I had my first mixtape on datpiff. I’m 22 now. I had years of trial & error to find my comfort, to find my pocket. ‘bring it home to me’ was the culminating moment. My creative process is still to this day, is me in my bedroom, searching for the sound that matches my feeling. The most exciting part of being true to myself (meaning there’s no other person I long to be) is that I’m an ARTIST. There’s no box. there’s no ceiling. I wake up as a different variation of that artist every day. I hone in on how I feel in that moment & do my best to transfer that socially to my listeners.

You have released “Bring it home” only 3 months ago and already amassed 10’s of thousands of views! How does it feel to get such a warm welcome from the Soundcloud community?
That feeling is indescribable. Honestly. For years, I sat and wondered what it would feel like to have thousands of people genuinely rock with me. Now I know and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s a real life blessing and I do not take it for granted at all.
Going over your Soundcloud we noticed that you have a strong passion for Rap/Hip-hop and you even released a freestyle called “Wednesday” could you tell us more about your hip-hop roots?
I LOVE to rap. Hip-hop is the most interesting & freeing art form to me honestly. I did a weekend’s worth of chores in 2008 & made 15 dollars. I bought lil wayne’s album “tha carter III” and it completely opened my eyes to rap. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done my research & learned the roots of hip-hop & to this day I’m still immersed and intrigued by the culture. Coming from the small town where I grew up, when you tell people you’re a “rapper” you might not receive the warmest of welcomes so I ducked & danced around rapping for years. But being the adult I am now, I’m very proud of my hip-hop roots & will continue to rap & allow it to influence whatever style of music I continue to create. It’s poetry in it’s most interesting form.

Where do you see yourself in the future?
I see myself continuing to grow and work to outdo myself. I have so much more to do before I can even feel comfortable. I probably won’t even feel comfortable then. I want to be one of, if not THE biggest artists in the world. I want to inspire creatives to create based off of real life. Because real life isn’t always smiles & wins. Those things are real. they’re beautiful when obtained, but there’s art in your struggle & there’s art in your joy. Stay true to yourself. You’re the only you & that’s the advantage you have on everybody else.
 
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What are your goals for the new year, any upcoming projects we can get excited about?
I want to keep performing. that’s a huge thing for me. I want to get better at creating an experience live. There’s a rush that comes over me. I also want to stay consistent with my content that I put out. I have some new singles coming very soon. I’ll announce it officially here, I’m working on my next album titled “storyteller inadequate.” That I would like to have out by the end of this year. I won’t rush it though. My fan base is growing and I need to ensure that they’re getting the highest quality product from me. we live in a time where streaming makes music so easily accessible. Just as you begin digesting a body of work, someone else has another one right there, quick as a flash. I don’t want to be forgettable. I’m working hard so I can’t be.
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