Nashville based Seth Walker’s newest record, Time Can Change hit store shelves in June, and he’ll be making his way back through Texas at the end of July (including stops at The Saxon Pub and Waterloo Records). He took the time to answer some of our questions about his music, creative process and the super power he wishes he had.
Q: Your latest record was funded largely by a Kickstarter campaign, how did the early fan involvement impact the record?
A: We launched the Kickstarter campaign in August of 2011, about halfway into the recording process. It impacted the effort greatly. This outpouring really inspired and reminded me of the unwavering support of my fans. Unbelievable.
Q: You’ve said that Time Can Change is a ‘culmination of the continuing search for a way to write, sing and record in a new way.’ What are some lessons you’ve learned on that path?
A: Well trusting yourself is a biggie. Influence is good and a must, but you must find your own way to express yourself as an artist- an ongoing process mind you. If I don’t believe in it, no one else will. This album was also recorded in a new way for me- all live playing and vocal with no headphones. It’s the most honest recording I’ve done to date. I just sang and played, and there it was.
Q: How does this record fit in along the other work you’ve done?
A: It is different in the approach. This one is very intimate, and I feel that much of the nuance of my singing is captured here that may have gotten lost in previous efforts. In the same breath, I feel it is a continuation. Old fashioned music done a slightly new way.
Q: What does your creative process look like?
A: As far as the writing goes, most of my inspiration and creative ideas come in the morning. I don’t know why. Maybe the weight of the day hasn’t pressed down on my creative spirit yet! I always feel fresh coming out of a dream.
Q: You started your career in Austin but have since moved to Nashville, how are the two cities similar or different in terms of the musical community?
A: Both are amazing music cities. I lived in Austin full time for 15 years, and it will always be the root to my beginnings of this business. The Austin music community and family is second to none. Nashville is a deep scene as well. Just more of it. I compare to an onion. So many layers of musicians, writers, producers, engineers, and industry folk etc. It is a great place to be if music is your life, which it is. I’m also originally from NC, so it hits a little closer to home.
Q: If you could sit down for an hour and play with any musician, alive or dead, who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: Ray Charles. What’s the secret to letting go every time you sing?
Q: How did you decide to become a musician? Did you ever consider another career path?
A: I started as a cellist. My parents were both Suzuki teachers and had me sawing at the age of 5. I never considered another path. I guess it’s always been my calling of sorts. Except when I wanted to be Michael Jordan of course… We see where that went.
Q: What superpower do you wish you had?
A: Super hearing. So I could hear all the voicings and chord changes to compose like Ellington and Beethoven.
Q: Is there something that you’ve wanted to learn how to do but haven’t had the time for?
A: How to hit a golf ball correctly…and really play the piano. I mean really play it.
Q: Is there anything else people listening to your music need to know about you?
A: I love subtle music that speaks loudly. I also aspire to never settle and always lean into something new with every performance, song or album.
Seth will be at Waterloo Records 7/23 for an in-store performance and the Saxon Pub 7/28.