It’s hard to know where to start with this super cool guy, so I guess I’ll start on the floor… Yep, the floor! Basically it’s where I found myself after I fell off my chair in sheer excitement when I heard ‘Living Without Your Love’ for the first time. “Who the fuck is Walter Jones“, I said to myself. After emailing the track to Vari (my partner in blog crime), I set out on one of my typical music research missions and found out all sorts of interesting stuff about one of DFA’s newest and brightest stars Walter Jones. So do yourself a favor and take the time to read the amazing mini interview below, download the absolutely stunning track Walter so generously allowed us to blog, ‘Fading Memories’ and be sure to check out his myspace.
VOTE 1 WALTER JONES!!!
Who is Walter Jones?
According to Google, Walter Jones is an American Football Player, A Congressman, and a Power Ranger. OK, maybe I’m not any of those, but I am just an extremely shy music geek that is still looking for his identity, but accepts who he is. I have never been obsessed about it, but if you know who Walter is, please let me know.
How did this whole music thing start?
Well I hate to give you a cliché answer, but the best way I can explain it, it is in my blood. I come from a very musically talented family. My Grandfather played music at the Louisiana Hayride with acts like Elvis when he started out. I took piano lessons when I was a boy, but didn’t stick with it too long. I was in band in High School and played tenor sax, but haven’t played in a very long time.
What inspires you?
I know I might not make a difference in this world on a large scale like Gandhi or MLK, but I can try. If my legacy be that I inspire someone else or make someones day with my song, than that is OK with me and I have done my job.
How long have you been djing / producing for?
I had a horrible punk band that didn’t make it past the garage door back in the mid-eighties. In college, I bought some used gear like a Moog Rogue and a Prophet 2000 sampler and would jam with my friend Lester, Who had a drum machine and a tape recorder. As the 90′s rolled around, I started taking my music more seriously, learned more about pro audio, and here I am. DJing was about the same process. I have been collecting rock and disco records since I could remember, but 12″ record collecting would come about in 1982 when someone played a copy of “Body Mecanic” by Quadrent Six in the record store one day. After that, I really caught the bug. I started making “pause button” tapes in my bad room in 1984 with a cheap console stereo. It had a pause button that would stop on cue and pick up on the down beat of another song. I would make so many of these edited mixes and sell them at school. Then came the two turntables later in 1990/91. And DJed in Dallas around different underground parties. Ultimately I, and three other guys moved into a warehouse of our own and just went wild throwing parties that people in Texas still talk about to this day 15 years later. Then I moved to New Orleans and Djed a little bit, but had to figure out some life stuff, but got heavy into production. The internet happened, and now I am here.
What are you working on currently?
Actually I just finished art school and I learned videography. I am trying to incorporate visuals into my art. I have learned my way around the camera and all of the editing software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe CS4. But now that I gained moderate success with the DFA release, I am racking myself trying to top it. It is so hard because I didn’t expect the buzz around the record, so I have no formula because I cannot pick out what the appeal of it is. Also I am too critical of my music. I have probably thrown away the next Sgt. Pepper. I doubt it…GOD!!! I hope not!
What do you love to play the most?
I go through phases. I have very eclectic tastes in music, but if I had to pick, Disco. Actually anything derived from Disco, like Electro, House, or even some Detroit Techno. It just has the beat I can groove to and actual melodies to boot. I love discovering new sounds, as long as the mass media doesn’t put their stink on it too much and make it trendy.
What do you listen to when you want to relax?
Nothing. Sometimes I like to listen to absolute silence sometimes. I know my eardrums have taken a beating over the years with loud concerts, headphones cranked up, clubs, city noise, etc. Sometimes quiet is the best. But soul soothing music? My favorites are, Nick Drake, Eno, Rachmaninoff, Sade, you know.
Who are you hereo’s?
Musically? Todd Rundgren. Life? Anyone who isn’t here to destroy life, but improve it.
Who would you kill to see play?
If I had a time machine, I would try to catch Mozart, Elvis in 1956, and day three of Woodstock. There are a lot of modern day acts I would love to see, but not kill for.
Do you sing in the shower?
Sure I do. I think you can get away with it when nobody is around, and you get some great acoustics in there.
Do you watch TV?
I wish I was one of those “Kill Your TV” types. I watch too much.
The kind I shouldn’t eat.
I’ve been to a few places that I love for different reasons, but there are many places I haven’t been to that I’m sure I would love. I guess if I had to pick, I would choose Amsterdam. Not for the obvious reasons, just that I loved the beautiful organic vibe there.
I’m a YouTube junkie. There are several more, but I have taken up too much space here already.
Walter Jones – Fading Memories