Rudy Walker's music career is rooted in pure irony. He went from interested to invested, only after his penchant for singing in class got him in trouble with his 3rd grade teacher. However, like a "model" student, he took that lesson and turned it into a life long career of singing.
Following the usual trajectory of a child performer, Walker got his feet wet first by participating in his school's talent show, showing off his skills as he sang Soul for Real's 90s hit "Candy Rain." The success of his first show resulted in him singing at every school event. Not too long afterward, Walker penned and recorded his first song in the 5th grade called "Lullaby."
His skill of writing expanded from music to playwriting in the 11th grade. Walker created his first play — Jermaih and Raven, an urban Romeo and Juliet themed play which won a spot in Center Stage's young playwrights festival in 2002. Years later his writing talent was further enhanced when he pursued screenwriting in 2014. In 2015, he created his first screenwriting series called The Commuter Chronicles which is about the journey of a diverse group of people all connected by someone or something.
Jonathan Mckinnon: Describe who you are.
Rudy Walker: I am pretty much the guy next door. I don't pretend to be someone else or exist outside of my comfort zone when it comes to my morals. I put positive vibes into the universe at the beginning of each day and am mindful of the energy that I radiate throughout the day. I would describe myself as the artist with a 9-to-5, a member of a quiet but large group of creatives' who pursue their gifts and talents while holding down careers in other industries.
What’s integral to the work of a music artist?
I think it's important that an artist be aware of what is happening around them and respond to that accordingly. I follow the school of thought that an artist should experiment with making music for themselves and music for people.
What genre do you most identify with?
I identify most with Hip-Hop and R&B, but lately I have been tipping the wings of Indie acoustic. My sound also evolves as I get older and become inspired by other music artist.
Explain the music themes you pursue.
As it relates to lyrical composition and theme, I usually write 8 bar verses and 6-8 bar hooks. Sometimes I throw in a pre-chorus and with my new single, Dance All Night, I put in a 16 bar rap verse at the end, that was a first. As far as overall themes, I make love songs that evoke some type of emotion whether it be joy, empathy, nostalgia or feel-good.
Name three music artists that inspired your music the most.
Anderson Paak is a definite inspiration these days. I really look up to this guy as an artist as I start to transition into the music I want to make. I'm also a huge fan of Aaliyah. Her sultry melodies is what moved me most in high school. Let's not forget Stevie Wonder because who doesn't love that man? He uses his vocal chords to speak to God, and I aspire to that type of vocal control and resonance.
How do you describe your fashion style?
I would describe my fashion style as diverse. I'm into street fashion, but a long-line tee shirt and joggers are my favorite combo. I'm also liable to prep it up with an Oxford shirt, polo or pastel colored shorts. I also consider my height when catering to my fashion style. Some things don't look as good on tall guys and I'm 6'4".
What do you enjoy most about thrifting?
I like the increased likely-hood of having a piece of clothing that I won't see someone else in. I feel like so many people dress alike these days, individuality is something that is becoming less and less of a priority. My individuality is important and the combination of thrifting and buying clothing from the mall, etc. is important to me.
As an artist, are you able to satisfy your style needs through thrifting?
I'm not able to fully satisfy my style needs through thrifting. I'm often using the phrase, "something new, something used (but never anything borrowed ha!)
Name some of your favorite thrifting or consignment stores?
An explorer of men's fashion with inquisitive eyes, born and raised in Lakeview, Long Island. My inspiration comes from nature, city streets and the world wide web. Catch me in a local thrift or consignment store near you.
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