At just 19 years old, Australian-based producer and DJ, Walden, is steadily becoming a household name in the electronic/dance music scene. Walden got introduced to DJing through the reverent Internet and later his cousin, and now Walden turns in his first ever vocal record complete with an elaborate percussion pattern, lush vocals, and an enormous melody, making it a precisely crafted big room tune. In a few short years, Walden has released killer originals (from Warmonger, Intropial and Ciaco, to a Knife Party remix of “LRAD” and a fresh Machine Land EP) supported by the likes of Tiesto, David Guetta, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tommy Trash.
Walden’s finest work to date, “First Day,” which premiered on Pete Tong’s essential selection is sure to be heard on his upcoming Fall US Tour supporting Morgan Page, where he is sure to deliver an unforgettable live set. “First Day” is out now on Beatport via Big Beat Records.
We spoke to Walden about his journey, touring with Morgan Page, being referred to as a “music prodigy” and the recent deaths at Electric Zoo Festival in New York.
Q: What is your take on being referred to as a “music prodigy”? Do you see any negative aspects of this term, for example, an increase in pressure for your fans?
A: Absolutely! Personally I would not consider myself a musical prodigy—I just want to be seen as someone who enjoys DJing, production and all music in general.
Q: You have received quite a lot of acclaim from big names such as Morgan Page, Tiesto, Afrojack to name just a few for your unique sound. How would you describe your music to someone that just got introduced to the genre?
A: It’s hard to say as my sound is always evolving and changing. I would say that the most important aspects of my sound for me are the melodies, and the emotional and groove aspects of the song. I don't just want people to dance or jump up and down; I want them to feel something.
Q: How would you describe the thought of touring with Morgan Page? Any chance of doing a collaboration since you will be sending quite a bit of time together?
A: I’m certainly very excited about the prospects of touring with Morgan Page! (it will be my first ever bus tour). I can't really say much about a collaboration at this point in time.
Q: Your new single “First Day” is releasing September 9th. What else can we expect from you musically in the upcoming months? A new album possibly?
A: No albums at the moment, right now I’m just focusing on singles and small EPs. Plus, I think there is still a lot of maturing and learning for me to do before taking on such a project! But I think an album is definitely on the agenda later down the line! I'd like to see myself producing an 10-12 track album (and not just a dance music album either) in maybe 2-3 years?
Q: Given the recent events at Electric Zoo Festival, how do you think the EDM community should address such tragedies or do you think it’s a responsibility on behalf of the promoters?
A: There is only so much the promoters and the security can do - at the end of the day people need to be accountable for their actions. I think the most important thing right now is to discuss the issue in an open and honest format, and to educate people in the risks and usages of the drugs should they choose to take them.
Morgan Page with Project 46 & Walden Tour Dates:
9/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia LA Live
9/14 – San Diego, CA @ Harrah’s Drive Day Club
9/15 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Maya Beach Club
9/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Surrender Nightclub
9/19 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
9/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/21 – Denver, CO @ SKYLAB at Denver Coliseum
9/22 – Kansas Cort, MO @ Midland Theatre
9/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
9/26 – Fairburn, GA @ The Gathering at TomorrowWorld
9/27 – Detroit, MI @ Forever Festival – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ Epic Events Center
10/3 – Madison, WI @ Sgredo
10/4 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
10/5 – Buffalo, NY @ Rendezvous
10/10 – Waterloo, ON @ BETA
10/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottish Rite Cathedral