Benny Walker has been on tour since the 21st March, taking his incredible sounds across Australia. One such tune, ‘Through The Forest‘, is his latest single from his album and is gaining high acclaim from fans and industry professionals alike. It’s no wonder, then, that his Through The Forest Tour is one you won’t want to miss when he comes to a venue near you.
His fourth album, also titled Through The Forest, is produced by Shane O’Mara and features nine songs, all which flow smoothly from one song to the next. His new album is less binding and shows his ability to make music with a free spirit, demonstrating his artistry perfectly.
We had a chat Benny Walker during his national tour where he shares what inspired his music and what it’s like to collaborate with artists.
You’re currently on tour around Australia for your latest album Through the Forest. Do you prefer to perform in rural areas or bigger cities?
I love them both. It’s more about the audience for me.
Your new album Through the Forest is more intense and quite dark. What inspired this?
A lot of the inspiration came from me working through a darker time of my own. As hard as it was in those times to try and be constructive, I managed to use my writing to get my thoughts out of my head. It gave me perspective on what I was worrying about or over thinking on. Generally I was getting worked up over not much at all.
You performed with eight-piece band The Family Tree in Canberra. What did you get out of performing with them?
That was the debut of the Family Tree. The energy of those extra musicians onstage is electrifying for me. I feel really lucky to be surrounded by such a talented group of people.
You mentioned in a previous interview that you’d like to collaborate more. Are there any artists that you’d like to work with?
There are dozens! I’d like to explore some co-writing for the next album. I’d also be keen to collaborate with artists from other genres. Specifically hip-hop.
What does Through the Forest aim to deliver that is different from the others?
Through The Forest feels like an evolution of me as a songwriter and as a person. I’m now comfortable to write in any way I like and not feel confined to genres.
Do you have a method or routine that you go through before writing songs? How much thought is involved?
I wish there was a routine to it. I’d have a lot more songs written if that were the case! It’s a little bit of an unknown for me. Sometimes the moment strikes for different reasons or for none at all and you just have to grab it while you can.
Your father and grandfathers were great musicians and influenced your interest in music at an early age. Does your father or family ever contribute/feature in your albums, or would you consider letting them?
So far I haven’t recorded with any of my family. I’ve definitely thought about it and would love to do that in the future.
What would you say was the biggest thing you learnt from them that you applied to your own music?
They play because they enjoy it. That’s the reason I do what I do. I get a lot of fulfillment from creating music.
Where can we see you play next?
April 10th at the Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne.
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