Walker Barnard grew up on an ashram outside the American mainstream, listening to Balinese monkey chants, classical Indian music and The Beatles White Album. His first experience of the funk came early on when his father, who was making music videos for Motown, brought him to hang on the set of the shoot for Rick James's Super Freak video.In the early nineties, Walker started playing the bass in a funk-rock band called Mobius Trip. The band recorded in Los Angeles with the Dust Brothers of Paul’s Boutique fame and then with Beastie Boys keyboardist Mark Nishita. Walker threw down on a range of projects—Including a Lemmy remix, and Vince Neil's solo record. From there Walker's journeys led him to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he continued to hone his bass playing and recording chops in a number of projects. It was in Santa Fe that Walker dove into the world of house and techno.On re-emerging from the depths of the sweaty dance floor of his first warehouse party he knew that his funk was electronic. At this moment he began his mission to transpose the soul and depth of his live music experience onto the realms of house and techno.While living in a teepee outside Santa Fe, Walker got a call from a friend in NYC who was looking for a producer engineer to come work at a downtown manhattan hip hop studio. He thought that sounded pretty good, so with fifty dollars in his pocket boarded a plane bound for New York ready for the next chapter.The studio turned out to be the epicenter of independent hip hop in NYC. Walker spent the next two years working with a long list of artists such as Company Flow, Saul Williams, Mike Ladd, Rob Sonic, Mos Def, Cannibal Ox and countless others.?During this time, Walker also worked closely with producer and engineer Mike "Tweakin" Rogers, who engineered Deee-Lite's first record, as well as countless classic Chicago and New York house releases.In 1998 Walker produced "1972" with Saul Williams for the Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada. It was also at this time that Walker met and began collaborating with Jaymz Nylon on a string of house records for such labels as Nitegrooves and Dirty Loop/3 to 5.The late nineties in New York was a heady time where live and electronic music was constantly brewing together in clubs and hole-in-the-wall bars across the city. Walker himself was immersed deep in this bubbling boullabaise, playing bass and live electronics in lofts parties, warehouses, bars and clubs all over the city and East coast.By 2000, the bubble was beginning to burst and Walker began seriously longing for the open skies and high mountains of New Mexico. He decided to follow his heart and so moved back to Santa Fe, where he began the serious study of recording and mixing music and in 2004 designed and opened his own recording studio to facilitate the production philosophy he had developed through his previous decade of experience. During the next four years, he produces and engineered numerous records, including the 2006 Grammy winning album "Sacred Ground".Walker’s studio eventually became the home base for the small but incredibly fertile dance music scene in Santa Fe. Along with his partner, Sylvie Forêt and a family of like-minded musicos, Walker threw epic open air parties in exotic locations, inviting artists such as Bruno Pronsato, Bodycode, Lee Curtiss, and Mikael Stavöstrand. Walker also played live sets all over the West Coast, from the Decibel Festival in Seattle to Burning Man and numerous West Coast clubs and festivals.In 2008 Walker relocated to Berlin where he began to release music with his friend Patrik Skoog, aka Agaric, on We Are, and on Produkt Schallplatten, with the likes of Santos Resiak, Alland Byallo and Sebastian Herre. In February 2010, Walker completed a techno rite-of-passage with the release of "The Discoball Miner" ep on Unfoundsound, which has been played by the likes of Jeremy P. Caulfield, Mark Henning and Ed Davenport.You can catch Walker's live sets in Berlin at Bar 25, Arena and Farbfernseher.As well as in Vienna at the notorious Pratersauna and a residency at the new and amazing K&K Monarchy parties.2010 will continue to be a busy year for Walker, with the release of his Mule the B3 EP on District of Corruption which was reviewed in the June issue of De:Bug and already blowing up dance floors in Berlin and beyond.
Artist: Emerson Todd & Walker BarnardTittle: Noice!
Rls date: 11.07.2012
Genre: Tech House, Minimal, Techno