Jason Walker’s first three albums yielded a slew of Billboard chart topping dance hits including “Foolish Mind Games, “Set It Free” and “Leave It All Behind.” He followed them with a bevy of record breaking singles like “Beat Don’t Stop,” “Perfect Bitch,” and, of course, “So Happy” and “Say Yes,” his third and fourth Billboard #1s.
His fourth full-length studio album is set to release in early 2020 – his first in ten years – and it is already receiving praise from industry insiders who have heard it. The first single, releasing this month, will be “Now or Never." We took the opportunity to speak with the popular indie artist.
What is the state of the indie artist?
Jason Walker: (Laughing) Well, that's a loaded question! I think that, in most cases, the indie artist is still the underdog. Major labels are always looking for a carbon copy of what is already out there and often, the original sucks. But I firmly believe that perseverance pays off. That’s why I keep it moving.
Is it easier to get music heard but harder to make a living from music?
Jason Walker: Yes, it’s incredibly easy to get music heard today. You used to need a label for that, but now it’s just an upload and you’re done. Making money, that’s the hard part. Streaming pays next to nothing and aside from me, I don't know of anyone who still buys music.
You've been very successful in your career with multiple songs on the Billboard dance charts and five #1s. You were even being considered for a Grammy. What has prevented you from crossing into the pop charts?
Jason Walker: (Laughing) If I knew the answer to that, I would have crossed over! Your guess is as good as mine.
Is that why you decided to make your first release for 2020, "Now or Never"?
Jason Walker: No! That’s what a lot of press has been reporting but let me make it clear, it’s just the name of the song, people. It’s not like it’s the last song I'm going to release. There’s a whole album to follow and, before you ask, I haven't given the album a title yet.
(Laughing) OK, scratch that question. How would you describe the album?
Jason Walker: I would have to say that it's a journey; an exploration of the many different types of Electronic music. I honestly feel like it’s my best work. All of the bases are covered, if you know what I mean. You get on the ride in the beginning and you have to stay on until the end.
What are some of your favorite tracks?
Jason Walker: There are sixteen songs on the album, many of which I’ve written, so it’s like trying to choose a favorite child. One song, "Stronger," was just picked up by Defected Records in the UK. I wrote it with Quentin Harris and the late, great legendary DJ and producer, Frankie Knuckles. Frankie did a beautiful remix shortly before he died and I was able to include it on the record. I'm pretty stoked about that and not to give too much away, but there are a couple of really cool covers that we did. One is a song by Sylvester, another is by Jody Watley.
Sounds like it may be a roaring 20s for Jason Walker.
Jason Walker: It better be. At least, that’s the plan!
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