Shouts to the homie Nate Walka. I was over on one of my favorite blog sites WordofSouth.com where I spotted a nice interview with the songwriting genius turned bubbling under recording star.
Known to the world as Nate Walka, he was born Nathan L. Walker. Walka is the man behind the catchy ass hooks from Trey Songz “Say Ahh” and Jaime Foxx’s “Blame It”.
He’s also got a current single, which Nate wrote entirely for UK star Alesha Dixon. Checkout some more info in the revealing interview below.
Per Word of South:
Wordofsouth.com: I know you just got back from the BMI awards not to long ago, how was it?
Nate: It was good, I’m not with BMI, I’m with ASCAP, but I was there supporting my homie who was with BMI, he did the beat on Trey Songz –“Say ahh”
Wordofsouth.com: Let’s get some background information on you, where are you from?
Nate: From Memphis, TN, when I was 14, I moved to Illinois with my aunt and uncle, high school I moved to Virginia, and I went to Alabama A&M for college.
Wordofsouth.com: When did you decide you wanted to be involved in music?
Nate: Probably like 2 years ago, I was living in Indiana, I was working in a clothing store, and they offered me a management position there, I was excited about that, than I got home the night they offered me the position and I thought “man this isn’t really lining up with my plans and dreams”, so I called my homeboy who was living in Atlanta at the time, and he always telling me to come to Atlanta like ‘yo dawg, everyone is out here” so I called him and asked him if Atlanta is really popping like that, and he told me yea, So I made the move out there and slept on his floor with $800 on me, and just made songs in his living room and trying to put together a mixtape and we put it out, I found a manager, and he got me an opening gig for shwayze. I got a call from Chris Henderson, and he asked what my affiliation was too “Blame it”, and he told me someone else was trying to take credit for my song that was already on my mixtape, he told me that the record is going to be on Jamie’s album, and luckily I was able to get my info in and get the paperwork to have my name on the album. Ever since than I’ve just been working, writing for people like Day 26, working with Atlantic UK, just working.
Wordofsouth.com: So you found music? Or did music find you?
Nate: It definitely found me; the turning point was just making the decision. The biggest part is to really tell yourself that you want to do something, I told myself I’m going to give my self 6 months with music, if it doesn’t happen, than oh well, I think God was waiting for me to show an act of faith, and that was me leaving my job, and ever since, he just blessed me.
Wordofsouth.com: Let’s run through some of the songs you have written that the General public may know.
Nate: Jamie Foxx’s “Blame it”, Trey Songz- “Say ahh”
Wordofsouth.com: You had a listening session a month ago with new music, how did the audience react?
Nate: It was real great, better than expected, it was all rough, not even mastered, and people really liked it, vibing to it and all that. It got me excited and lit a fire under me to get me excited about moving forward.
Wordofsouth.com: Are you going indie or looking for major?
Nate: I want to go indie right now because I like passion verses anything else, even my manager who has a lot of connections in the industry, but he’s never managed an act to be completely successful. I feel like I’m his Mona Lisa, his masterpiece, verses being apart of a big machine where you have so many pieces where people aren’t really focused on your project because they have like 100 artist to look after as well.
Wordofsouth.com: What do you feel you can bring to music that’s missing?
Nate: Well, being a writer, my musical taste is thriving, I’m bringing a lot of fun back to it, the energy, to me I feel like music is feeling, if I make music and people go nuts in the clubs, than I’ve did my job. I do a lot of different styles to. I rap, I sing, I can’t be one way, that wouldn’t be true to me.
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