This time, we get to know Walters Fall, AKA Darrin Walters. He's a singer-songwriter living in Ontario, Canada. His style on the acoustic guitar reflects his passion for music. He gets inspiration from greats like Aaron Lewis.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
I was born and raised in Norwich, Ontario. My family has lived in the area since before I was born (so a really long time lol) I feel I was lucky to be raised in a rural area it has given me a lot of positive traits that has helped with my music career. I actually still live in the same area with my girlfriend Kelly and our 2 1/2-year-old daughter MacKenna. We founded and run a program in the area called "Guitars For Kids Program" We have established a list of children that do not have the means to acquire guitars, we receive donated instruments and match them with the kids on our list that otherwise wouldn't have the ability to have music in their lives. We have a Facebook page and Instagram account for the program if anyone is interested in checking it out.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
I've always been drawn to music even as a small child. I can remember saying I was going to be like Randy Travis when I grow up. I was fortunate enough that my elementary school had an absolutely amazing music program so before I was in high school I had learned how to play a handful of woodwind and brass instruments. With that being said inspiration came easy to continue with music it almost seemed like a natural thing to do. High school is when I picked up a guitar for the first time. I had a group of friends who also started playing guitars and drums and we taught each other how to play, and started my first band "Milkman JR" and that's when I become inspired to create music.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influence when I was beginning this musical journey was definitely Kurt Cobain "Yes I'm a 90's kid! Now my biggest influences are the Indie musicians that I have met and continue to meet through networking and such. The most incredible and inspiring stories and musical pieces in my experience have come from these amazing friends. And I can't forget my fans, they inspire me every day with their unwavering support and love for music.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
My goals for myself in the music industry I'd say are pretty typical. To become as successful as I can, and evolve into the best version of myself musically. My other goals are, as my music career grows and my network expands I will expand the "Guitars For Kids Program" province-wide and beyond. I believe every child should have the gift of music in there lives.
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
So I tried to make a routine of songwriting exercises with practicing vocals and guitar, but it felt too unnatural to me, I felt like it was too structured and my creative abilities were hindered by it. So I took the spontaneous road, so no matter where or what I'm doing if I get an idea or a melody in my head, it's literally drop everything and seize the moment! Which can be awkward sometimes in the Walmart payment line! I also will write down any saying or whatever it is that pops in my head in a book and those usually end up creating full songs.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
Man why did this question come up, this is probably the hardest question so far! Ok well, it would have to be "Love and Devotion" by Mishka. The reason is it's got a great melody and it's super simple, the message behind the song is pretty clear it's about spreading love and staying devoted and that's a pretty cool thing to aspire to do!
7. What is the best advice you have either given or received in terms of music?
This may seem funny but the best advice I've been given is, to not try and complicate your music just play and create what comes naturally to you, and that's usually when you create something from deep inside of yourself. And one more is, always start your lyrics within the 30-second mark to keep your audiences attention.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is obviously the beautiful and supportive family I have, musically it has to be the Guitars for Kids program, it's pretty amazing to see the faces of these kids when they receive their guitars, not much can compare to that.
9. Just for fun! What's been your most embarrassing moment so far?
I had a video shoot planned for weeks at a place outdoors it was for a radio station contact called "The 20k summer song" so like I ran over every detail three times to make sure I hadn't looked anything over, remember this is the 20k summer song that's a ton of cash for new guitars! So anyway everything was going to plan until I realized I forgot one thing: my microphone stand. I ended up shooting the video using a lamp and taping the mic to it. Needless to say, I didn't get any new guitars out of that video. Oh, and the video may or may not be on YouTube somewhere!
𝟭0. Tell us about your lowest and highest points in music so far.
Man music is a roller coaster of a ride so I love how the question stated "so far" lol well anyway the low was having my creative abilities just stop out of nowhere and the harder I tried the worse it got. I was going to say the highest point was when writer's block vanished as quickly as it came but that's not true! So the highest point so far would be, I'm being interviewed for a book that's being written about my first real musical inspiration "Kurt Cobain" it is going to be out in 2024 so that's pretty sweet!
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