In the beginning, I was initially only going to be doing a podcast made to sound like a radio show with a DJ announcement and so forth. This later turned into the radio station but, When it was still in the beginning phases of an idea in development, I met, Slow Walk. Slow Walk has his own brand of music but if I were to compare him to anyone it would be “The Cure”. He has a very fascinating imaginations and I had a Q&A with him in the early days.
Slow Walk is the superhero alter ego and solo project of prolific London based singer songwriter Keith Turner.
Sadly, his origin story does not involve a nuclear explosion or a radioactive spider but instead, a group of youths on Tufnell Park Road. After trying to get our heroes attention by calling him the geeky one with the glasses and the phone, they changed their tactics and instead shouted “Yo, daddy cool, Slow Walk!” The following day he laughed about the incident with his musical sidekick Bean and Slow Walk was born.
It’s this ability to see the humour in most situations that is Slow Walk’s number one super power and heavily informs his songs. Influenced by a wide variety of witty and observational songwriters such as Ray Davies, Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker and Rivers Cuomo, Slow Walk’s mission is to fight the injustices of the world and right the wrongs by writing passionate, insightful and sometimes humorous songs. Some would say that martial arts, high tech gadgets and super strength would be much better in this fight. Slow Walk would disagree.
Since he played his first gig in an open mic tent in Glastonbury, Slow Walk has played all around the city with an acoustic, a loop pedal and sometimes a band.
Last year, he released the single When Your Love Goes Away, written after he lost his amazing parents and Sherlock Holmes Would Know.
He will shortly be releasing the follow up song Hangman which takes aim at the slightly crazy world of the wild wild web.
One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
SW: That is a very good question. I was always surrounded by music growing up from my parents and my brother. But I was always a geeky movie obsessed kid and wanted to get into that from an early age.Then when I was 11, I had to move away from my home and school for a short period to Wales and when I came back a lot of my friends had moved on. So, the period between 11 and 16 was pretty lonely for me. I also always loved writing, including poetry and long before I ever picked up an instrument I remember making up a song in my head with melodies called There’s A Place ha-ha. I haven’t talked about this in years. It was terrible. So cheesy but this must have been when I was around12, I guess. Then later when I was 16, a guy I knew recommended I learn bass as he was learning guitar, so we could form a band. I decided to learn guitar instead and so he didn’t want me in the band ha-ha. So, I started writing songs on my own and that’s how it began properly. It just fell into place. It was a very lonely time for me and music was an outlet to express that. As you can imagine the songs were a little less upbeat back then ha-ha.
I can usually pinpoint a particular artist that someone’s music reminds me of. You have a very unique sound and the only person I could think of was Robert Smith from The Cure, I would dare to say that they’re probably one of your influences but, Who, musically, is one of the bigger influences for your music?
SW: You are bang on. I love The Cure. Such amazing effortlessly brilliant pop melodies paired with such a unique otherworldly sound. I also totally relate to how Robert Smith and the band get their message across. You would immediately think that it was going to be a lot darker and sadder in a way but there’s always something uplifting and playful about the songs. The Cure are one of those bands that always cheer me up. Another one is The Smiths. Their lyrics are just amazing. David Bowie is also a massive influence. Tom Petty. Nick Cave. The Divine Comedy. Sting. Too many. David Bowie is definitely one of the biggest influences for me. I just loved how he was open to trying anything and he always kept up to date with what was going on around him and if he was into it he incorporated it into his music and it worked. Little Wonder is a perfect example. It’s Bowie doing Drum and Bass but of course it still sounds like Bowie. Just a legend. So many great and diverse songs.
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