Living in a country town, playing guitar, experimenting with riffs and motives, and raising funds for charity through song sales. Our sister site AudioJungle is a royalty-free stock audio site that helps musicians earn money. In this interview series you’ll learn about those musicians, their gear, and their AudioJungle experiences. Today we meet Greg Walker.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
My name is Greg Walker. I have been married to Heidi for 18 years, and we have two boys. We live in a small country town eight hours north of Sydney, Australia, and very much enjoy the laid back feel here, being close to beaches and rivers… Well you get the picture. “Life is great!”
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
I sell music/audio files on AudioJungle, they range from solo guitar instrumentals to more contemporary songs - Heidi adds her sweet vocals to them @ heidiwalker.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
It all started as a kid, using my God-given talent to create masterpieces from nothing which usually ended up in the bin! I was never good music at school, my teacher Mrs Fail could reflect, until I picked up my first guitar. After some self educating and some help from GIT in Hollywood, USA; then on to Los Angeles Music Academy, USA under the amazing Frank Gambale, I was on my way.
Describe your home workspace.
We live on top of a hill, overlooking sugar cane fields and the river, so our work place (home!) has a cracker view.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
Well, this varies from song to song. I usually experiment with riffs or motives then let them sit for a while, then they usually just get tweaked 'til I’m happy. After that, I move onto the next part in the song, and so forth. In the end, a song evolves through a bit of hard work and patience.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
Patience! I know everyone is different, but ask yourself “Is this the best I can do?” Try and stretch yourself physically and musically.
What do you do to market your files?
We market our songs through Radio stations, also through the various ministries we support, playing at conferences and churches mainly.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
I like these tracks for their ambient relaxing feel, and they always take me back to their origins in the majestic Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia where we live.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
Paul Agar. Paul plays many instruments, and writes songs for many genres. He recently finished all the music tracks for the hit kids program “Dirtgirl World” and has been instrumental in helping us pursue our musical goals. He has an amazing ear, and awesome creativity, and is just a great bloke!
Heidi Walker. Heidi has an incredible vocal/music ability - so sweet. She also studied with me at Los Angeles Music Academy, and is my beautiful wife… What more can I say?
What do you do in your spare time?
Ha what’s that? No if I’m not playing cricket or footy with the boys or hanging with Heidi, I’ll be hanging out with God… “What the?”… I know it seems a little old fashion these days, but I love it. Reading the Bible and getting close to Him is such a buzz and is what gets me up every morning. My life has no purpose without Him.
We also work with “Free for Life” raising funds through song sales to buy these poor little kids a new start in life. They estimate around 12,000 girls are trafficked each year from Nepal into India alone, and they are often tricked or sold into the brothels and spend years in there, due to the fact they have no other means of income nor escape.
Free for Life work with a border control to stop these girls going in. They then help them with a new start, often supplying them with sewing skills or even a goat for an income. When I first heard about all this I guess I told myself it’s alright not to know, but then asked what can I do now I DO know? Here is just one story…