Indie-pop artist Jason Walker recently unveiled his new single/music video, “Dance A Little” (Georgie’s House Is A Feeling Mix), produced and co-written with Georgie Porgie.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, where he sang in church choirs, followed by local R&B and blues bands, Walker entered the national spotlight with his performance on It’s show time at the Apollo. He then moved to New York, where he was signed to Junior Vasquez’s label, JVM, releasing two albums, It’s my life and Flexiblewith three Billboard Top 10 hits and two Billboard number ones.
In 2010 Walker released their third full album Leave all behind, landing her seventh Billboard Dance Top 20 hit. Another single, “Raise Your Hands”, climbed to No. 17 on the Billboard charts. He followed with “Beat Don’t Stop”, which took fifth place on Billboard. In 2018, Walker again topped the Billboard Dance Chart with “I’m in Love with You.”
Walker’s secret is his exuberance, which he channels into his music.
The video, directed by Karl Giant, focuses on Walker dressed in bright pink clothing, as well as glow-in-the-dark makeup. Combined with the thrilling thrust of the intoxicating music, evoking the suggestions of the Bee Gees and Michael Jackson, the video delivers a dazzling audio-visual experience.
CelebMix sat down with Jason Walker to learn more about the inspiration for the song, its writing process, and its definition of success.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Music, of course, also sex, and sweets
What inspired your new single, “Dance A Little?”
The pandemic and the life that followed has been really tough for everyone, and I wanted to write something that would hopefully make people forget for a minute and smile a little more.
Who made the video and where was it shot?
My good friend and artistic leader, Karl Giant, directed and shot the video. He also did the styling, lighting, makeup and editing and we shot it in a few locations around New York.
How did you start music?
I started singing when I was 4 years old. I was in the church and school choir and did a lot of theater and talent show growing up. Later I was in a few bands and vocal groups before realizing the types of music I wanted to sing and then moving to New York.
Where do you come from?
Originally, I’m from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a town about 20 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh, and have lived in Brooklyn for 20 years.
Has your hometown had an impact on your sound?
No. I always knew I was a little out there – sometimes a lot out there. It doesn’t matter where I was born and where I grew up. Basically, I’m a coal miner’s daughter (literally, my dad was a coal miner).
If you had to explain your sound to the uninitiated, what would you say?
I would say that I am a veritable cornucopia of song!
Did your sound evolve naturally or did you deliberately push it in a certain direction?
I’ve always been drawn to soul singers, but I grew up listening to Madonna, Prince and Barbara Streisand.
What inspires your writing?
It’s hard to answer. It could really be anything. I remember when I wrote my album ‘Leave It All Behind’ – I was working in a restaurant in Times Square. I wrote all the songs during the dinner rushes – I just logged out working in a 5 table section – it was like I just let myself go on autopilot and left my body and wrote – all the time – while I was waiting for a drink at the bar or serving a table. Lyrics and melodies just came to me, and I would sneak off the ground to record a vocal note or write lyrics. The whole album went like this. I was walking down the street and I wrote the song “Uh Huh”. It happened very quickly.
When we wrote “All To You,” the lyrics and melody flowed effortlessly. There are songs, however, that didn’t turn out so easy. A few songs I’ve been working on for over 10 years still aren’t quite right. So I will go where they take me and when they want to be finished they will let me know. I’m weird, I know.
I can’t schedule time to write. Ideas just pop into my head and sometimes they come when it’s awkward enough.
Are you inspired by poetry, music or other media?
I guess you could say that I am inspired by everything around me. I will say that pain is a good catalyst. But lately, I’ve been inspired by hope and positivity.
Which artists do you think are killing it right now?
I really dig everything that comes from the Anjunadeep label. Ben Boehmer and Marsh are fantastic – along with Jody Wisternoff and James Grant – they work magic. Also, I love that Kate Bush has had a renaissance. For me, this is the musical story of the year. And I love HER And Ultra Nate’s new album is a killer.
how do you define success?
I think success, or at least a big part of it, is having the respect of your peers. That, to me, is success. Having a hit record helps too, lol.
What can your fans expect over the next six months? Music videos? Live concerts?
We are preparing our next 2 releases right now. I will perform in Kenga Madgjik in Albania at the end of November. This will be my second appearance at this music festival as I was there in 2019, and I’m thrilled to be asked to return. we have just started.