Like a cool breeze on a humid day Ronnie Walka comes in like a breath of fresh air with his new offering. Coming off of the visuals for “TIFTL”, his soulful tribute to womanhood, “You and I” is a passionate plea from a man nearing the end of a relationship that he’s battling to save. In the process of the breakup he begins to reminisce about better times yearning to turn the clock back. A real make up to break song that will have you feeling every single word. Ronnie is a perfectionist when it comes to his craft, with an amazing voice that races and soars. You will be stunned at his vocal power, range, nuanced delivery and insightful lyrics. Both the song and video are out now and available on various platforms including iTunes and Google Play. Stay tuned for more hot music from Ronnie Walka including the forthcoming EP “I am R&B”.
Ronnie Walka was born in Brooklyn, New York. The oldest of four children, he had to face difficult times in the mean streets of Brooklyn, but before he became a dead statistic, Ronnie was able to leave the streets and the gang life behind. He learned the basics of filming and writing and his creative ability allowed him to merge photography and cinematography so well that he has become very much in demand. He took it to the next level and became the publisher for Caution Magazine, but he has also produced a short film, and he is a graphic designer for many publications and books around the country.
- How long have you been in the music business and how did you get your first break into the scene?
Ronnie Walka: I was born into the music. Mother wiped at birth. My first break was with DR. Period.
- Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?
Ronnie Walka: Sam Cooke, Patti LaBelle, Freddy Jackson, Temptations, New Edition.
- Which artists in your genre are you currently listening to, and respect today?
Ronnie Walka: R Kelly, Tank, Jamie Foxx, Jodeci, Boys to Men.
- Are there any of these you’d be keen to work with on an original project?
Ronnie Walka: Jamie Foxx, Tank, Boys to Men.
- What do you think separates you from the crowd of young artists emerging right now?
Ronnie Walka: My experience in life. I lived a little more and went through the same. It’s like I’m at the in between… too old to be called young but too young to be called old.
- What do you feel are the key elements people should be getting out of your music?
Ronnie Walka: Love and having a good time.
- Are your lyrics predominantly based on real events and personal experiences, or are they simply drawn from your creative storytelling skills?
Ronnie Walka: A little bit of both.
- What would you consider a successful, proud or high point in your career so far?
Ronnie Walka: Performing at the Apollo.
- What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
Ronnie Walka: The loss of my love ones who believed in me and wanted to see me win.
- What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your songs, regardless of style, mood or tempo?
Ronnie Walka: Soul.
- Do you also produce the beats and write the lyrics on your songs or do you collaborate with outside sources in any of the aforementioned cases?
Ronnie Walka: I do make beats but I like to work with other people.
- Which aspect of being an independent artist, entertainment company owner, and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?
Ronnie Walka: I’m more excited when I create fire…I’m discouraged never… Always on track no matter the time or distance.
- You wear many hats, as a singer, writer, actor, producer, director and celebrity photographer/videographer. Which one of these is most predominant in your heart?
Ronnie Walka: Definitely singer.
- Are you satisfied with how the music and entertainment business works today in the digital era, or is there something you would change or desire more?
Ronnie Walka: I’m satisfied with it. It makes the business easier.
- If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?
Ronnie Walka: Soulful, reality, life, love, sex.
- Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?
Ronnie Walka: I love the internet. It allows you to do several things at one time. You can create music and showcase it at the same time. While cooking, cleaning or watching a movie.
- Tell us something about your latest release and where fans can find it.
Ronnie Walka: “You and I” is my new song. It’s a relationship based story; your make up to break up type song. It’s available on iTunes and Google Play, the video is on YouTube. The project is distributed by Global Sounds Records and Entertainment One.
- What is your relationship with visual media? Do you think videos are important for your music? Do you have a video you would recommend fans checkout and are you busy working on something new for them?
Ronnie Walka: Our relationship is kind of like a desperate house wife; with media being the house wife. I work too much behind the scenes so I’m not able to be on social media as much as others. As far as music video I truly believe that video is important because it paints a clear picture to the listeners. It helps guide the song in the right direction. I have a new video out titled “You and I” and I’m working on finishing my album followed by more video project for the new songs.
- Do you prefer working and creating in a studio environment, or performing live in front of an audience?
Ronnie Walka: I prefer to work hard creating memorable songs in the studio so that when I hit the stage my audience can enjoy the song as much as me.
- You’re also the publisher for Caution magazine, creative art director for Stack Models and Titaniumgirlz Magazine. Do you still have time for any other projects, and if so, what do you currently have cooking in your creative kitchen right now?
Ronnie Walka: Yes I’m currently the art director for Modelocity Magazine and designing Papa Wu’s new website. Along with projects for PR Guru Angelo Ellerbee and book cover designs for Mathew Knowles.