Following the release of his new song ‘No Reason’ after a 2-year break, Manny Walters answered a few questions for us to know him better.
A lot of my process is illuminated with daily routines that keep me in touch with myself. Reading,
writing, meditations and exercise all enhance my process. I get momentum through journalling
and self reflections that help me flesh out lyrical themes that resonate with my truths. Sonically I
also like to curate my life sound track with music that inspires and moves me everyday- this
keeps me energized with aesthetics I love and melodic inspiration- that often comes from
Through routined playing , I work on progressions and riffs on guitar I like, record them and write
vocal melodies to my recordings. These melodies are usually in the stream of consciousness
form. From there I cut out the best ideas and start to formulate the songs. Once I have
melodies I’m connected with, I start to review theme notes and pen lyrics that work within those
melodic structures until I have my core composition. When working on creating riffs, beats and
samples with a producer, I reference my sonic aesthetic inspirations -but my melody and lyric
writing fundamentals remain core to the song’s formation.
I’m not sure I have mood generating processes per se- my best work comes from being in touch
with my feelings and self and then connecting/ responding to the feelings my progressions/beats
give me. From here it becomes easier to explore my truths, learnings and vulnerabilities through
my melodic medium and expression vessel.
Probably my favorite MJ album – Off The Wall.
Strong funk r&b /disco energy to enhance the quiet island down time. But also, ballads to keep
us reflective, romantic and centered. I feel like the record is good combination of nostalgia and
sunlight to me, that would coincide well with desert island life.
Home based singing has been a massive part of my development and musicality 🙂
Keeping perspective and recognizing the blessing of this existence.