MIM Chain Reaction Series #3 w/ Ira Walker

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The weekly Make Indie Mainstream  “Chain Reaction Series” from the Facebook Make Indie Mainstream public group.
Here’s how it works:
On Wednesdays a ‘Interviewing Artist’ who will choose (tag) another artist and ask 10 questions which will be posted here to the group.
The “Interviewee Artist’ will have the until the following Wednesday to answer their 10 questions by posting their responses in the comment box of the post. Following the artist will choose a new (another) artist with 10 new questions and post in a NEW post, continuingg the Chain Reaction.
(Please do confer first with your chosen artist about the idea before posting so there’s a graceful way to say no ‘Thank You’ if they are not able to participate for any reason)

Third entry up – 10 questions to singer-songwriter & Grammy nominated producer Ira Walker.

1. You’re a multi-talented musician Ira at what age did you find yourself in music?

. “Who remembers their first orgasm…… I’m still working on manhood. When I grow up I hope to be more informed. How old are you in the 4th grade?….10?”


2. As a classically trained musician it might surprise people to learn.. just what instrument you took lessons for?

“Around 15… I had 7 yrs. of drums lessons from Larry Vann – 3yrs of bass lessons elec/ Bernard Williams, upright from Joe Cook in Berkeley. Latin Jazz guitar from Tony Flores @ Fiore Music in Oakland” Drums are my first instrument and what I studied in school.”


3. As a Grammy nominated producer what advice do you have for aspiring newbies n the business ?

“Are you sure read ……this before opening!!”


4. Who have some of your favorite performances/gigs been with?

“To many to count…. my very first @ Ruthie’s Inn [Berkeley] will always be where I found this Circus . And @ 15!!… My Dad keeping an eye out on me… That’s How Make Gumbo” LoL


5.  As  one of the most prolific songwriter’s I have the pleasure of knowing what is your most often used muse?

“Life… my view …from the filter of how I was taught! Just dumb luck that I laugh a lot too.”


6. Ira Walker’s favorite Ira Walker song and why?

“I’d like to see again” .. a song I wrote when my father died. “Gods Face” ….. a song I wrote for me…. Proof in the Testimony.”


7.  Today you may not be known for your Rock n Roll days, what was your band’s name & what instrument did you play?

“Short version …..Billy Satellite on Capitol Records 1984 and I played bass/ wrote/ sang.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWuYGy6mwRE…



8.  What are you most passionate about today outside of your music?

“Food… I love cooking, growing, & learning about food, spices, & and cultural influences! Epicurean expertise I seem to be developing’


9. What are your thoughts about online collaborations between artists from around the world?

“Sounds great in theory….. but like any good dish! Got to have the right ingredients.” 😀


10. What’s on Ira’s horizon’s?

“My latest ventures….. The Love Rascals, Ari Reiter, & a few others that I’ve signed to production, and Record deals”


For more about Ira and his music visit http://www.reverbnation.com/mrirawalker  and http://irawalker.net/





Magazine Gap & Slipstream~ Expression Through Song

I was delighted to find a message from an amazing vocalist who introduced me to his band’s music; Magazine Gap who hails from the United kingdom
Every once in a while a song will take my breath the first time I hear it because the lyrics or the music or both express something maybe we have been deeply feeling. But there are feelings or circumstances even as a writer I struggle to find the accurate words to express it. 
 Magazine Gap has an empowering piece of music in this song: lyrically & musically.
James so wisely expresses with his lyrics.“caught in the slipstream of life” just exactly what I knew to be my own experience. Only now through James & Magazine Gap’ I have a word that so adequately expresses that Slipstream
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Please enjoy Magazine Gap’s signature style and sound. 
See below links to learn more about the band and their music.
 I thank you James.


a brief bio  about the band Magazine Gap

” Cookie is a veteran session player and music producer who I (James) was introduced to when looking for someone to produce my debut album, “No Coincidence” (available on iTunes etc…!!). An amazing musician and producer, he did such an incredible job and we became very close friends. up. Alex was a classically trained but highly versatile pianist who was making a name for himself on the jazz scene in London; Cookie had previously met him on a session they did together and kept his details for a future project – he thought he’d be perfect for us. How right he was! Alex made such a significant contribution to the sound that it became apparent very quickly that we were morphing into a band with a distinct sound (as opposed to that of a singer/songwriter with a backing group).

We therefore created Magazine Gap, and haven’t looked back!  ~ James