EarlyGame's Artist of the Day: Ash Walker

With a fearsome reputation, Ash Walker has a complex and hard-hitting sound. Of course, that means we asked him about video games.

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Who is Ash Walker? | © Ash Walker

Ash Walker built a reputation as a fiercely underground DJ with his deep selections of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues, latin hitters, complimentary roots and culture selections. He has livened up parties all around the world with a heavyweight astral shower of rhythm and vibes.

This deep myriad of inspiration can be heard in Ash’s own production output with his first two albums, Augmented 7th (2015) and Echo Chamber (2016). Both were released to critical acclaim across the independent scene, accumulating millions of plays and gaining serious attention from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Clash Magazine, FACT, and XLR8R to name just a few.

The success of these releases attracted the world renowned Late Night Tales, signing Ash to their sister label Night Time Stories for his highly anticipated third album (due to land this summer). Ash has now become part of an internationally respected heavyweight roster including Khruangbin, Sasha, Ron Trent, and Liefur James.

While Ash continues to thrive on the recording side, he has developed his unique sound into ‘The Ash Walker Experience’ a formidable 5 piece lineup that has already graced the stages of some of the biggest UK & European festivals as well as prestigious venues such as 'Sold-out' shows at The Jazz Cafe and Electric Brixton. Featuring Laville on vocals, Kwame Ambrose on drums, Hari-Lee Evans on bass, Nicola Guida on keys, and Ash at the controls on the MPC & Space Station.

Of course, we decided to ask him a few questions about music and video games. Here's what he had to say...

What is your favorite video game soundtrack?

Donkey Kong.

Who's your favorite video game music composer?

David Wise.

What’s your favorite video game?

Mario Kart.

What game inspired you to do music?

Alex the kid.

What video game are you currently playing?

Tetris.

Would you ever like to write music for video games? What would it be like?

GTA.

How important is music for video games / video games for music?

So important, it's one of our our first proper avenues into music.