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Walter Duda

Walter Duda

Walter Duda

What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?

I have achieved three of my career goals in music: 1-recording my original music with professional musicians. 2-performing in some legendary New York City music venues. 3-having my music played on radio stations worldwide and receiving positive feedback from listeners who enjoy my music.

Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?

Some of my favorite songwriters are Michael Franks, Bobby Caldwell, Mose Allison and Brian Wilson. My favorite keyboardists are Brian Auger and George Duke. My favorite progressive rock bands are Yes and King Crimson. My favorite country singer is Vince Gill.

Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?

When I was a kid, I remember hearing and watching Dion & The Belmonts perform a song called “I Wonder Why” on Dick Clarke’s tv show and I knew then that rock and roll was cool. But when I heard the vocal harmony arrangements of Brian Wilson, I formed my first band comprised of my brother and some friends and we tried to emulate The Beach Boys' style.

What aspect of the creative process, from concept to market, do you personally find to be the most rewarding?

I am amazed that I sometimes actually come up with a melody and/or instrumental piece and can consider it my original idea. But for me, the most rewarding part of the creative process, after all the hard work of arranging, recording, editing, mixing and mastering the music in the studio, is listening to the finished product and hearing the great contributions of other musicians and how they interpreted my music.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?

The most challenging part of recording a new album is trying to coordinate the different schedules of the musicians with the recording studio’s schedule of available time. Of course, you always want to complete the recording as soon as possible. I try to be patient and persevere from the moment I finish writing a new song to the moment when I finally hear a recorded version.

What would your top “desert island” classic albums be, regardless of genre… the albums you turn to time after time for your own personal enjoyment and inspiration?

Some of the albums that I am inspired by and always enjoy listening to:

Michael Franks-Sleeping Gypsy

Brian Auger-Second Wind

King Crimson-In The Court Of The Crimson King

The Left Banke-Pretty Ballerina

Beach Boys-Pet Sounds

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