Canadian DJ and producer Frank Walker caused a bit of a stir in the electronic music scene in March when he sort of appeared out of nowhere to play the main stage at Ultra Music Festival—immediately after he dropped four-song EP 24.
“It was kind of the start to a new creative chapter in my career,” says Walker, who will make his Las Vegas debut spinning at Intrigue on June 24. “We kind of wiped all the old stuff off the Internet so we could present a new image, a new sound and a new direction.”
That set in Miami marked Walker’s breakthrough moment, and now he’s poised for a big tour through North America and Europe before he performs at September’s Ultra Japan. “Not having toured much, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” he says. “But it’s good. I like it. And I can fall asleep as soon as I get on the plane.”
That skill will serve him well this summer, but he’s building his name on his musicality. “I don’t like putting a hard definition on my production, but I always focus on songwriting,” says Walker, who played guitar, bass, piano and drums in bands growing up. “With 24, I wanted to create something you would show your friends while you’re driving around, or something you can play by the pool that also works in the clubs. The most important thing is that it’s a really good song, not being tied to a certain sound.”
Expect a barrage of singles and remixes coming throughout the year, but Walker isn’t quite ready to commit to assembling a full album. “We have a lot of content we’re sitting on but no long-term commitments, which is nice. I have a couple very strong singles I just want to finalize and perfect.” Frank Walker at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas, June 24.