Biography of Chandra Walker
The expressive qualities that tie all forms of musical creativity together are things that I, as a relentlessly passionate and studious professional, hold in extraordinarily high esteem.
I was born into a musical family and my youth was replete with stories of my father's travails around the globe with his band, Asian Dub Foundation. Since then I have been in two touring bands, The Alternative Dubstep Orchestra and The Electric Swing Circus, assuming the roles of composer, drummer and keyboard player. These two outfits were, artistically and musically, starkly different and compelled me to improve my capabilities in both the live and studio setting.
I joined the Alternative Dubstep Orchetra in 2010 but departed shortly after in 2011 to dedicate the bulk of my creative capabilities to the Electric Swing Circus. I proceeded to spend the next 9 years with them shaping my craft, as the band's popularity surged upwards at an astonishing rate.
I have always been inspired, motivated and impassioned by the need to shape, create, discover, unfurl musical ideas and explore creative potential. My ideas stem from a disparate collection of sources and influences and are not tied down to any set of perceived genre conventions. I have also always had a huge interest in the more technical aspects of sound design and all the varying methods of production, mixing and mastering.
I bring all of these different avenues of knowledge and experience to the table with every project and compositional setting I encounter. At my core, I am a musician and pride myself on my ability to adapt seamlessly to many different musical contexts.
I get my musical inspiration from everything I consume, even the things I don't like, as negative influences are just as important as positive ones.
Inspiration musically: Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Bill Evans, Frank Zappa, Kenji Kawai, Gareth Coker, Allan Holdsworth, Ben Salisbury, Jacob Collier, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak, Miles Davis, Steve Reich, John Coltrane, John Corigliano, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nikolai Kapustin, Estradasphere, Pat Metheny, Weather Report, Hans Zimmer, Nicholas Britell, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Nobuo Uematsu, Motio Sakuraba.
Films / TV shows: Blade Runner / Blade Runner 2049, Arrival, Citizen Kane, A Clockwork Orange, There Will Be Blood, The Lighthouse, Annihilation, Moonlight, In the Mood for Love, Akira, Battleship Potemkin, Metropolis, The Thing, The Shining.
Games: Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Broken Age, Hollow Knight, Journey, Final Fantasy VII / X, Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3, Chrono Trigger, Bioshock 1, 2 & Infinite, Super Mario Galaxy.