When a new artist breaks out on the scene, them and their team quickly have a checklist to keep the momentum going. Becoming extremely active on social media. Pushing out more new music to shut down the one hit wonder curse. And, scheduling interviews to grow and connect with an even bigger fanbase than before. But, R&B newcomer Summer Walker has made it clear to that if you’re interested in getting to know her, just take a listen to her music and you’ll hear all you need to know. Her music doesn’t only speak for itself, but for her as well.
In a recent interview on Apple Music’s Up Next Artist Beats 1, the Atlanta singer shared with host Julie Adenuga that she simply doesn’t like talking.
In her Up Next Artist profile she said, “Whenever something is completely bothering me, I like to hold it in ‘cause I don’t talk to a lot of people. That’s why a lot of times my songs are emotional…I never been a girl who writes in her diary. Pro Tool sessions are my diary pages.”
The 22-year-old’s first interview since her hit single, “Girls Need Love”, received mixed responses which she addressed on her Instagram.
It’s common for introverts to be misunderstood and oftentimes it’s frustrating and cause us to want to want to shut down because we become uncomfortable feeling like outcasts. Especially in Summer’s case when the world is watching you. It’s easy to feel defeated within your own creativity when your music is being praised, but you as a person isn’t being widely accepted by the public.
It’s not only refreshing, but also inspiring that Walker is a musician that’s in the spotlight publicly making it known that she’s not going to change her laidback personality to conform to the “rules” of the industry. Recently, she made her late-night television premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Walker changed the set to as if the audience was sitting in her bedroom with her and her friends. Simply sitting with a black hoodie, sweats and her guitar in her hands. Without even realizing it, her making her comfortability a priority is changing the game of the expectations of what a live performance is “supposed” to look like.
Even with her latest live EP, Clear, makes you feel as if you’re with chilling with her in the studio similarly to her fan favorite “Session 32”. The visual for the project transports you into the tranquil treehouse that she recorded and filmed it in. It’s her self-expression in human form.
If people are going to praise her for how raw and transparent her music is, then they also have to embrace her authentic self which is quiet and private. Adenuga told Walker, “I’m looking forward to how you are gonna live in a world as a musician where the rules are so different to what you feel comfortable with.” I hope I can speak for not just myself, but for all Walker’s fans when I say I’m excited for Walker to keep breaking down the barriers of the music industry as a punk game changer.