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3-time AIMA award winner for Best Alternative Artist, Best Indie Artist, and Best Indie Rock Artist, Walla does it again with their latest single, “101”. Released on January 20, Walla’s new single debuts on Spotify’s Top 10 New Music list with over 2 million plays inside of four weeks and listed as the “Fastest Rising Artist” on Last.fm. Not since the release of their hit single “Nature” in 2013 has their been such a “buzz” for a single release. “101” can be heard on several radio stations like KROQ 106.7 FM, WLSO 90.1 FM, 92.7 BIG FM in India, KGUP 1065 FM, and several college radio stations including CSUF, USC, and dozens more!

 

About Walla: 

Formed out of different times, places, and hardships. By random chance, these 5 individuals found each other through digital means and a common love for inventing new wavelengths.

 

Listeners describe WALLA as a indie pop, synth-based, retro-influenced, indie rock, or something along those lines. Their credentials range from 2 members being graduates from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, touring in Europe, scoring big band arrangements, and playing sold out concerts and festivals. All members have a background from a different part of the globe (Mexico/El Salvador, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil, Korea) which is advantageous in influencing their songs, but also disadvantageous because of student visa issues. Nevertheless WALLA continued to press on and eventually ranked #1 on Hypem.com, #6 on FMQB Radio Charts, landed press from Billboard, MTV to USA Today and Nylon Magazine. They were also invited to share the stage with one of the members of Depeche mode, worked with Grammy winning producers, and “zoned” out to a collaborative sound through multiple mediums from radio to the more obscure. “But still our goal since conception has never changed: to keep doing music out of a passion and pure love for it. The longer we can do it, the better, and the more people who can help and support our journey, the more we keep going.”

 

In 2013, WALLA won their first accolade for Best Indie Rock Artist at the 2nd Annual Artists In Music Awards, then repeated during the 3rd annual and took home two more awards including Best Alternative Artist at Universal City, CA on February 7th, 2014. WALLA looks to repeat for 3rd year in a row at Season IV of the Artists In Music Awards in 2015.

 

Picasso once said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Despite legal, economical, and financial challenges, WALLA continues to face that problem head on, going face first into the mysteriously inconceivable abyss. “Just like our songs, we never know where WALLA will take us next and we admit, we like it that way.”

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Jonathan Hoonch Kim – Guitar/Lead Vocals

Gabriel Nava Rodrigues – Synths/Backing Vocals

Ian Charlie – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals

Mauricio “Moebeats” Carcamo – Bass

Alessio Balsemin – Drums

 

DISCOGRAPHY

2015 – The Kids Are Alright (March 10, 2015)

2014 – Gangsters of Suburbia EP

2013 – Nature EP

2012 – Animal of Love EP

 

VCT:  It is great to finally have a chance to sit down with you guys, I am really interested in how Walla came about getting started can you tell me how you guys all met?

 

We were all online looking to play music for fun and it somehow turned into a band that we’ve been doing for a while now.

 

VCT:  Your discography is quite impressive and the awards you’ve won to date are proof that you 5 guys really know how to write hit songs, can you tell me a little bit about the secret sauce you’ve seem to have found when it comes to writing music?

 

Our theory of writing songs is that the song writes itself, you just have to be the medium to channel the spirit of the song.  So, lot’s of prayer in other words.

 

VCT: With over 2 million plays on Spotify and being named the “Fastest Rising Artist” on Last.fm, your latest single “101” is quite a marvel, it has amazing elements that keep the song pumping with energy and life, can you tell me a little bit about how this song came into being? 

 

It was written when I was sitting in traffic on the 101 and was bored out of my mind.  As you know the 101 is infamous in LA for its traffic, so I decided to do something productive and write a song.

 

VCT: How does it feel that you’ve gotten over 2 million listens on Spotify inside of four weeks?

 

We’re surprised that we even have 1 person that is listening to it.

 

VCT: I am amazed that more radio stations haven’t started to cover your material, it is quite a library of hit singles you’ve got, how can your fans help you get more radio airplay and exposure?

 

Just spread the word about WALLA and our songs to friends and family, it helps support us a lot more than anything else.

VCT: When it comes to music which do you prefer, recording or live performances?

 

Nothing compares to performing in front of a live audience

 

VCT:  I am sure your fans would love to hear some stories about your touring, care to share any?

 

One time our guitarist, Ian, shredded so hard his amp caught on fire.

VCT:  How did you work on your name WALLA, is there any secret your fans should know about?

 

It was an accidental name that stemmed from initially trying to be called, The Wallabys.

 

VCT:  What can your fans expect for 2015?

 

We have songs coming out soon. Some songs that we are even more excited about than “101”.

 

Connect with Walla:

Official Website www.thewallaband.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWallaBand

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/thewallaband

INSTAGRAM http://instagram.com/thewallaband

SOUNDCLOUD https://soundcloud.com/thewallaband

 

For interviews, appearances, and event bookings, contact agent <at> lainpr.com

 

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