Don walker in black and white. Image by Wendy McDougall

Learn From The Best: Don Walker’s Advice for Aspiring Songwriters

Australian singer-songwriter Don Walker is a household name when it comes to rock music. With a career spanning over four decades, he has made an indelible impact on the music industry.

Don joined Matty O on Triple M Homegrown to discuss his latest album, “Lightning In A Clear Blue Sky,” and share some insights on his songwriting process.

Don’s experience in the music industry has given him a wealth of knowledge that he is eager to share with upcoming songwriters. He advises against forcing creativity, encouraging songwriters to let their ideas come naturally.

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“Don’t force it, let it come.”

Don Walker, on songwriting.

Don’s new album was recorded in just two days, a remarkable feat by any standards. During the interview, he walked us through the process and highlighted some of the key aspects of the recording. He also discussed how the COVID-19 lockdowns affected his writing and how collaborating with other artists helped him complete his work. Don emphasized the importance of deadlines in his creative process, explaining how they force him to focus and make decisions quickly.

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As one of the founding members of Cold Chisel, Don has been instrumental in mentoring his bandmates into the great songwriters they are today. In the interview, he shares some insights into his approach to mentoring, emphasizing the importance of giving his collaborators creative freedom while also providing guidance and support.

To cap off the interview, Don played a game of “Memory Lane,” where he shared stories from some of the iconic gigs he has played throughout his career. Giving listeners a glimpse into the life of one of Australia’s most celebrated musicians.

Listen to the full interview below:

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