Musician of the Week: John Walsh

YEAR:  Third Year

MAJOR:  Creative Writing

HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, N.Y.


What’s your instrument of choice?

My voice. I can play a bunch of instruments but when I map out a song I tend to think of others who can reach certain timbres that I may strive for but can’t reach without their help. That applies to everything accept my voice. It’s my try fingerprint in my musicality. 


What are you involved with musically?

My main musical outlet is my band The Micks from back home but I’ve been dabling in a lot of solo ventures and group efforts with friends while up here in New Paltz.


Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are those that I grew up playing music with. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing musicians from a young age and it’s created a competitive environment that pushes us all to create the best we possibly can.


Who have you been listening to lately?

Kendrick’s new album blew me away. Been listening to the honors Phony Ppl for a while now, their new album “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” is something everyone should check out. I’ve also been into this girl Kali Uchis. She’s kinda like the contemporary Columbian Amy Winehouse. 


What’s your plan for the future?

I’m working for Rolling Stone this summer. Other than that, when I graduate I’m going back home to really put my strongest effort into creating the greatest music I can, all this stuff that’s bumpin in my head, but up here alone I don’t have the necessary tools to release.


Any advice for aspiring musicians?


Listen to everything and never skip a song too fast. Once you’ve heard enough, turn the music off and start making your own.