‘Maybe one day’ sings sultry pop newcomer Aacacia – that name a short stretch from the one she’s had since birth – itself a forever reminder of her childhood on the sunny shores of Aotearoa’s largest lake. Acacia Walker has a richly layered voice that’s stand out enough to catch the ears of some of our best current pop exponents on Instagram, and more recently NZ On Air, who have included her debut single Bend on their NewTracks compilation this September.
My full name is Acacia Elan Walker and I mostly grew up in Taupo. I play guitar, while trying to get my head around a keyboard!
I performed kapa haka in school for about 6 years and learnt a lot of vocally challenging songs through practice and rehearsals. I learnt to sing with intense emotion, so I definitely think I’ve transferred that into my own songs.
I featured on a Lee Mvtthews track last year, and just my debut single at the moment! The start of many more 🙂
I’ve always loved singing, and found a real passion for writing once I took the leap to pursue music. I’ve been working towards becoming a musician for about three years now, and since then have managed to find a really awesome team. It all started with uploading a cover of Catching Feelings by Drax Project ft. Six60 on Instagram which then lead to performing at RnV with Drax. Things really evolved from there, and I’ve been lucky enough to get a lot of writing done with such talented people. I’d say Neil MacLeod, Marlon and Drax have really helped me bring out my character in the songs we make.
I think I’ve become a lot more open-minded since I started making music. Queen has been such an inspiration for me lately, as he always tried new things and experimented to drive innovation of music!
Well Acacia is my real name, and the extra A was added because Acacia was taken. The extra letter has definitely grown on me!
I would say performing at Six60 Saturdays in Lower Hutt with Drax Project. Was such a big show (20,000), with musicians I really admire. I’ll never forget that!
I think it has to be the subtle chord changes that happen throughout the song, keeping it interesting. But ultimately, I think the melodies really drive the song!
We’re all a product of our own experiences, and this song is centred around the idea of drowning out negative experiences through more exciting ones, such as the nightlife.
I love the silent chorus towards the end! As it really gives the audience a moment with a stripped back version of the hook.
I wrote this song with Neil McLeod, who also produced it. He’s such a talented guy! We work really well together.
It’s really there to catch a vibe, with a sense of realisation for a current or past point in their lives, as I think most people can relate to this in a way.
I think the strength of the melody and lyrics are big for me, and just how I feel when I listen to it.
There’s definitely more songs in the pipelines, and a feature or two. That’s all I’ll say!
I would say Falling in Love by LA Women, Turning Blue by Indyah and Revolution by Mali-koa (a Kiwi living overseas) 🙂
I really love Tiny Desk Concert, artist spotlight stories and sodajerker on songwriting!
New Tracks is a compilation of new music from New Zealand artists which is distributed to broadcast and online platforms on the first of each month. Previously the Kiwi Hit Disc, New Tracks is one of the ways that New Zealand on Air promotes kiwi music to the industry, radio, streaming services, and media. To apply for New Tracks you must have a completed, airplay-ready song and a promotional plan.