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Meet Savannah Walker of Swallowed Sun in Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Walker.

Savannah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In the fall of 2018, I was introduced to Aaron and Caleb Hambrick through a mutual friend of ours. I was looking for other musicians to begin a project with; that project was Swallowed Sun. We immediately began collaborating, playing our first show at Smith’s Olde Bar only a couple of weeks after we met. We’ve been playing around town at venues like Smith’s, the Vinyl, and the Masquerade for about a year now. We’ve been working with three different guitarists lately, so over the course of the last few months, I’ve been lucky enough to play with some really talented individuals, whether it’s been in the studio or at a show. We’re all just trying to have fun and do what we love.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting out, we had a very unpolished sound. That was mainly due to a lack of experience on my part and, as we’ve progressed as a band, so has our sound. We’ve really come a long way from where we were when we started and it’s nice to see. Of course, there have been financial obstacles too. I’m a college student and it’s hard to consistently save for studio time and all the other expenses that go along with what we’re doing, all while playing shows that barely pay. It’s all worth it though, without a doubt.

Swallowed Sun – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Swallowed Sun is very unique in its sound. We’ve never been too concerned with putting a label on ourselves or trying to sound like other bands, we just play what feels right. We draw inspiration from all kinds of music, from alternative rock to fusion, funk, and progressive. We all have very different musical backgrounds, as Aaron and Caleb grew up listening to jazz and I grew up listening to rock. What I’m most proud of is everyone’s openness to new ideas and willingness to really collaborate. I think that what we’re doing is really special and I’m excited for people to hear it. I hope they like it as much as I do.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’m not here to make money, I’m here to make music. I might be speaking prematurely for Aaron and Caleb, but I believe they are too, as we all want to grow as much as we can, musically. To me, success is being able to do something that feels meaningful, and music is just that. At the end of the day, if I can create something that makes people feel good, I’m doing a good job.

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Image Credit:
Grace Bray, Alaina Albury, Madison Walker

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