Multiple CCMA and JUNO award-winning Country duo Doc Walker, who is set to release their new single “She Wants What She Wants” on September 24th via all streaming platforms. The new track is a catchy tune about a woman leaving her man behind to find what she wants after feeling tired of being treated like an afterthought.
We had the opportunity to chat with Doc Walker’s Dave Wasyliw about the new single, his creative process and what he’s learned along the way.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your latest single?
Dave: When Chris first started the song it was about his daughter getting her heart broken. It was hypothetical, because she was only 9 at the time it was written. But when the lyrics started to flow, the story quickly evolved away from the daughter/heartbreak idea and landed as a story of a woman’s escape/liberation from a toxic relationship. We have both experienced toxic relationships in the past and how freeing it felt when they ended. I think the reason the song has resonated so well is because most people have “been there”, too.
Kat: What do you hope fans take from the track?
Dave: Once we release a song, it is really out of our hands. After all the re-writes, the many demos, the days of hammering it out in the studio; we can only hope that you like it. The reason why you like it is between you and the song.
Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process?
Dave: The most challenging part of my creative process is the lyric writing. Progressions and melodies come fairly easy most of the time, or maybe they just seem easy compared to the lyrics! Sometimes (rarely) lyrics come to me quickly, but I typically spend days/weeks and even months pondering lyrics. It isn’t agonizing, but it really is time consuming.
Kat: What has been a career highlight for you so far? What have you learned along the way?
Dave: I find it hard to weigh career highlights to one another, but 11-year-old me would have flipped out about opening for Bon Jovi show in the same building that Gretzky and the Oilers won all them cups. We learned the importance of persistence early on. Our first song wasn’t a hit, and our first show wasn’t a sell-out. Actually, our first hundred plus songs were not hits, and we played so many places where the band members out-numbered the audience along the way. Eventually a song broke for us, and people started showing up to our shows. And since then, it has been our goal to keep them showing up.
Kat: What’s next for the remainder of 2021?
Dave: While there are no planned tours on the books until 2022, we have a few more 2021 shows (one of which is a hometown show in Winnipeg on November 5th). With the release of “She Wants What She Wants”, and the last year and a half in the rear-view, it is hard to put into words the excitement we feel to be making music together again.
For more on Doc Walker visit: https://www.docwalker.ca