Dance music was always in the background of Frank Walker’s life, until it came to – and in fact became — the fore.
The Toronto-born producer was introduced to the genre at the same time as millions of people around the world, via Tiësto’s set during the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Amidst filling the house with the larger-than-life melodies of Billy Joel and Elton John, Walker’s dad also blasted the work of Italian trance legend Robert Miles, with friends over time playing him everything from Armin Van Buuren to Pendulum.
Then the EDM boom hit ,and Walker started understanding dance music not just as casual listening, but as a genuine love, then a serious hobby and then ultimately, a career path. He establised himself as a go-to DJ in the bar and club scene at his university near Toronto and in 2014 caught his big break upon connecting with Kygo’s manager Myles Shear, who signed him as a management client.
Walker has since played some of the world’s biggest dance festivals, including EDC Las Vegas and Ultra Japan and in 2022 had his biggest touring year to date, hitting the road in South America as a support at for Kygo and scoring a mainstage slot at Ultra Miami amidst many other global clubs and festivals.
His catalog has clocked 400 million global streams, with a flurry of singles charting in the U.S. and Canada. Walker adds to that catalog with his first release of 2023, the sonically euphoric, lyrically bittersweet Ella Henderson collab “I Go Dancing” — a key sentiment for Walker as dance music has become his guiding force.
“The sets are better than ever; my production is better than ever,” he says. “It’s all coming together.”