Here is what he recently had to say about life during coronavirus times.
How have you been spending your downtime?
I wish I could say it’s downtime! I’m actually still working. I do a lot of records by myself, and I’m finishing up (producing) three records, so it’s taking most of my time – a Wallflowers record, the new Jewel and Matt Nathanson. And I’m getting ready to start another Green Day record (Walker co-produced the band’s current “Father of All…”). I’m working in isolation, which is cathartic, anyway.
Butch Walker, a native of Cartersville, Ga., last played Music Midtown more than 20 years ago. He returned on Sept. 16, 2018 with a vigorous set of rockers. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What do you miss the most during these times?
I’m a Southern hugger, and I’ve had 50 years of that, so having to retrain my brain to actually not go up and hug people when I see them, it’s weird. I guess now I know what it feels like to be the person who was always weirded out by me coming up to hug them! I grew up doing that — not in a creepy way — it’s just the way Southerners always greeted each other. Everyone is craving human contact and the ability to see each other face to face. It’s been hard, and it’s been a lot of Zoom living.
What music are you listening to?
I listen to a lot of stuff that people probably think I wouldn’t listen to since I’m making contemporary music. I like weird, old jazz, and right now I’m really into Ethiopian music. It’s so beautiful, the scales that are used for it. I know that doesn’t sound cool, but it is what is it. I go through phases where I only want to listen to metal or soft rock, and right now it happens to be Ethiopian. When I’m home with the fam, I haven’t been able to do much but watch every single rerun of “The Office.” I’m a huge fan of that beat of comedy, so I’m introducing my son to some older Christopher Guest mockumentaries. We’re having a great time. It’s been a blessing in disguise; he and I are getting a chance to connect. He’s such a little art kid, so it’s been great to trade (interests) back and forth.
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