In the world of music production, the journey to success is often as unique as the music itself. One such journey is that of Anthoine Walters, a multi-platinum, two-time Grammy-nominated Canadian producer from Toronto. Known for his work with Drake, Post Malone, J Cole, and Roddy Ricch, Walters’ path to success is a story of chance encounters, perseverance, and a deep passion for music.
Walters’ journey began in his youth, with his father playing the keys in church and Walters himself being part of the kids’ church choir. This early exposure to music laid the foundation for his future career. However, it wasn’t until he was working in a hospital, caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, that his path to music production truly began.
While working in the hospital, Walters met the patient’s mother, Anne, who took a keen interest in his care for her son. One day, while humming a jingle from Wheel of Fortune, Anne complimented Walters on his beautiful voice and mentioned her grandson, a big producer, who used to visit often. This grandson turned out to be Adam Feeney, better known as Frank Dukes (or “Ging”), a renowned music producer. This chance encounter sparked Walters’ interest in music production and set him on a path that would change his life.
The Turning Point
After meeting Frank Dukes, Walters was invited to his house to record some vocals. Despite not hearing from Dukes for a while after their session, Walters remained patient and continued his life, finishing school and working at a bank. It wasn’t until five years later that he received a call from Dukes, informing him that some of their recorded material was being used and needed his signature for the paperwork. This material turned out to be for Post Malone’s hit song “Wow.” marking Walters’ entry into the professional music landscape.
Following the success of “Wow.” Walters signed a deal with Frank Dukes. Despite his limited knowledge of music production at the time, Walters trusted Dukes and began learning more about the industry. He started working with other artists and producers, learning about sound manipulation, and experimenting with his voice to create unique sounds. This period of learning and growth solidified Walters’ place in the music industry and set the stage for his future success.
Anthoine Walters’ journey to success is a testament to the power of chance encounters, perseverance, and passion. From singing in a church choir to becoming a Grammy-nominated producer, Walters’ story serves as an inspiration for aspiring artists and producers. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the path to success is not always straightforward, but with patience, dedication, and a little bit of luck, anything is possible.
This article is based on our Spill Your Sauce interview with Anthoine, which you can watch here.
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