CARLSBAD — Although Luke Walton has always been busy, a flurry of activity has surrounded the local musician since he graduated early from La Costa Canyon High School in January.
The mostly self-taught singer and songwriter, who also plays piano and guitar, has spent the last few months recording CDs of original music and performing around town, while documenting the climb of his musical career and posting the series of episodes on the Internet titled “Six Months to Make It.”
“‘Six Months to Make it’ is my journey from being an amateur to becoming a professional musician,” Walton said. “It’s more of a business relationship with my music.”
So far, he said, it has been an interesting journey.
In one of his earliest Webisodes, Walton applied to the new popular music program at USC.
“Students and faculty worldwide have wanted a music program like this, so when USC announced this major, tons of musicians applied,” Walton said. And in a subsequent Webisode, Walton found out he was one of only 14 students accepted.
It comes as no surprise to those who know him. Walton has always been well-known among his peers for his multiple musical talents, winning all but one year in the school’s battle of the bands competition, and winning this past year with his current band, Blue Suburbia.
But these days he is gaining national notoriety and hearing his songs played on the radio while making numerous guest appearances on local television and radio shows.
Walton caught national attention when he rewrote and posted “Love Song” for country music sensation Taylor Swift on YouTube.
“It all started off innocently enough, we were just having fun,” Walton said. “It just snowballed from there.”
So far, it has received more than 60,000 hits. And with every hit, Walton said, the video is one step closer to the top in the search engine and one step closer to being seen by Swift.
His hopes, he said, are for her to eventually see the video and contact him. But so far, it has been seen by just about everyone but Swift.
“A nationally syndicated local country radio deejay picked it up first,” Walton said. “Then, I just started stumbling upon the story when I Googled, ‘Luke Walton and Taylor Swift.’ I’d find links to NBC.com, USAtoday.com, AOL, Yahoo, blogs, fan sites, and various country radio sites across the nation that were all covering my story.”
Just how does all this publicity make him feel?
“It feels like I’m one step closer to dating Taylor Swift,” he half-joked.
With a few more months to “make it” before leaving for college, Walton’s journey is far from over. Walton is busy playing the fair and local coffee houses and restaurants.
He continues to make Webisodes, and has written and recorded a sequel for Swift, called “Hello Beautiful.”
“One of my favorite things to do is write songs,” he said. “Some kids like to party, I like to write songs.”
To follow Walton’s Webisodes, help him “get a date with Taylor Swift,” or find out where he is playing around town, visit Lukewaltonmusic.com.