Founder / Percussion
Aaron Walker-Loud is a producer, composer, musician, band director, educator and a proud alum of Garfield High School and Washington Middle School Jazz Ensembles / Drumlines (directed by Clarence Acox and Robert Knatt). Born and raised in the Central District of Seattle, he was blessed to be able to study under these world-renowned educators, performing and competing across the nation and Europe between 1993 and 1998. All though as a young kid Aaron actually thought he was going to be a Hip-Hop deejay, seriously captivated by musical forces such as Public Enemy, Run DMC, SWV, DJ Quick, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ready Rock C, Ice Cube, Michael Jackson, The Bomb Squad, D-Nice and the Ghetto Boys; his beatboxing and school cafeteria table drumming lead him into a different direction all together once he became a percussion student of Mr. Knatt’s music program dynasty in 1991.
After further education and inspiration from educator and percussionist Mr. Brian Kirk (Seattle Central Community College), in parallel to blossoming artistic relationships in the Northwest Hip-Hop and World Music scenes (especially ignited by mentorship from creative giants like world-champion breakdancing crew: the Massive Monkees, and versatile percussionists: Ivan Galvez, Thione Diop, Absolom Shantz and Teo Shantz), Walker-Loud began to evolve as an artist himself; in composing, improvising and performing. Separate from the direct mentoring he was experiencing at this time in his life, his home speakers were regularly being pounded by the style and emotion of innovative artists/collectives such as Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchel, RZA, Carlton Barrett, DJ Premier, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, John Coltrane, Fela Kuti, Organized Noize, John Bonham, Pharrell Williams, OutKast, Jimi Hendrix, Lowell “Sly” Dunbar, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Bootsy Collins, Harvey Mason, Questlove, Carlos Santana, Tony Allen, Curtis Mayfield, Erick Sermon, Isaac Hayes, Billy Cobham and his favorite drummer of all time Elvin Jones.
In 2004, continuing to be creatively pushed from all sides (stages, private events, collaborative studio development with The Flood, One Family Inc. and Iguales), Aaron had finally been driven to establish his own project: Big World Breaks. Other artists and collectives Aaron has had the opportunity to work with include Bakrabata, Picoso, Kore Ionz, Darrius Willrich, Owuor Arunga, Love City Love, Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme, Dr. Julian Priester, Andrew Vait, The New Triumph, Evan Flory-Barnes, Jennifer Johns, Thione Diop’s Afro Groove and The Jefferson Rose Band. Between 2010-2012 Aaron and his wife Jazmyn developed and launched 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, an online interactive experience including music from Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop artists and featuring a short film by Avi Loud. This subsequently led Aaron and Jazmyn to be recruited in 2014 to co-curate The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry (runs 9-19-15 through 5-1-16).
The other half of Aaron’s life that compliments his musical path is as an educator and youth program designer. Since 1999 he has worked with several youth programs including Community Day School Association, School’s Out Washington and Seattle Parks and Recreation. He is now a Creative Advantage roster member (Seattle Office of Arts and Culture), an Arts Corps teaching artist (since 2008), the Education Director for Seattle JazzED (working alongside his original music educators Mr. Clarence Acox and Mr. Robert Knatt) and works with the following drumline programs: Washington Middle School (since 2008), Roosevelt High School and O’Dea High School.
50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide
The Town Entertainment
Adam Curtis Design
A Real Grip, LLC