Richard Waller, III was born and raised in the culturally-diverse city of Philadelphia, PA. His early recognition of loving music and the drums, as his instrument of choice, happened while listening to his father’s band rehearse in the basement of their home. Although he loved music at an early age he didn’t start playing drums until the age of thirteen. Richard went on to develop his skills as a drummer in his teenage years at Philadelphia’s prestigious Settlement Music School. In his senior year in high school he won a scholarship from The Rohm & Haas Corporation, which paid tuition for him to attend Settlement Music School’s jazz program, which included notable bassist Christian McBride. Also while in high school a teacher introduced him to a collection of pre-owned REP and keyboard magazines, which stimulated his interested in keyboard and recording. After high school he earned an Associates of the Arts Degree with honors from Philadelphia Community College. He furthered his education at Temple University studying the Business of Music.
After Richard’s education tenure, he hit the road playing with several musicians from various genres including Jamaladeen Tacuma, The Nate Wiley Organ Trio and several R&B and wedding bands. Most notably Richard has toured with Owen Brown, The Intruders, Gerald Veasley and Music Report. Richard has more than 30 years of experience in the music business as a Musician (Drummer), Grammy Winning and Multi-platinum Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer, Record Producer, Composer, Educator, and Label Executive. Richard has worked with The Roots, John Legend, Jadakiss, Whitney Peyton, Jimmie Van Zant, Supreem Da Rezarekta’, The Ebonys and Grover Washington Jr. and many others.
Currently, Richard owns and operates his production company (The Walcom Music Group, LLC). Richard is also the Pro-Audio Application Specialist for Essential Sound Products and a Product Specialist for Accusound Cable Company. He’s also a BMI Songwriter and Publisher and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (The Grammys) where he currently serves on the Philadelphia Chapter’s Producers and Engineers board (The P&E Wing).