If you ask Tim Carr to describe his music you will find a consistently pure answer. His music is a portrait of the world through his eyes. He’s not going for anything in particular – not melodrama, certainly not vanity, and not fame. He’s just sharing his experiences and observations. He’s just being Tim.
Tim invited me into his space where he creates his music and I got the see the process behind his songs. The beat and lyrics come organically for Tim, and then he goes with a gut feeling for the final touches on the project. In our chat, the conversation touches base with all sides of the universe, from Lady Gaga to Cat Stevens, and ex-boy friends to rugby super star and founder of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. Watch the video to the end, Tim’s expression is priceless when he finds out that Ben Cohen is straight!
Having been drawn to the stage early in life, a theatrical influence transmits through Tim’s music (one that is glaringly evident in his live shows). His upcoming release, “The Shadows“, plays on this whimsical nature while also crossing in darker territory. Tim admits that “My music shows two sides of me. One that is playful and energetic (I love to dance). But one that is also introverted and dark. It’s really just about the things that I experience in everyday life… happiness, tragedy and all of that.” MORE
For Tim this clarity was forged from past musical ventures. In his early 20’s he moved to Los Angeles and began working in mainstream music with the likes of Chris Fields and ELO. However he quickly grew frustrated with the overproduced mentality and overbearing industry aspect of the LA music scene. Emphatically he sought refuge in San Francisco where he began writing and composing music with the simple idea that music should be about art first and industry last.
His new city had a lot to offer. As opposed to fighting for creative expression, he now found the quirks of his music being loudly applauded. In a few short years he established himself as a member of the SF music scene with the release of “The Tim Carr Project”, something that he considers his first “true” album. Inspired by the success of this record, a new creative freedom, and his quirky surroundings, Tim was eager to put out another album.
For the new release, “The Shadows“, Tim teamed up with indie engineer and drummer Chris Crawford (French Miami) who recorded and performed on his last project. However this time he enlisted also enlisted the talents of veteran guitarist and mixing engineer Phil Manly (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs). The resulting sound is a perfect blend of all Tim’s flavors… it’s dancy, dark, silly, fun, angry… it’s Tim.
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