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Catching up with T.I.M

T.I.M is an up and coming artist who burst onto the streaming scene in 2020. Having always had a natural affinity for music, T.I.M got his first professional singing job at the age of ten. Honing his craft over the years, T.I.M went on to form a punk band, Fornicators, in Sweden back in 2001. The band produced four albums and toured throughout Europe and the United States multiple times.

After moving to the other coast of Sweden, T.I.M began pursuing his own original music as a solo artist; recording all of his own live instrumentation at home, with drums being the only element that was recorded in London by a friend. Although he receives creative inspiration from a number of styles, T.I.M combines a variety of compositional elements to form his unique sound.

What made you want to become a musician?

I didn’t really, I was not really interested in becoming anything until I was around 25 or so, that’s when I started getting some gigs with my punk band and realized how many people and places you could meet and go to, the knowledge of perhaps reaching someone with your lyrics and your music was interesting to me.

What strengths do you have that you believe make you a great musician?

I think I’m a good storyteller and I try to keep
that part as a red wire trough everything I compose. Also I never give up and I don’t have any unrealistic dreams, that’s a very important part of really anything you choose to do.

So what is T.I.M about?

I’ve Been involved in a lot of different types of music for almost 35 years. Now I’ve just finished my first solo work, an E.P titled T.I.M. I started out in a punk band in 2001 but had written a lot of lyrics trough the years that just didn’t fit into that band. When I moved from the east coast of Sweden to the west coast I decided to take the time to learn about the art of recording myself, since I couldn’t practice with my band as often before. The result is my solo project T.I.M

What musicians inspires you and motivates you?
As for inspiration I would say daily things that I see but maybe not quite get the importance of it until I have the time to sit down and think about it in a musical way, could be everything from social letdowns to different cultures and how people interact with each other. Musically wise I would say the musician Tim Armstrong have inspired me a lot.

Other bands that I can draw inspiration from but it may not be that obvious in my own music are bands like Rage Against The Machine, Toydolls, Dropkick Murphy’s U.S Bombs, Cash, Eminem and the list goes on and on.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
Except just becoming a dad, I would say creating this E.P pretty much by myself is a really impressive thing for me.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?

My advise would be not to have your mind set into “break into the industry” instead to believe in what you do and do it because it’s something you love, if the industry likes it, and you like the industry then good for you.

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