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|Tim Walsh (musician)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Timothy William "T.W." Walsh (born January 26, 1975 in Melrose, Massachusetts) is an indie rock singer, songwriter, and producer. He has learned to play guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums.
In August 2003, Walsh joined Pedro the Lion, led by David Bazan. The two would also collaborate on Bazan's Headphones project. Walsh was, aside from Bazan, the only other official member of Pedro the Lion, and was heavily involved in the recording of Pedro the Lion's Achilles Heel. Citing personal and financial reasons, Walsh left both projects in late 2005, after which Bazan retired the Pedro the Lion moniker.
In 2006, Walsh released the EP In Moderation for his new solo project, The Soft Drugs.
Walsh has also had the privilege of providing musical and production assistance for many other artists, including Starflyer 59, Bosque Brown, Heidi Saperstein, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Crystal Skulls, and Brian Michael Roff and the Deer.
AN ARCHIVED INTERVIEW CONSISTING OF TEN QUESTIONS
LAS: 01. How did you get started in the rock business?
T.W. Walsh: I started playing drums when I was twelve. I started writing songs when I was about 18. When I was 24, I sent a demo to Made in Mexico and some other labels. Made in Mexico put out my first record in 1999. That's when I met Bazan, who throws me a bone every once in a while, like letting me go on tour.
02. Have you been to Pocatello, Idaho before?
No, but I've been to Boise. We played a show there, and then stayed at the promoter's house. There was a small office in the basement that had animal heads mounted on every square inch of every wall. It was fucking creepy.
03. Are you, Bazan and Jurado some kind of a gang?
We don't hang out often - I live in Boston, they live in Seattle. I speak to Dave a lot, but I haven't spent much time with Damien. But whenever we get together we usually hold up a couple convenience stores so I guess we qualify as a gang.
04. What has your music taught you about yourself that you would have never learned without it?
It has taught me that I can focus with great intensity. I have trouble concentrating on other types of work, but writing, playing and engineering music seem to come naturally.
05. How often do you listen to Neil Young?
More often than Bad Brains, less often than the Beatles. I actually occasionally document what I'm listening to at http://twwalsh.com/earblog.
|T.W. Walsh, the proud owner of a new cymbal.|
06. Does Neil Young make you wish you were Canadian? Or would you rather he were an American?
I would rather he was American, but sometimes Leonard Cohen makes me wish I was French Canadian (and Jewish).
07. What do you think of Neutral Milk Hotel? Favorite record?
I like Neutral Milk Hotel a lot. My favorite of the two full-lengths is In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. On Avery Island is good too, but a lot of the songs have the same music. Just the words are different.
08. How did you come to release Pollensongs as an EP rather than as a full album? How do you know when an album is "done" for you?
Pollensongs was conceived of as an EP. That's what Jon at My Pal God asked me to put together. At one point I thought about making it longer, but that would be stretching my agreement with Truckstop. I'm glad it stayed an EP, because I don't think I would have been able to sustain that mood over a longer record. I know an album is "done" when it is four weeks past my deadline.
09. Do you put a cap on how "upbeat" a song can be?
For a few years I was living in an apartment where I couldn't make any noise. Every time I sat down to write, being forced to play quietly kind of directed me towards sadder, slower material. I also identify with the aesthetic of artists like Low and Bedhead, and it felt like an appropriate area to work within. The slow/sad thing came together naturally, and it seemed to flourish with the live band I was working with.
Now I've got a small recording studio (see http://www.seventhbend.com) in which I can make a lot of noise, and I'm in a very content place in life. I expect these things to inform my work to some extent. After all, I also identify with the aesthetic of artists that rock my balls off.
10. You've bounced around a bit as far as labels go. Are you looking for a permanent home, or just drifting? Who will your next album be with?
It's really just a coincidence that I've worked with three different labels on my three records. Made in Mexico folded, and I moved to Truckstop which has worked out well. My Pal God approached me about doing a one-off record, which was fun too. Right now I'm still working with Truckstop. SEE ALSO: www.twwalsh.com
SEE ALSO: www.myspace.com/twwalsh
SEE ALSO: www.myspace.com/thesoftdrugs
SEE ALSO: www.myspace.com/twwalshmastering
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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