Timber Timbre Share The Creative Process Behind Their Music

In anticipation of their debut concert in Singapore, Taylor Kirk from Canadian Folk Rock band, Timber Timbre, shares more about music, what it was like working with Lou Doillon, and performing in Singapore! Check out their performance on 23 May 2019 at Substation Theatre, 8pm. We hope you’re as excited as we are!

This is your debut in Singapore, how do you feel about your upcoming show this 23 May? 

Feverish excitement and anticipation.

In your latest album Sincerely, Future Pollution, you talk about the decay of our society/generation being consumed with urbanisation and social media. Why is this topic so important to you that you have decided to talk about it through your music?

I wouldn’t say that it’s important. Let’s just say it was a distraction at the time. It wasn’t chosen so much as it couldn’t be ignored

We read that you unconsciously drew inspiration from the 80s and French touch in this new album, what do you think of the evolution of your music since your first albums? And what do you think about the 80s?

The 80’s were fun but I was just a kid then. Influences shift so much, triggered by a fad or nostalgia, and then there are things that remain constant and more pervasive. I think it’s interesting. The evolution reveals more to me about where things were at;  more than any one song or lyric.

Each of your albums sound different from each other, how do you determine the mood, emotion and atmosphere (direction) of each?

The direction behind each album is undetermined.

How do you build your songs? Are the music and arrangements dictated by the songs’ subject matter? Or do the lyrics come after the music? In short, what is your creative process like?

Long, slow and arduous. Our creative process can be quite confusing and mostly unpredictable.

There seems to be a connectedness between the artistry in films and your music videos. I read, that you studied film making in school, would you say that because there’s a personal attachment to films that somehow it directs your creative work?

Yes, this kind of question comes up often. Cinema and film music has always interested me as much as any other medium or genre. But I really think it’s much more that song-writing is just not my area, rather I have meandering subjects and melodies. It’s mood music. I’m not a great instrumentalist either but I can get at an image or a feeling one way or another.

We read that you produced for Lou Doillon. How was it and do you have other plans coming up soon?

I like Lou, she’s so smart and cool, and seems to have an endless access to great songs. I liked what we made together. It was the first time I’ve really been invited to do this kind of work.

Lately I’ve been working more informally, recording a few songs at a time on my own mostly, and considering cassette only releases.

We’re almost midway through 2019, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

I bought an old house and I’m trying to make it a home and a nice place to work.  It needs a lot of attention and I’m hoping to learn a few things at it.

To someone who has never listened to Timber Timbre, how would you describe your music to that person?

Soft rock. Easy rock. “Cinematic”

Lastly, what can fans in Singapore expect from your show?

Hard rock.

 

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