Tim Emerich







What is music to you? What does it give you?

music is the one thing in life that i understand more than the language i speak. it's always there for me when every thing else fails. it moves me, it motivates me, it carries me.

What is your music dream?

people always talk about 'we gotta get signed' or 'when we make it...'. my music dream has always been my reality. i get to write and play music and that to me is 'making it'. when you get signed, that's when you start getting screwed.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

next question!

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The Beatles - Nowhere Man

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, The Idle Race, The Move, Roy Wood/Wizzard, The Beatles, T Rex, Brian Eno, Irma Thomas, Jackie DeShannon, The Ramones, Rebecca Peake/HCMJ/The Sailing, John Kramer, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Billy Nicholls, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Isao Tomita, The Zombies

What inspires you to make music?

experimental film, especially early film from the silent era and 1960s Czechoslovakian films. rain/overcast, cold days. heartbreak.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

what i feel. what i saw in a dream. i will work very hard to reproduce a dream i had in a song. if i feel like there is something more to a dream that crosses over with real life, be it time travel or seeing something that has not happened yet, or seeing something from the far past, i will try to make that come across through music. i suppose you could call it impressionism but to me it's more like realism because i'm trying to convey an extremely vivid experience my mind has had... if that makes sense. if my song is sad, i will bust my ass to make sure that song makes you cry.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

i feel like the attention should be on the music, not on myself. i don't consider myself a performer or an entertainer. i see myself as a person who is working to make the audience understand the song the way it is supposed to be experienced. i'm not there to say 'look at me'. so to answer the question, when i can see the audience is moved by the music, i am moved.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

the musicians reality today is very sad. although things have gotten much worse, nothing really has changed. iTunes is really no different than the Rockola Jukebox mafia. i think music could be improved if people put down their iPhones and other electronic devices and cared more about being involved. just like the 60s, Underground is really where it's at. the good music. the real fun. the real 'happening'.

What do you think of Drooble?

adore it! this is what music needed and i think it's a wonderful thing bringing musicians back together in touch with each other.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

people who think pedals and gear are more important that actual songs.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

yes, when i can. attending shows but more so trying to be the sound guy at the PA any chance i can to make sure a show is going to sound good and time isn't wasted trying to get a show moving.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

love what you're doing. don't sacrifice what you love about music to make other people happy because you think that's what you have to do to get noticed. because in the end, what are you doing it for? if you love what you're doing, people will hear it and they will love it. if you just play what you think people want to hear, they might enjoy it but they're going to come away from it like they just ate a cheap meal and you're not going to be as happy as you could be as a musician.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Rebecca Peake/HCMJ/The Sailing/James Webster/Tech Honors, Billy Nicholls, The Idle Race, The Echoing, Tuxedo Gleam, John Kramer/Truth & Beauty/Kimi and Ritz, Sean Duncan/Kid Mud, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Sloome