Exclusive Interview With Tim Hicks
Tim Hicks is a Canadian country music artist and, his debut EP was and is a testament to his musical prowess. He represents the world of country music with such vigour, and his music inspires me in so many ways. His music aspires to a form of joyful melody that you cannot help but love in the most uplifting way. Visit his website, twitter, and Facebook, to get the latest news on his music.
1) First off, let me just start by saying that I really enjoyed listening to your album. When did you start singing and performing? At what point did you realize that you wanted to become a musician, and a country musician no less?
Thanks! kind of you to say! I was 7 when I started playing and singing in my first band. I knew then that I wanted to be a musician and never really looked back. It's something I've just always done and loved doing. I picked up acoustic guitar when I was 13. That was when the country side of my musical life started to develop. Acoustic guitar was my first love and I still love it!
2) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, your likes and dislikes? Who inspires you, who are your role models?
I love to spend time with my family- I have two young babies at home, so every moment I can spend with them is paramount for me. I grew up camping and fishing and I still love to do things outdoors. Campfires are amazing! Mix a little beer and a guitar in there and you've got a great time as far as I'm concerned. I love all things music too, like reading biographies or watching documentaries- I find the stories of others totally inspiring.
3) How has your experience in the music world been like, what are the pros and cons of being in and navigating through the music world?
It's a tough business for sure and not for the faint of heart. I love it though and can't really explain why. I guess my love of playing and singing out weighs the difficulties of dealing with the business end of it all. Overall though, I've had a pretty positive experience. I've met some really great people along the way and have played all over the world. It's hard work, but I can't imagine doing anything else.
4) Your EP, as I mentioned previously, is amazing. Was the production process for the EP strenuous? When do you plan to release a full-length album?
I guess the most difficult part of the EP was writing it. We wrote a tonne of songs over the course of a year or so and narrowed it down to five. I love the studio, so by the time I was in front of a mic I was totally in my element. Singing is the easy part for me- its the writing- it's so hard to write a good song... I can write bad ones all day, but who wants to hear that?!
My full length record "Throw Down" comes out Aug 27!
5) I think my best song on your album is stronger beer, and I have to ask, what inspired you to write that song? (PS: It is so true by the way, Canada is way more awesome than USA).
Yeah, we kinda wrote that one as a joke, totally fooling around! I grew up in Canada on the US border, so I had (and have) lots of American buddies that loved to rib me about being Canadian. On the way to the studio I asked my producer if we could hit a Shoppers Drugmart for a pack of Smarties- he looked at me like I had two heads. We started talking about the differences between us and our American buddies and thought it would make a funny song like John Prine or Stomping Tom or something like that. Out came Stronger Beer!
6) What advice do you have for younger artistes out there who are trying to pursue their dreams?
Don't stop! Keep going! Play as many gigs as you can- get out of the basement and get in front of people- it's the only way to do it.