Timi Tamminen blends Hip Hop & R&B
"I'm Timi Tamminen, a 24-year old artist/producer from London. I currently live in Hackney, a very thriving place for indie music and night life."
What genre(s) and/or styles do you identify with?
My music blends hip hop, R&B and rock in inventive new ways, I definitely reside mostly between those three realms.
At what age did you realize you wanted to be a musician? Which bands and artists were you, or are you currently influenced by? Have those influences changed much as you've gotten older?
I've had that feeling since the age of 10-11: I realised there was something about singing and performing that really gave me a sense of purpose and I just naturally ended up doing that, sort of as a way to eliminate boredom. I used to be a huge gaming addict (to the point where it was very unhealthy) but eventually learned to use that 'escapism' for writing and creating instead.
I'm influenced by basically anything I see or hear because I approach art like a sponge: everything is a lesson of some kind, anything can teach or inspire in some type of a way.
What do you enjoy most about your artistry? I.E. Creating music, the process, the fame, the recognition, co-writing? Etc.
I love the feeling of getting something done, it's very addictive. I'm not currently gigging but I know that once I hit the road with live performing, that'll likely strike a chord with me because I usually love social situations and meeting new people. For me, a big part of my artistry is also combining other areas of art and expression to music, I've always wanted to go beyond music as an entertainer.
Who or what most inspires your song-writing?
The feeling of invention, knowing that you can create something that is brand new and exciting.
Tell us a little about your new release. Is there a story behind the title?
I wrote "All I Want" with the intention of having a double meaning behind it: on the surface, it's a brooding yet sensual song about unrequited love yet there's also a way darker undertone that describes an obsessive, stalker-like character and his motives. The upcoming music video will delve deeper into the latter.
Who produced this track? Can you or the producer provide some insight to what that process was like? What was the inspiration and/or creative process?
I wrote and produced the song myself. The funny thing is, the choral part came out sort of by accident: I was working on another song and accidentally dragged the drum section to a choral synth track I had created for another purpose; the result sounded so great I felt inspired to write a song based on that. The rest just came out, I sat down and started working until the song was done.
What are your upcoming tour/performance plans?
I don't have definitive plans yet, I'm currently working hard in the studio to get a lot of music out there and after that I will likely start gigging with proper dedication to it.
Which band or artists (living or dead) would you most like to perform with and why?
In a live setting, it'd be amazing to perform with a powerhouse like Beyonce. In studio, Kanye or Andre 3K.
How much do you let critics affect your music? Do you find it hard to focus on the positive side of things, and if so – how do you keep yourself motivated to keep going?
I sometimes hate reading comments because it can alter your vision of the song so radically BUT do it anyway because critique is the best way to improve and understand what works and what doesn't. Some songs might make you feel very conflicted emotions about them, specifically when you hear very positive and very negative comments about the said song.
How important do you feel social media is in your career? Do you enjoy it? Please expand upon your opinions, and what you’ve learned while making music in 2017.
Instagram is my thing. I love the visual side of it, as well as the capability to reach out to basically anyone. It's one of the most brilliant social media platforms I've come across so far and perfectly suits my way of expressing myself, in form of photos, videos and audio, and it's been one of the most helpful ways of promoting my music in 2018.
Fuck Facebook, I wouldn't even be there if I didn't have to. It's depressing and borderline dead.
What else does the year have in store for you?
I'm about to release my new album very soon, after which I'll also release an EP I've finished. I've got so much music that is on the verge of being done that I need to come up with strategic, cohesive release plans to make the best out of all of that.
On top of my own releases, I'm also doing a lot of features and hooks for other artists around the world. It's a lot of fun.
Finally, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what's your ultimate ambition as an artist?
Show, don't tell. ;-)
Please provide us with any/all social links where people can connect with you and your music:
WEBSITE: -FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/timitamminenmusic