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Tim Lang: Bio

I have very little love for the typical artist bio. How boring is it to read about an artist’s musical journey like it’s an appliance manual? The music business wants a concise and packaged take on a very complicated thing - Why does someone do what they do as a musician? Thankfully for me as an indie musician I’m not worried about pleasing the music business industry - I prefer to think of you the listener. So, here instead is my take on music and me.

I have always loved music. I love that it can culminate your life in a single song. A song like a scent can spin your head around to a different time. It’s hypnotizing and as far back as I can remember I wanted in. As a kid I wrote songs on an old beat up Lowrey Organ. I bought my first guitar from a catalog. A redheaded Elvis impersonator with a big heart gave me lessons for free when the family had no money for them. He helped me get my nerve up for my first performance – “Johnny B. Goode”. As I got to my teens my grandmother gave me the best of advice... “whatever happens keep singing your songs” – thank you my Oma.

I wasn’t gifted musically (some may say that is still true!). I just loved music. I wanted to hold a guitar and make that thing sing. I wanted to sing a note and see it resonate in those listening. So I immersed. Through out my time as a musician I have performed in rockabilly trios, alternative rock bands, country acts, and even a stint as a lounge singer. I learned from everyone I played with and I am thankful for their patience with me.  

My first solo debut album was entitled Okay Now. I had the great fun and honor to work with Scott Mathews on it. His production style is incredible. It has the shotgun approach that ran away in the ProTools-era. An amazing multi-instrumentalist, Scott not only filled out my songs but he also taught me how to tighten my playing and what it means to breathe life into a production. We followed up Okay Now with Summer Trees. A single for the masses and the closest thing I will ever be to pop.  My home in southern Baja and a worn out photo of my parents on a Mexico beach circa 1964 inspired the next album entitled Post-Surf. This one was special to me for a new reason. My adopted hometowns of Todos Santos and Pescadero helped fund it and make it come to reality. 

So what's the point of these albums, songs, and shows? I don't do this for fame. I do this for me. Music keeps me in touch with the mystery and awe of things bigger than us that I felt as a child. It keeps that alive in me and I'm so grateful for that. In turn, I want to share that with you. Plus I have this theory. Great music, great songs aren't about the artist. They are about the listener. For instance, I recorded a song called "Water" that people around the world have written to me about. They tell me what the song means to them, how it is a soundtrack to their adventures, and honestly that to me is better than what I started out with. I love that. 

So, what's next? Some new ventures completely off the current charted routes and a few continuations too. Be assured that the songs I will sing are inspired by everything and anything that made me want in to this fiery, ethereal, mysterious, humbling, shining thing called music as a kid. I still want in.

t.l. - Oct 2014

 

OTHER INTERESTS:

Lang enjoys his volunteer work as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and supporting the worldwide efforts of his faith. Besides this endeavor, he also enjoys donating his music and performances to a variety of animal rescue and shelter programs, recycling initiatives, educational opportunities for children of low income families, and other community outreach efforts. 

 

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