I recently reviewed a song by Tim Hain (otherwise known as (Jamside Up (featuring Timeless Tim And MC Burglar) titled All She Wants For Christmas. I loved the reggae nature of the track (unusual for a Christmas song!) and thought the message behind it was also brilliant. Read on below to find out more!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released a new track titled All She Wants For Christmas. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?
It is a jaunty but sad reggae song conceived as a fundraiser for Crisis At Christmas. It can be purchased from all usual download sites – Spotify, Apple, iTunes, Amazon under artist name Jamside Up (featuring Timeless Tim And MC Burglar.)
The song is about an experience Tim had with seeing a homeless person outside during the Christmas period. Can you elaborate more on this?
In 2019 I was leaving a Soho Christmas party with a friend, “warmed by whisky and Christmas cheer”, unfazed by the gentle rain that was falling. We got to Piccadilly Station and were brought down to earth by the sight of a homeless woman huddled on her piece of cardboard, her paper cup empty of coins and filling with rain. Whilst on the mend from Cancer treatment, I conceived the song, video, and campaign.
Would you ever consider doing more Christmas/holiday songs in the future?
Yes I would consider doing more Christmas songs, especially if linked to a cause which assists those who are suffering.
How do you celebrate the holidays?
In a relaxed manner with family.
Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?
Yes, even though such things are unfashionable!! The first (title) track Bone Age, has just been mixed by Chris Kimsey, who produced 6 albums for The Rolling Stones and who will be working on other tracks of mine. His input has been invaluable.. He describes me as The Van Morrison of Bleggae. (Blues/Reggae – my signature style )
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
It comes naturally. Like any creative process it can either flow, or it can be frustrating! I seem to have many more ideas than can be used. I have to remain open to the song telling me where it wants to go – songs develop a life of their own. I have a studio at home with the ability to record ‘live’ drums. During the pandemic I have been sending tracks to a drummer to record in his studio which has worked well.
Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?
What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?
Blues and classic guitarists – the 3 Kings – Freddie, BB, Albert; Peter Green, Jimi. I’m a huge classic reggae fan – Wailers, Toots, Black Uhuru Etc. ; 60s US West Coast, 60s Pop. Great singer songwriters from Marvin Gaye to Paul Simon. The great thing about having teenage children is getting to hear modern stuff. There’s some great new stuff out there, but nothing I would play in the car instead of Bob Marley, or Muddy Waters! I also tune into Classic FM a lot when driving…
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
Yes and no. Obviously live work was curtailed. It’s allowed me to create new material . During the height of the plague I did 46 weekly Facebook Live broadcasts, mostly unplugged, some with backing loops. It worked surprisingly well. I plan to do more.
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
Not at present. I need to consolidate my new material first.
What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?
They can expect, as Blues in Britain noted: “…a breathtaking, hugely entertaining fusion of blues and reggae” , interspersed with more stripped back, introspective songs. I have some great musicians who play with me, who have worked with people ranging form Bob Marley to Bjork…”
Any last words for the fans?
Watch this space! Meanwhile, live the life you love, and love the life you live. Despite the noise and madness, Life is still a miracle, and music is still the best medicine.