Interview – Tim Scott

I started a new series at the start of the year based around my favourite tracks of the month, titled Monthly Favourites. I featured Tim Scott’s single Magnesium Black in the 5th iteration of the series in May and thought he deserved a little more traction. Find out more below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Magnesium Black, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Magnesium Black is a track that I wrote quite a number of years ago when I was working in Ibiza playing the Radio 1 weekends. I remember I handed a copy to the Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard. I met him on a roof terrace sharing a table and few drinks at Eden nightclub in San Antonio. He was playing the back room at the Judge Jules night Judgement Sundays.

Nothing really came of this. But during the lockdown in the summer of 2020. I videoed a performance of me playing this tune on my balcony outside my flat in Manchester. Which went viral on Instagram gaining 143,000 views and also over 200,000 views on my Facebook page.

How has the reception to Magnesium Black been?

It’s become a tune that I see popping up in lots of playlists, whether it be for the gym or for chilling out or for taking a drive.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic has been a real blessing in so many ways, because quite a number of my tunes went viral. My YouTube channel blew-up when I did some looping videos of my own tunes. I learned to DJ. This is led to me doing some standalone shows where I DJed and played guitar. I play a variety of other peoples stuff and also some of my very own tunes. This has been great and has allowed me to play some amazing events all over Europe.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

I’m planning to release a new single right now! This will be titled – Luna Blue Sky. I also have another tune that I’m working on in the studio. When that is complete, I will release another full album of the singles that have been released over the last two years. There will also be an album of the extended mixes bringing them together into one place so it’s easy to listen too.

You’re based in Cologne, Germany. What is the local music scene like?

To be honest, I’ve not gotten into the local music scene that much yet. I tend to travel to wherever I can get the right gigs. I do love busking. I’ve not checked out how the laws work in Germany regarding this. I really like getting peoples instant reaction to the stuff I play as its a great way to test out new material, I think it’s far better than the rehearsal room. If you can move someone on the street who you don’t know at all, you’ve really, really got a good idea of whether you’ve got a good thing going on.

You’re primarily a guitarist. How did you get into creating EDM music? Do you write music for other genres?

I got into working in EDM because I enjoyed mixing my guitar with other genres that are not usually pursued. I do have some rocky stuff and some jazzy stuff. I have also written tunes mixed with drum and bass, dubstep and house music. There is so little good experimentation in this area that it’s great to be doing something different.

Whilst your music is largely contained within the EDM genre, I also felt there were a few other genres in there. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Oh wow that’s a fantastic question. I really like the amazing guitar players like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Joe Bonamassa. I also like my dance music like Avicii and deadmau5. This led to some pretty heady combinations, the experiment is definitely ongoing… There are some things that I’ve not tried and that I’m dying to try out. That’ll have to remain a secret until I’ve actually got something together.

I see you’ve been rehearsing for some shows in Germany. Do you have any tour dates lined up for the UK?

I have an outdoor show on the 16th of July for the festival in the centre of Montabour. I’m mostly doing private events and corporate events in the UK. I really can’t wait to get back to doing ticket shows where fans can come and see me play.

Any last words for the fans?

I can’t wait to see you at the shows when I’m able to tour at a town near you. I’m always getting messages asking me when I’m going to be playing in the UK particularly, and for that matter also, areas of the US. I had a CD that sold well in the US. It was called – Guitar Mashing – it’s now out of print. I’ve seen the odd new copy for between £20 and £400 on the Amazon Marketplace. I’m sure there are lots of people who would like to see me play some of these tunes. I believe that the next year will bring that possibility closer. I can’t say what’s happening yet but there are things happening, so I’m really excited about sharing this with you as soon as I can.