Swedish singer-songwriter Timothy released his latest single “Home” and we wanted to hear more about his creative process.
You recently moved from Sweden to Bristol. Did this influence your new single?
It definitely did, meeting a lot of new people and hearing their stories heavily influenced my work for this single. I think that instead of becoming one with my own emotions I was looking from the outside for this particular song. I’ve been surrounded by others moving away from their home and coming to a new country. I tried to understand how their stories could apply to mine.
What does “Home” mean to you?
“Home” is my way of releasing a built-up tension that I have had within, it is a way of moving on and regaining my creative spirit.TIMOTHY
I think the song itself was in one way a battle with myself so it feels good that it is now out.
Did you notice a shift in music you listen to (after moving)?
I think you always get quite inspired by your surroundings, consciously or not. IDLES has been a band that’s been on quite frequently since I came to Bristol though.
Where is your home?
Home for me will always be Malmö, it doesn’t matter where I would end up living or who I would talk to, I will always share that special bond with my hometown, almost like a romantic relationship in a sort of way.
Every time I go back to Malmö it is almost like a childlike longing for discovery, I want to be out and explore every corner and find something new within each and every beloved alleyway. It’s the city that I love and always will.
You have this magical ability to create haunting songs. What is the inspiration behind the songs?
That’s very sweet, thank you!
Lately, I have been heavily influenced by nature, not only the concept but also the sounds of nature. I like working with music as portraying a landscape, I try to create an atmosphere within the instrumental. I have been listening to a lot to modern composers such as Max Richter, Nils Frahm, but also the classical ones like Debussy and Chopin.
Although to mention my inspirations as a whole I have never set boundaries for my music, nor my inspirations.TImothy
I have always been a very versatile listener, I love myself a good dose of Hip hop or some mellow folk songs.
Do you have a song, that when you hear it, you’d say, “I wish I’d written that”?
Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush, it’s just lyrical perfection.
What artists would you recommend to others that we might not have heard yet?
Norwegian Siv Jakobsen recently released a fantastic song called “Fear The Fear”, which has been on repeat for quite a while now.
To give some support to the smaller local acts Alfie Firmin just released his second album “Waiting On”. Some perfect mellow sounds whilst the spring grows warmer.
And I have to put the name out there for Oversize, Bristol-based band that is reinventing the 90s alternative sound.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I had the opportunity to play at a venue called Palladium which is one of the most iconic venues in Malmö. The evening was shared with some of my best friends & family, both on stage and in the audience.
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What is the song that makes you extremely happy?
Aquarius from the musical Hair is a jam.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
MSO (The Malmö Symphony Orchestra). That would be a dream coming true.
What you got planned for 2020?
I am back to fully focusing on music and that feels wonderful. 2020 is going to be full dedication towards my craft, there will be way more music released than before and I will hopefully be working on my debut EP.