The 265th episode of our 12 Questions segment features producer Tim Points.
1. How old are you, where are you living and how long have you been producing and Djing?
I’m 44 years old and I live high up in the rocky mountains around Vail Colorado. I started Djing around 2004 but the production thing didn’t start until around 2007.
2. Where do your musical roots lie, what are your first memories of electronic music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it seriously? Are there any particular productions or artists from the past that really made you think to yourself ‘this is what I want to do.”
My musical roots lie with the drums and playing in bands since I was a kid. I played the drums in some punk bands in the late 90’s. Around the same time I started listening to Sasha and Digweed. I also loved seeing Deep Dish play all their dark, funky house music around
3. How difficult was learning to produce for you in the beginning? Did you take any Audio Engineering programs or production courses to help you out or are you pretty much self taught? And did anyone give any advice early on that really helped?
For the most part I am self taught when it came to audio engineering and production. Making sure everything was mixed properly was the hardest thing for me to learn in the beginning. I used to read Computer Music magazine for production tips. Now and again I will find something good on youtube relating to certain production techniques. I do have a friend that gives me advice, sort of a second set of ears, when I get too close to
4. What parts of the production process do you find the most difficult and what comes easiest for you? When you do hit a creative block what helps you through it?
The most difficult parts of the production process is the mix down at the end. Getting that kick to fit with the bass or just creating my own kicks… argh! The easiest part for me is building the foundation or groove of the song with the drums and bass. I haven’t hit any creative blocks yet but going to see DJ shows or listening to a brilliant DJ mix gets me excited to write music.
5. What’s a normal day like for you? Do you have a job outside of electronic music? And what do you like to do when you’re not working on music?
I don’t really have a “real” job right now. I used to be in Information Systems for a private bank. I usually exercise in the morning and then work on music in the afternoon or evening.
6. Apart from electronic music what other genres do you listen to and who are your favourite artists outside of electronic? and do these genres or artists have a direct effect on your own productions?
I listen to Alternative, Classic Rock and Metal apart from electronic music. My favorite artists outside of electronic would be Modest Mouse (Alternative), The Doors (Classic Rock) and Iron Maiden (Metal). I love the drums of Modest Mouse, the organs in the Doors, and the insane chord progressions and harmonies of Iron Maiden. I think they all have some sort of effect on my own productions.
7. What was the first and last physical (CD, Vinyl, Cassette etc) piece of music you bought?
The first piece of vinyl that I bought as a kid was Kiss Alive 1. As for dance music it was Sasha and Digweed Northern Exposure Expeditions. The last piece of physical music (CD) was Danny Howells Miami Global Underground 027 around 2005.
8. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
I used to be a pro half pipe and big air snowboarder in the 90’s.
9. Which producers in your opinion get consistently overlooked?
Mainly the underground artists of which there are many get overlooked. I would say that Luke Chable gets somewhat overlooked as he is such a great songwriter/producer. Khen also falls into that category… just great production for listening and dancing to.
10. Which producers consistently inspire you? And where else does your inspiration come from?
The producers that consistently inspire me would be Maceo Plex, Olivier
Giacomotto, Guy J and Third Son as of late because they each have their own unique style that stands out above the rest. Also Jody Wisternoff and James Grant on Anjunadeep produce amazing, deep, lush house tunes.
11. There are countless producers out there trying to find their way and create their own unique sound, what advice do you have for them?
I would say don’t give up. Keep experimenting with sounds and if you really want it to happen, then it will… just continue to work hard at it until you find something unique and that you really like.
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
My last track would probably be a remix of The Doors ‘The End’ of which I would probably to a self-made remix.
‘Waves’ is out now on Baroque’s ADE Sampler, you can purchase the release: here