Name; Tim Bidwell
Shoe size; tbc
Biog and credits; Kate Walsh, Peggy Sue, Fink
Tim’s formative years were as one half of the band Hardkandy, releasing 3 critically acclaimed albums through Catskills and WahWah45. His multi instrumentalist talents, writing and production skills, honed in the studio for his own output were soon in demand from other artists. Tim embraced the role of producer, bringing not only his considerable technical skills but an empathy with the artist that enables him to connect and draw the best from those he works with. Tim’s major breakthrough came with Kate Walsh’s album “Tim’s House” whose title provides a nod of approval to Tim’s recording facilities – Clockwork Owl – an intimate recording space installed in his home in Brighton. “Tim’s House” remains the only record to top the iTunes chart across the UK & Europe released by an unsigned act, resulting in a major label deal for Kate with Mercury Records and a busy diary for Tim. The fact that Kate Walsh has returned to Tim for two further albums and their working relationship is as strong as ever is an indication of the faith he propagates from artists who work with him.
If there is a genre that Tim gravitates to, through his association with Kate Walsh and work with acts like Peggy Sue, Fink and Jennifer Left, then Singer songwriter, avante garde folk and indie would be it. Having said that, Tim draws from a wildly eclectic musical well (you should see his vinyl collection) and constantly enjoys unearthing fresh musical flavours and indeed the emerging artists who create them. His approach encourages the development of an individual musical style often giving a developing artist the identity they’ve been searching for.
Tim has a beard that he has trained to speak.
Is there an aspect of producing a record that you enjoy more than anything else?
Without doubt the biggest thrill I get is the creative process whilst recording, the laying down of idea’s, experimentation and spontaneity which all go into the process of making a great record.
Do you have a preferred studio and if so what makes it special for you?
Naturally my own ‘Clockwork Owl Studio’ is my favourite as I know how to get the best from the equipment and space. I’ve found that artists can really relax here and not feel the pressures that frequently can be felt in other professional studios.
One for the geeks, Is there a piece of equipment or perhaps an instrument that you couldn’t do without?
What, for you, is the vital ingredient that makes a record special?
Capturing the right moment.
If you had to have a lyrical line from a song tattooed on your neck, what would it be?
All my friends are junkies, that’s ok, as long as they don’t abuse monkeys. – Turin Brakes ‘Future boy’