Tim Chaisson

Certainly an artist to watch in 2012, multi-instrumentalist Tim Chaisson is proud to present his new LP The Other Side on September 25th.  He will be taking onto the road for a Canadian tour in support of his latest musical effort.  Tim worked with producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Lucinda Williams) on this LP.  His charming vocals and beautiful guitar playing remain a priority in Tim's writing style.  For more info about this artist and tourdates, visit:  TimChaisson.com
Interview by: Valerie Bastien
Valerie: Introduce yourself; What 3 words would best describe your music?

Tim: East Coast Songwriter.
Valerie: What artists inspire you and who would you say has had the greatest influence in developing your writing style?

James Taylor, Nickel Creek, Tom Petty, Stan Rogers, The Rankin Family.  I’ve listened to all of these artists since I was a kid, along with many others. Their song structure keeps the listener’s attention…  I’ve definitely taken influence from this.  In the words of Tom Petty “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!”
Valerie: What part of your personality helps you the most in being creative?

Tim: I’m fairly laid back and try not to get worked up over little things. I think being like this allows me to let musical ideas flow and not get hung up on certain details of a song…  I know some songwriters that pick a song to death and never let it live. Being laid back also comes in handy while co-writing. Letting others ideas in, giving every idea a chance.

Valerie: Your new EP “The Other Side” will be released on September 25th, 2012. What aspect of the writing/recording process was unique during this experience?

Tim: I would have to say recording live off the floor. It creates a little more pressure - singing and playing along to the other musicians knowing that you can’t go back and fix stuff is a challenge. I’ve never made a record like this before… Recording this way definitely captures the raw emotion of the song.  As far as writing, I was able to write with a lot of my friends over the last three years. I basically picked my favorite 11 songs and recorded them.
Valerie: Is there a main topic? How did the title “The Other Side” come about?

Tim: I wouldn’t say there’s a main topic but it is a relationship-based record. It’s what I know best at this point in my life. I went through some good times and bad times and I think the record reflects both sides over the last three years.
‘The Other Side’ is a song on the record that I thought would make a cool title. It represents a few ideas, this being a transition record in many ways for me.
Valerie: What did you enjoy the most about working with Colin Linden?

Tim: His shear talent – he is an unbelievable musician and having him play guitar on my record, let alone having him produce it was an unforgettable experience. He’s a genuinely nice person and was very pleasant and easy to work with.
Valerie: Tell me about a song that is very personal and that you are very proud of.

Tim: They’re all pretty personal but a few hit home. I could go on all day about the story, but “The Healing” definitely has a personal connection that means a lot to me.

Valerie: I heard that you have already been playing new material to your fans during shows. What song generally gets the best reaction?

Tim: It’s always cool to see the audience’s reaction to a new song. I think “Bail You Out” and “Come Clean” are my favorites to play live and seem to be a crowd favorite as well.
Valerie: Tell me about two more songs contrasting in style.

Tim: “The Healing” is straight up 2 acoustic guitars and one vocal. It’s the rawest track on the album. The acoustic guitar is very dominant on the record but I’d have to say it contracts the most with “Come Clean” because of the electric guitar driving that song.

Valerie: As a young up and coming artist, what has been the biggest challenge you have been faced with so far and how have you been able to overcome it?

Tim: There are a lot of challenges for young and up and coming artists. Other than the financial aspect (which most artists have), I’d saying touring is the biggest challenge. Getting your band from PEI to Vancouver isn’t that easy! Seeing more people attend shows, keeping your head in the right place and focus on why you’re doing what you’re doing make it easier.
Valerie: What are your plans for this fall? What are you looking forward to the most?

Tim: Lots of shows! I’m doing a cross Canada tour with my band when we release the record. I’m looking forward to playing new songs, meeting new folks and having a good time!

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Valerie Bastien is a vocal coach, teacher, musician and freelance journalist.
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