We’re with Tim Lyre today everyone. Read the interview below
Hi Tim Lyre, so nice of you to join us today. Introduce yourself please and tell us a bit about your background
Tim Lyre: Hey, thanks for having me. I’m Tim Lyre, I’m a 23-year- old Singer, Songwriter and Music Producer born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria.
When did you realize you wanted to get involved in music?
Tim Lyre: I was introduced to music at a very young age, you know, I trained as a classical pianist for about 3 years from about age 10 and then I moved to jazz and gospel piano, and I was also raised in a church choir and I’ve taken a few music theory exams, I basically know a lot about that music theory world but the first time I realized I wanted to make music myself was in 2006 or 2007 I think, when I heard the song “Ordinary People” by John Legend. Still my favourite song of all time by a mile, the piano work and the arrangement and the lyrics and the man’s voice, incredible and so I was like, I want do that, surely I can do that. I didn’t seriously start making my own music till about 2011 though.
Why did you choose music? Are your songs exact reflections of how you feel?
Tim Lyre: I chose music because it just made sense to me, a lot of things in the world I find myself constantly trying to understand, especially people, people are hard to deal with, Music helps me process and make sense of everything going on around me. Most of my songs are definitely drawn from personal experiences but I write from a third party perspective sometimes, about other people’s situations and experiences and relationships and what not.
What kind of music do you do?
Tim Lyre: The music I make we can call Alternative/Afro Fusion. I say this cause it’s a somewhat eclectic mix of influences from genres including R&B, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Afrobeat, Afropop, I take elements mainly from these genres to make the kind of music I make.
Who is/are your major musical influence?
Tim Lyre: There are so many artists who Inspire or influence my music not just because of the music they make, it may just be their personal style or their writing style, different things basically, but I would say the most significant for me right now are John Legend for his musicality, Kanye West for the artistry, Fela for his vision and his visceral approach to music, and in more recent times, Chance the Rapper and Daniel Caesar for the way they infuse gospel into Hip-Hop and R&B and Soul and the sound is still incredible.
What was the song ‘Forever’ about? What also inspired it?
Tim Lyre: Forever is a song by the amazing artist D-O, which I produced. We were in the studio the day after the news broke about the sad loss of DJ Olu who was a dear friend to D-O and the mood was very sombre and the lyrics came from a very real place for D-O and as he was singing a few lines, I was just laying down the Keys and then the Bass and the Drums and everything came together very organically in the space of about an hour or so, and the song was mixed and mastered and released a couple days later I think. The song though is for anyone who’s ever lost a friend or a family member or a loved one just to let them know that even though life is short and fleeting, the memories of our lost ones will live on forever in their Legacy and in our hearts.
This time last year, we were all jamming up to Circa’ 94. How did feel about the reception it got?
Tim Lyre: That was a crazy period cause I honestly did not want to put out the project till the very last minute but I was pleasantly surprised at the reception it got, It got a lot of people into the music and the comments were great, a couple people reviewed the project and they loved it and it gave me a certain type of validation, you know, that I was on the right path and It just inspired me to always make better music.
Which of your songs would you say is your personal favourite?
Tim Lyre: That’s a tough one, but of all the songs I’ve released, its definitely “Mornings”, because of the emotion behind the song, I guess.
Most of your fans want to know whether there is a possibility of an album this year.
Tim Lyre: I was supposed to release an album in August but there were some new developments, however, there is still a slim chance that I’ll release an EP at the very least before the year runs out.
Any other collaboration with artists we should be anticipating?
Tim Lyre: Yeah, I’ve got a really cool song with the incredible Joyce Olong called Right Now which I’m hoping to release before the year runs out, and I’ve also been working a lot with July Drama, who is a fantastic new artist. Worked with quite a lot of people this year actually but I’ll keep the rest to myself, for the surprise factor, you know.
What do you think about this platform?
Tim Lyre: It’s a great platform, it’s helping present new artists and creative people to different audiences which is always cool.
Give a shout out to someone you think should get interviewed also
Tim Lyre: Easy. July Drama. The guy is a true artist in every sense of the word.
Any last words for your listeners out there?
Tim Lyre: I am continually grateful that anyone is out there listening to my music and It can only get better and better from here. Thank you so much.