Heard of Tim Lyre?
It would be an honour to introduce him to you!
I’ve always been in awe of this singer-songwriter-producer’s music and I can confidently say Tim Lyre is one of my favourite artists ever and I’m honestly not exaggerating. It is evident and discernible that he puts so much heart, mind and soul to his music, which is always something music lovers truly appreciate from their favourite artists. Hence, the reason I have chosen him for this interview! He is definitely someone you should watch out for, from his heartfelt originals to his impressively resonant covers, I promise you!
I’m delighted to share with you my little chit-chat with “Mr TJ on Your Speakers” himself.
How did you come about the alias “Tim Lyre”?
Well, my first name is Timothy, hence the “Tim”. As for the “Lyre”, I used to gig a lot back in Uni and about the second gig I played, met this promoter guy who compared me to a Lyrebird, his reason being my voice seemed to remind him of so many different people, didn’t really understand it to be honest, but apparently the bird has the ability to kind of mimic different sounds and what not, plus I thought it sounded pretty cool. Lol.
Did you choose music, or did music choose you?
I’ve been around music all my life, grew up in a musical family and started playing the piano at about age 10, also my family is heavily involved in church music, so I learnt to read music and play the organ. The first time I really got interested in being a musician though, I just heard the song “Ordinary People” by John Legend and I was just in love with the idea of being able to do that and it was the first song I learnt how to play and sing at the same time. From there I just started to explore my creativity in different ways.
What else do you love to do asides making (such beautiful) music?
I love to eat food, makes me so happy, Lol, but music will always be number one for me. Nothing better.
Your covers are so enchanting! How do you choose the songs you cover?
Thank you! Well, there’s really no major process to it to be honest, if I just like a song, I try my best to interpret it in a certain way, which would hopefully make the listener feel something different, good different.
Personally, “Times Two” was what had me hook line and sinker for your art! Tell me about the creative process for that song. What were the most challenging and/or memorable moments in writing, recording and producing it?
Thank you. I actually wrote the song in about 30 minutes. I was in a relationship at the time, so I guess it was quite easy for me to put the lyrics together as I had a main source of inspiration. Took a while to find the right instrumental for it though, figured it out eventually and recorded it the same day with DaRe (the producer).
Your latest release “Mornings” sounds very heartfelt. What was the inspiration behind it? Tell me about the creative process.
I can honestly say this is my favourite song I’ve ever written, came at a very weird time in my life. I had just lost someone close to me a couple days before my birthday. I remember at the time I kept feeling bad for the family he left behind, especially his wife and it got me thinking, what would you say to the person you love the most in your dying moments? The story might seem a bit dark but when I wrote the song, I decided to think of all the people I love/care about the most and write the song to them. I started producing the track at about 3am one morning and I finished the whole thing, production/lyrics/recording by about 5.30am, hence the name “Mornings”.
The song left me (literally) begging for more. Did you make the song short on purpose?
Ah, truth is I originally wrote about 4 pages of lyrics for this cause I just kept going on and on considering how the song came about, but I decided to keep it short, cause I felt it was the most effective way to get through to the listener, plus it kind of leaves room for the imagination to roam, I guess.
Your songs are largely very “romantic” if you permit me to use the word. You seem very in touch with that sort of emotion with your music, could you tell me a bit about that?
Well, here’s the thing. I’ve come to realize that I’m what people would call a “romantic,” I’m refraining myself from using the word hopeless, Lol. I’ve always been extremely fascinated by the idea of being so “in love” with a person that your whole existence just revolves around them, so the emotion just happens to be one of the stronger themes in my music.
I’ve always been extremely fascinated by the idea of being so “in love” with a person that your whole existence just revolves around them, so the emotion just happens to be one of the stronger themes in my music.
If you weren’t so in love with music, what else do you think you’d be in love with?
Definitely movies, always wanted to be a director, love movies especially the old ones.
If you were to collaborate with 3 artists, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
This is a tough one. There are way too many options lol. Okay, based on my current vibe…
1) Bruno Mars – Great writer/performer/musician & he reminds me of MJ and James Brown.
2) The 1975 – My favourite band in a long time, I haven’t really connected with a band the way I did with this band since I first heard Coldplay. Their first self-titled album is still one of my all time favs. And their new record is fire too. ☺
3) Fela Anikulapo-Kuti – Honestly, I just wanna talk to the guy and just vibe. Absolute Legend.
This one is a no brainer lol.
What song out there in the world right now do you wish was yours?
Another tough one, keep em coming, Lol. Well, right now, has to be “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber, probably my favourite track from the whole of last year even though it came a bit late. The whole album is incredible to be honest.
What is the most memorable moment of your musical journey thus far?
I have quite a few great moments to choose from, I played a couple BBC Introducing Shows back in Uni which led to me opening for MNEK which was pretty awesome, probably the biggest crowd I’ve played to. But my favourite part was being in a band, just before I came to Law School, I was in a band called Millionaire’s Dance Party and I can tell you there is nothing more fun and incredible, sadly it lasted for a short while for me but I absolutely loved every part of it. My favourite moment came from being in this band, we played our first show and we got an amazing reaction from the very first song, just gave me this feeling of “I want to do this for as long as I live”. It was incredible.
What is one “fun fact” people may not know but you don’t mind sharing about yourself?
Hmm. Fun fact – I was so fat as a kid, my nick-name was Michelin as in the mascot from the Tyre ad. *tears* lol
WHEN ARE WE GETTING AN ALBUM?????
Lol. I’ve been wanting to put out a project for about 2 years now but there’s still a lot to be done, been waiting for the right time. I don’t have a specific date yet but I have something planned for this year most definitely.
Thanks for having me on.
Isn’t he lovely? I can’t get over his nickname from his chubby years LOL.
Oh and he posts some beautiful covers on his Instagram @Timlyre (Did I mention he’s a multi instrumentalist?)
He drops covers quite often unannounced so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!
Till next time,
Have a wonderful week ahead! Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what you think about Tim Lyre.