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With his persistent quest to invent his own unique sound, TimPermanent dismisses the status quo with his atomic bomb like modernist pop beats. Inspired by the avant-pop lyricism of artists like Tori Amos and the pop sensibilities of Robyn and Imogen Heap, he creates danceable soundscapes filled with clever phrasing and genuine emotion.
TimPermanent’s latest EP Resident, released November 8, 2011 on iTunes and physical release, blends his signature electronic elements with catchy dance beats, accompanied by his powerful, clear vocals as heard throughout the collection. The self-produced 5-song EP features rousing and entrancing tracks like the first single, “Dance Floor Lost”, which was written and produced by TimPermanent. The album was mastered by Jack D. Elliot (Britney Spears, Brandy). Chuck Wild, legendary member of the popular 80’s band Missing Person’s and best known for his chart-topping Liquid Mind® relaxation music series, has also been a sizeable contributor to the album co-producing and co-writing the hard-hitting third track, “Give It To Me”.
TimPermanent’s passion and zest for his new EP is apparent with his catchy hooks and soulful lyrics. Ranging from upbeat electronic dance jams like the first single, “Dance Floor Lost” to emotional break up ballads like “In the Dark”, this EP has a little something for everyone from the sexy, futuristic beats to powerful piano melodies.
“Life inspires me to write songs,” Tim says. “My intention is to have the listener feel hopeful and inspired the way that I am.”
His previously released EP Marker (January 2011), blends electronic beats with uplifting sincerity. The self-produced 5-song collection features the earnest first single “Asymmetrical,” whose heart-on-its-sleeve honesty is a common thread throughout TimPermanent’s songwriting.
An East Coast native, the self-taught vocalist and guitarist attended a conservatory for performing arts in New York City. Shortly thereafter, Tim co-founded the politically and socially-aware avant-folk band Testosterone Kills, signed to Fortified Records, before relocating to the West Coast and pursuing a solo career. In 2008, he released his debut album Record in an unconventional format—a USB Jump Drive.
Appearances alongside Deborah Cox, Adam Lambert and Fantasia at L.A. Pride 2009 eventually gave way to a devoted following for his inventive multimedia live show at Los Angeles venues like Key Club, The Roxy and The Mint.
Inspired by Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, in 2010 Tim created his own “It Gets Better” video, sharing his path to self-acceptance as an artist and as part of the LGBT community.
In being true to himself, he hopes to create music that inspires everyone else do the same.
TimPermanent recently performed his new songs on the main-stage at the 2011 Palm Springs Pride Festival.
Friday, February 11, 2011
TimPermanent - Marker EP - Review
Extraordinary is my favourite of the set. A beautiful electronic soundscape paired with a fantastic vocal, awesome effects, gorgeous synths and a fabulous vibe that's just purely epic - Impossible to describe, but optimistic, with a beautiful feel and Tim's vocal is something truly exceptional here. Beautiful synths.
More Than Want comes along next, and it reminds me of a vibe of a danced up take on Emma Dean's "Bigger Than You, Bigger Than Me". A gorgeous lyric, paired with Tim's vocal makes for a fantastic listen. Now, I'm not a total fan of this track - Something about the instrumentation just isn't my vibe - It's good, and the electronic oscillation is awesome. I'm not totally sold, but yeah. I'd like to hear this over a stripped back, thumping beat repetitive sound, I think it'd be good.
Black & White is a more straight-forward, unapologetically awesome dance/pop synthy throbber, with an intense electronic intro, Tim's fantastic vocal vibe (Sounds like an SAM production :P) - This should have been the second single, after Extraordinary. Not as openly epic as the introductory track, but epic in a different way - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, with a fabulous vocal, GORGEOUS beat and vibe - I ADORE IT.
I wasn't really a massive fan of Asymmetrical, and it's pop/r'n'b vibe, but it's growing on me actually. Tim's vocal has a beautiful tenderness and emotion that I'm sold on. It's pretty. The beat is growing on me, but Tim's vocal holds this one together for me. Gorgeous stuff, with a fabulous rhythm and melody - It's a risky track, but it works here.
And the closer is the beautiful, tender, delicate, pop/piano ballad Alkaline. Pure perfection, with a haunting delicate beautiful - It's impossible to describe, but I URGE you to give it a listen - A tender listen, with a lovely vibe and an impossibly intricate instrumentation - Awesome stuff..I'd love your thoughts!
Delightfully quirky and intrinsically upbeat, TimPermenant blends bits of electro, experimental sounds and instrumental to create a truly unique sound. This all may be a product of his early work with instruments like the french horn and clarinet, as well as time spent studying in a NYC music conservatory. All of the seemingly incongruous parts come together to create something unexpected and really quite good, but don’t take my word for it, hear more from TimPermenant here.
These are my two favorite tracks from his latest EP – Marker
‘More Than Want’
Sunday, February 6, 2011
As part of the It Gets Better campaign, TimPermanent posted a very personal video. Here, he recounts how he was picked on continually in high school and even in college. But things did get better for him, as he beams talking about making music and performing before an audience.
TimPermanent just released the EP Marker. Just imagine if Jason Mraz had a gay younger brother who has a knack for electronica. On "More Than Want," the Los Angeles-based artist feels pressure to hold back and asks, "and what you might say if I was to sing it out like Beyonce Knowles?" On "Asymmetrical" the singer-songwriter confides that he bears his soul in his craft, which is a perfect lead into the more organic closing track "Alkaline." On Marker TimPermanent gives a glimpse to thoughts running through his mind in a fun, personable fashion.
TimPermanent is breaking the “rules”
by Bambi Weavil
Utilizing the latest technology to create, produce and record all of his own original material, TimPermanentis breaking the rules of recording, producing and distributing his music. TimPermanent is a one man band is making the best of what he’s got using his iMac, microphone and a midi-keyboard – performing Avant-Pop that has been compared to Bjork and Tool.
His debut recording, Record, has been released in an unconventional format – a USB Jump Drive. The tiny, stainless steel drive contains 2 music videos and 14 songs, all written, produced, performed and recorded by the artist himself.
The music is catchy, refreshing, raw and pop futuristic (think the lead singer of Maroon 5 meets Bjork meets Timbaland/JT), perfect for this bold release. “Beat, Bounce, Street” has some rock/hip hop, even a hint of salsa in the track with the sentiment being you should live for today instead of tomorrow so it won’t be wasted away. “Thanx B 2″ has a disco-hip hop sound showing gratitude for good and harsh lessons daily. “What Used to Be Me” is a catchy reflection of walking away from “how I used to flow.” I love the synthetics “What I Got”, and is good parallel of the album message: honor your flow and don’t waste your life away.
If you are in Los Angeles on April 10th, be sure to get tickets now to Gay Avant-Pop recording artist, TimPermanent’s next Viper Room performance.
TimPermanent has been packing local LA venues like The Viper Room, The Roxy and UltraSuede. In 2009 TimPermanent performed on the main stages of Los Angeles Pride (Christopher Street West), Palm Springs Pride and South Bay Pride sharing the stage with acts such as Adam Lambert, Deborah Cox and Fantasia.
Since he was a young child TimPermanent has been a featured soloist in church choirs and school bands and choruses. After attending a conservatory for performing arts in NYC Tim went on to pursue his musical passion as ½ of gay music act Testosterone Kills who were signed to NYC’s Antifolk Label, Fortified Records and toured the Northeast. His music has evolved since NYC and TimPermanent has emerged as a solo artist performing electronic based Avant-Pop / Rock. He has written over 300 songs.
Bambi Weavel of OutImpact.com described TimPermanent’s work as “…catchy, refreshing, raw and pop futuristic.”
James Hipps of GayAgenda.com says TimPermanent “… is nothing less than mind blowing!”
Patric Henn of BoysBuzz.net says TimPermanent is “…Avant-Pop at it’s best.”
TimPermanent, a whole different kind of singer/songwriter
Break it down for us
Tim Permanent, make us dance
You make great avant-pop
TimPermanent (Yes, it is one word on purpose)
Tim, we hear you are about the release your new EP Marker, what have been the best and worst parts about recording it?
I would say the best and worst parts, both, are that I wrote and recorded the whole thing myself, alone. Being that I had full creative control was very much a plus but I am limited by my own resources. The only exception is that I had the help of Niki Haris who co-wrote “Black & White” with me, which was such a huge gift.
What song means the most to you and why?
The song “Asymmetrical” means the most to me as it came out as a rebuttal almost. I am not sure if it sounds like that but there most certainly was very high emotion at the time I was writing it. I was having a very hard go at things at the time and was struggling. Life was throwing me loads and loads of challenges and I was really doing everything I could to just be ok.
What inspires you to write a song?
I don’t know where the songs come from, really—they just kind of come. Sometimes it feels like I am like a vessel, like the songs happen to me. Then sometimes when I want to write I can’t.
Sometimes there is like an urge, like an itch I need to scratch and I go and press record and an hour later an entire production is done. The opening song “Extraordinary” happened like that. I guess sometime they come at times of high emotion too but that’s not always the rule either. Hmm….
If you could have had any one artist contribute to your album, who would that be?
I guess it would have to be my very first and only real idol Michael Stipe of REM.
Describe your live show to us. Is there anything you expect to be different with these new songs?
I find it important to really connect on stage with each song’s truth .That being said, my show is very theatrical, not in visual way but I am a performer. I engage in my songs live. I have already been performing most of these new songs, that’s how I knew to release them. My shows are like the test market for the releases.
Have you ever had anything embarrassing happen to you while performing?
Since I write and produce most of my music electronically I have been known to perform to tracks, like on a CD. And there have been times when the CD has skipped and that can be embarrassing. First, because I’m performing to a friggin’ CD but also I’d be right in the middle of some intense vocal or something and then clip, clip, clip, clip ——- it’s like AH!!!!! WTF!!! HEY SOUND GUY! would you mind skipping ahead to the next track or maybe I’ll take the opportunity to play an acoustic song. Maybe someday I will have a band.
What have been some of your main musical influences?
REM, New Order, Depeche Mode, Missing Persons, Missy Elliot, Tori Amos, Madonna, Digable Planets, Mary J Blige, MIA, Imogen Heap, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Joan Osborne, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, throw in a ton of dance music too- techno, house, jungle, triphop, drum n bass- this list could go on and on and on and on-
In the spirit of the Halloween season, what has been your favorite costume you’ve dressed up as?
Honestly, I make an incredibly convincing girl. The only time I ever dressed in drag was on Halloween and I used to do it every year on Halloween and I loved it! I love it because I would dress like a regular girl not like a crazy drag queen and nobody would even know it was me. I would go and see friends and people that I knew wouldn’t even think twice. They would just think I was some strange girl because I wouldn’t talk. There was something fantastic about it! I haven’t done it in 5 or 6 years but this question has brought out the memory of how much I enjoyed it so maybe I will do it this year.
TimPermanent is an openly gay singer and released his second EP Marker this year. He has performed with the likes of Adam Lambert, Fantasia and Deborah Cox. By donating proceeds from recent shows to organizations such as the Trevor project, he hopes to leave a permanent mark on our community.
TP: (Tim Permanent) Yes, people say that. It is a flattering remark, thank you.
JN: Who else influences you?
TP: It is hard to say who are my musical influences. My whole life I have been listening to all sorts of music. But probably people like the Pet Shop Boys, Missing Persons and Erasure. Their sound was when I was little so that is where I my roots are. I love a good pop or jazz song. If people ask me what kind of music I like then I say good music.
JN: Where did your name come from?
TP: It was a marketing idea. The first EP I put out was called Permanent Record then this one is Permanent Marker. If I ever have a greatest hits it will be called TimPermanent Collection.
JN: Where are you from?
TP: I am from Connecticut originally. I went to school in New York City and I lived there for nine years. I moved to San Francisco for a couple of years. I live in LA now.
JN: How do you like the West Coast?
TP: I never thought I would love it the way I do. I really like the weather.
JN: Don't rub it in!
TP: I was just talking to my family in Connecticut and I am very grateful to be out here.
JN: You performed for LA's Pride a few years ago.
TP: Yes, I did. That was a kick off to a bunch of festivals that I got to play. It was a great experience. They whisk you in and then before you know it you are offstage. There is a little window of time to drive up, get onstage, get offstage then get the hell out of there!
JN: Is it usually an acoustic set?
TP: My shows are usually eclectic. I like to play a little acoustic part in the middle. There is usually a mix of things that I will do in a given show.
JN: Have you been to Chicago before?
TP: I have been to Chicago a couple of times but only very briefly. I would like to spend more time there since I hear such great things about it.
JN: You are working with the Trevor Project?
TP: For my next performance I am donating the proceeds to the Trevor Project. They are amazing what they are doing. What Dan Savage is doing is pretty amazing too. I did a video for It Gets Better myself.
JN: I watched it. I love some Savage Love.
TP: Me, too. It is the dirtiest stuff and so interesting.
JN: It is graphic sometimes.
TP: Yes, very over the top with those crazy situations.
JN: What are you working on this year?
TP: It is all about hustling this record. I am hoping to begin writing the next one. I am hoping to call it TimPermanent Resident and will be an LP. I had the opportunity to write with some really great people that have shown up. The universe has been really awesome to me since I started doing this project. We are trying to play all the major Pride festivals in the country. I am hoping to get those gigs while playing shows locally.
JN: One last question, are you single?
TP: Yes, I am.
JN: Well, don't write that one in permanent marker and good luck with a permanent career.
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Meet TimPermanent. This guy’s quirky, left-fielded style that is unforced and honest. Early experience with the French horn and clarinet led the self-taught vocalist and guitarist to attend a conservatory for performing arts in NYC. TimPermanent co-founded the band Testosterone Kills, signed to Fortified Records with a mission to advance the artistic progression of the gay artist community.
TimPermanent’s solo music is more of a blend of electronic avant-pop elements and an unquestionable lyrical sense. He just released his 2011 EP Marker and is currently preparing for future gigs and tours. His new EP is filled with raw, refreshing, buzz-pop vibes that will take you to another level. Engaging and lyrically motivational, he guides the listener toward optimism and the fulfillment of each person’s unique life purpose. So if ya dig his stuff buy the new EP Marker,here.
TimPermanent’s vocals have a serenity that welcomes accompaniment by a warm, acoustic guitar, and even against cold synthetics, his cadence retains a heartfelt earnestness that rarely works well when paired with electronica. Before his work as a soloist, the Silverlake based artist co-founded the band Testosterone Kills, and the lineage between the two projects is not so difficult to trace. He’s been injecting the inherent sentiment of a campfire folk tune into songs replete with sequencers, samplers and synths for a while now. His debut album Record was released as a USB-jumper and contained 14 songs written, produced, performed and recorded by TimPermanent himself. His live resume includes stops at local landmarks Viper Room, Roxy, and Key Club, and a nice gig opening for Fantasia, Deborah Cox and Adam Lambert at LA Pride 2009. TimPermanent is currently gearing up to tour and promote his new, five song EP entitled Marker, that includes track “Asymmetrical”. I suppose it should be no surprise, considering Testosterone Kills had a folk influence, but after each listen to “Asymmetrical”, I spend a few moments pondering what it would have sounded like had Cat Stevens used a Moog…
New Music TimPermanent
Recently, I was introduced to a new artist I found to be intriguing on description, and great fun in reality. The artist is TimPermanent - yep, that is "one word", that is the way he likes it. He is about to release a debut EP, Marker. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy, and can't tell you how fortunate that is. The five-song collection is excellent.
But before I get to Marker, I should perhaps introduce you to TimPermanent. He was half of the queer-centric duo Testosterone Kills, making music while based out of New York City. He and Pablo were part of an Anti-Folk scene in the city, merging punk, a bit of techno, a touch of rebellion, and the sensibilities of the folk scene to create their own special sound. Their music was included in compilation discs alongside favorites Pansy Division, Phranc, and Ani Defranco. That was then, this is now, and TimPermanent has gone solo. He is still bucking the labels of the music business, making avant-pop that marries pop, electronica, with a lyrical style very much his own.
On first listen, TimPermanent had me totally in the palm of his hand. On the second, he had me twisted around his little finger. By the third, I was offering to have his baby. Yes, you could say I liked it, but that would be an understatement. There is joy, fun, love and laughter to be found on this disc, and it is here for all to have. IT has the feeling of being the future, while maintaining a reverential nod to the history of some pretty great LGBT music-makers of the past. Take the first cut on the EP as an example. Extraordinary is a joyful explosion, demanding the listener pay attention, and smile.
The second cut, More Than Want, remains in the pop vein, with a bit more layer and texture, Tim using his voice to express the complicated life in this day and age, a voyage of self-discovery.Black And White is up next, and yet again there is a shift, a bit more techno-based, yet maintaining a pop vocal owing more to Erasure or Pet Shop Boys than to the Auto-Tune songs we hear way too much today. The fourth song, Alkaline, takes the approach of an electro-ballad, touching, soulful, and real. I really love this song. The final cut on the EP is Asymmetrical. It is an interesting exercise, perhaps the most inspired in the collection. As I sit here typing, I am finding myself at a loss, other than to say it is incredible to me, and you need to listen.
Marker is scheduled to hit iTunes on January 11, 2011, (yes, on one one-one, one-one) and I will be racing to get my official copy. For more about TimPermanent, check out his official website here. You can find him on FaceBook here. And you can find him in my iTunes & iPod, and hopefully in yours as well.