Tim Walsh has been working in music since he was very young. He is an avid fan of production and composition while having studied drums and percussion formally. He attended WCSU for jazz performance under the tutelage of David Smith and Jeff Siegel. After graduating, he taught music around the CT area as well as performed in various groups while frequently producing recordings at a small studio. In 2009, along with Dan Edinberg and Jeff Gitelman, he started the band "The Stepkids". The band released two records on the indie label Stonesthrow Records. The band has performed around the world, playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. He currently works producing records at a studio in Bridgeport called Gold Coast Recorders. He is releasing an instrumental album with the band "Tables" on Safety Meeting records in 2016. He also writes and produces with his friend Dave Schneider for multiple groups including The Zambonis and The Leevees, who will be releasing a collaboration with Matisyahu in December 2015. He has also tour managed in England and across Europe.
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Growing up in Danielson, what got you into playing the drums?
My dad is a bass player and he played in a wedding band with his sister Laura, who was married to Pat who was the guitar player, and there were a few other people as well who were all family friends. My dad grew up in a musical family and his father was a piano player, so I’ve always been around music. I got into bass first, then I played saxophone in middle school and bass in the jazz band. I picked up drums cause I got so tired of playing the saxophone, so in 8th grade I switched to drums then studied through high school then went to WestConn. When I was 10 years old I was playing bass in rock bands and we were playing at sweet 16s and parties. All my friends were older than me and I was this really young guy who really cared about playing bass. Eventually I switched to drums when I was 12.
What was your first drum set?
It was a Black Pearl Forum from Daddy’s Junky Music. I got it in my freshman year of high school. There was a guy in town, Wayne Gasoric and he would always come over and jam with my dad and he eventually became my private teacher on drum set. I also studied at Dynamic Percussion in Manchester.
Who are some of your favorite musicians and how have they inspired your playing?
For non drummers, growing up I was into singer songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills and Nash and soul/funk artists like Earth Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston and 90’s R&B and Rock N Roll. I tried to absorb as much music as possible, but especially I was really into Dave Matthews Band. For drummers, my number 1 was Carter Beauford. He was one of the few drummers who reinvented pop drumming. Dennis Chambers and Steve Gadd were doing a lot of linear drumming at the time and it was a really popular thing, but Carter was able to take that and apply it in a different way. He was a composer and he wrote specific beats for each song and there was something about it that was non traditional. As a kid, I was always looking for something a little more left field than the tradition drum set feel.
What is your favorite part about playing in a band?
There are so many good parts! I like that I don't have final say on things. I might have ideas but I'm totally willing to admit that my ideas might not be the best one. So the best part about working and composing with a group of people is that you have people that will act as filters for what you are trying to make or create. Just because I’m the drummer doesn't mean that I should be the authority on exactly how a drum part should go. I’m open to hear other people's ideas and being in a band you are able to learn so much from each other and the hope is that you never turn that off. I have a lot more fun being a drummer in a band and being able to bounce my ideas off the other musicians.
What advice do you have to any up and coming drummers?
First of all, drum machines came around in the 80’s. There were a lot of drummers who were against it and drummers that embraced it. That was 30 years ago... Nowadays the first thing I would recommend, after getting all your basic beats down and learn all the rudiments, learn the electronics completely. Learn the name of every drum machine and learn how they sound. Learn how to compose with them on any software you can get your hands on and write your own compositions using that software. It was here 30 years ago and now it dominates a huge section of the music industry. Vinnie Colaiuta was doing a lot of drum programing for so many people, on top of him just being an amazing drummer.
Are there any drum programs that you could recommend?
Logic, Protools, and Ableton are the three that I use the most. I know that Logic has a bunch of sample libraries for drums and Ableton has some free packs. A lot of pop music nowadays are still using the classic drum sounds like “808s” for drum samples. So for a drummer today, you have to learn about all the different drum sounds and get comfortable enough with them, so you can compose your own sounds.