In 1989 when â€œSaved by the Bellâ€ first aired on television, Zach, Lisa, Kelly, Slater, Jessie and Screech had no idea that almost 20-years later Tim William would be performing a partially inspired song about the sitcom called, â€œSheâ€™s so 80sâ€ during shows around the country. After the soundtrack for the â€˜90s hit television series reached the stores in 1995, Tim had already gained an infatuation with music and had been swept away by the arts. Recently coming off tour with Gym Class Heroes on the Vanâ€™s Warped Tour and working on a project with Travis McCoy, the New York native plans to change the face of music with Him After Her releasing on iTunes on October 7, 2008. Thanks to Tim William and his band, the Arcade Stars, the bellsjust might save the music.
â€œThey might try to label me but then, Iâ€™ll sit down at a piano and sing a song like John Legend or Alicia Keys and then Iâ€™ll stand up and rock out like Fall Out Boy.â€
Format: Who is Tim William?
Tim: Tim William is a musician; a keyboardist for Kidz in the Hall, Gym Class Heroes and Tim William is a sex symbol. Tim William is an icon for life, itself.
Format: Do you share the same interest as Kidz in The Hall and their infatuation with NaturaLambs?
Tim: With what? NaturaLambs? Nope. We share none of the same interest.
Format: [Laughs] Whatâ€™s your relationship like with Major League Entertainment and whatâ€™s their role in your career and how much input do they have in the creative process?
Tim: Major League Entertainment is like â€œThe Little Engine That Could.â€ They are my management and they are playing the role of a label while Iâ€™m unsigned. They also handle all my business management and they do play a role as far as taking in consideration their creative input.
Format: Your music seems to be inspired by the whole 80s, Rock mezcla. What happens to Tim William after the whole fad is over?
Tim: Ohhh. Letâ€™s just eliminate that question all together. That doesnâ€™t inspire my music at all. I listen to everything from Fall Out Boy to Gym Class, to Coldplay to Prince. Iâ€™m super-eclectic when it comes to what I listen to, I work with so many people and I think my work shows how spread apart that is. I work with people from Sweden to New York.
Format: And so, whatâ€™s the biggest misconception about Tim William?
Tim: The biggest misconception is that Iâ€™m not major or Iâ€™m some type of a â€œhipsterâ€ or that Iâ€™m not a musician. Any conception that anyone could come up with is a misconception because they donâ€™t know me. They might try to label me but then, Iâ€™ll sit down at a piano and sing a song like John Legend or Alicia Keys and then Iâ€™ll stand up and rock out like Fall Out Boy. Weâ€™ll sit down and make some beats or maybe make some hip-hop tracks. Honestly, you never know what we might do.
Format: Every artist I talk to wants to denounce the label of being marked as a hipster. Clear up the definition of a â€œhipsterâ€ and what do they do and who are they? Nobody wants to be one.
Tim: Iâ€™m not a hipster or any of those things because those things donâ€™t last. What I feel a hipster is, someone that used to be unique, coltish and something cool. But when you see someoneâ€™s reflection or whole image made into an isle at H&M, then thatâ€™s when you know something is no longer â€œcoolâ€ or unique. Todayâ€™s hipster is just some kid who wears, a neon green hoodie and some Vans or something and they carry a skateboard and call themselves â€œhipsterâ€ but I wouldnâ€™t know where to begin.
Format: Nobody wants to be a hipster. Where do the official hipsters hang? Are they in the aisle at H&M shopping for crew necks and sweaters?
Tim: My girlfriend and I like to call them â€œFipsters.â€ They like to stand around in SOHO with their trucker hats on or whatever they wear. They all try to look like Chuck from The Cool Kids.
Format: [Laughs] Let the people know about your passion for graffiti.
Tim: I use to be a bad kid in high school and I went to an all boy school. One thing we liked to do is terrorize the school and do graffiti. It was always fun. I kinda tunneled that same energy into music. I stopped being an idiot. I no longer need to get in trouble and live my life on the edge.
Format: Ha. If you could create the perfect place or Utopia- what would be allowed in your space and what would it be like?
Tim: I would love for graffiti to be allowed. I would wish for musicians, artists and free spirits to be held in as much respect as doctors and lawyers because we put in just as much seriousness and professionalism as anyone else…in a perfect world thatâ€™s how it would be. We are the ones (out there) taking risks and taking the chances to take on careers that society doesnâ€™t necessarily look at as â€œrespectable careersâ€ and when we succeed at that, than thatâ€™s when weâ€™re fulfilling our dreams and thatâ€™s how society looks at it- as a dream or something unreal.
Format: If you could pick two artists in history to make a collaboration track with, who would it be and why?
Tim: It would be Vanilla Ice and Milli Vanilli and thatâ€™s because we all have cool hair. The song would be called, â€œAmazing.â€
Format: [Laughs] I think we should get you on a Dark and Lovely No-Lye Conditioning box.
Format: If someone listens to 50 Cent, West Side Connection or more so of the â€œHardcore hip-hopâ€ what could they pull from your music?
Tim: I speak about reality. Each song on the CD has a concept about the realm of women and life- and thereâ€™s a girl, leading you through this crazy tale. Thatâ€™s what its all about. For anybody whoâ€™s involved with women or people- than they can really relate to my music.
Format: Talk about your experience on the Vans Warped Tour.
Tim: Itâ€™s been an amazing opportunity for me as a musician and an amazing learning process. Being exposed to the world of touring and obtaining the knowledge of touring and seeing how its done by vets and being able to apply that properly and taking it back to my own bandâ€¦itâ€™s cool.
Format: Whatâ€™s the best live performance youâ€™ve ever seen?
Tim: Thereâ€™s a toss up. It has to be in between Gym Class Heroes at Campus Invasion or N.E.R.D.
Format: N.E.R.D. does put on an awesome show. Speaking of, whatâ€™s the difference between you and Kenna and you and Prince?
Tim: The difference between me and Prince? Well, Iâ€™m not as gayâ€¦well; Iâ€™m not gay at all. But Prince is a pretty sexual dude. Well, so are we. As far as me and Kenna, musically I think Kenna is vocally far more powerful than I am. I can see where the comparison comes in because of the hip-hop, Experimental and Rock elements, but the feel is totally executed in different ways and from different points of views.
Format: OK, so how do you plan on marketing yourself? Right now itâ€™s cool to be Chris Brown and do back flips on stage or be Ne-Yo and spin- but as a young urban singer who does neither, how do you plan on playing the game?
Tim: I just have to show the people who I am and let the music speak for itself. They donâ€™t have to see me to know me. They can feel me, through my songs.
Format: OK. Whatâ€™s your best work to date?
Tim: I think itâ€™s the potential first single from my album. Itâ€™s got a real cool sound from the 50s and I made it with my guitarist John. Itâ€™s so authentic and itâ€™s amazing. Itâ€™s going to be really huge. We also have a famous guest appearance on it.
Format: If someone ran in your house and took your keyboard, the guitar, the notebooks and the laptops, what would you do the next day?
Tim: It sounds awful. Iâ€™d cry. Iâ€™d probably make some ice tea, sit on the porch and drink it.
Format: Whatâ€™s coming soon?
Tim: The album Him after Her on October 7, 2008.
To find out more about Tim William, visit his website.