Sounds like a Berlin Story now but starts in Toronto, where organist Tim Isherwood left the funeral dirges of churches behind and set out to define his own myth. Like his kin: the infamous novelist of an epoch past, Isherwood’s music tells the stories of dreamers – roused by the fragments of their time. Music marked with the sounds of light vintage keyboards and a bold voice; Isherwood’s shade of electronica is influenced by the traditional and experimental.
1.Whales were once wolves
2.A broken watch is correct twice a day
3.Moonlighting as a church organist is like selling your soul to the devil
1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
My CP80 tremolo piano.
2.How and when did you get into making music?
As a kid, bored of the regiment of practicing scales so I started to improvise on the piano.
3.What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
“Stand ing on the beach” – The Cure
“G.I Gurdjieff” – Keith Jarret
“There is love in you” – Four Tet
“We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves” – John Maus
4.What do you associate with Berlin?
Lidl ladies, old punks of Friedrichshain, Italian anarchists, liberated dogs, lake escapes, smoking, idleness.
5.What’s your favorite place in your town?
Wrangelkiez in Berlin, Kensington market in Toronto.
6.If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7.What was the last record you bought?
Acquired… “Let’s Part in Style” by Chinawoman.
8.Who would you most like to collaborate with?
With artists in other mediums, dance, theatre…
9.What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
A boy singing Soprano of “I Saw Three Ships” at Massey Hall.
10.How important is technology to your creative process?
My laptop is the beast and vintage analog gear is the beauty.
11.Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
They are all classical musicians, so I think they respect my audacity.
Tim Isherwood going to play live at Monarch Berlin, on 7th June. Details here.
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