Meet Tim Tye of Midnight Sky
Meet Tim Tye, a talented songwriter and musician, hailing from the vibrant city of Dayton, Ohio. Ever since his teenage years, Tim has been pouring his heart and soul into his music, especially through his skillful guitar playing. Drawing inspiration from the rich Country and Americana traditions, Tim’s original material has been beautifully showcased in three remarkable albums: “Dark Stretch of Road,” “A Few Good Years,” and his latest release, “Last Hope for the Modern World.”
Midnight Sky: where did all of it start?
1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?
Tim Tye [TT]: I suppose all music is unique unless it’s plagiarized. My, or any artist’s, work is unique, because it draws on the life experiences of the artist, and no two people have identical life experiences.
1 In Music: It is certainly the case for authentic artists such as yourself! So, what or who shaped your music and who supports you?
TT: I attended college in the early 70s, which was a great period for popular music. I had roommates who loved music. Listening to each other’s stuff broadened our understanding and appreciation of music we hadn’t already heard. I’m supported by a growing and loyal fanbase.
1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
TT: 2009. I decided it was time to start producing some of my material, instead of just thinking about it.
The birth of a sound
1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?
Tim Tye [TT]: Mostly oldies, I suppose. I really like Underground Garage and Outlaw Country on XM.
1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?
TT: Let me give you two: Curtis Eller and His American Circus; The Blasters.
Tips and inspiration fron Tim Tye of Midnight Sky
1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?
I worry about whether my guitars will stay in tune.
1 In Music: lol. What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
I’m still practicing law. I have a few other interests, but nothing compares with my passion for music.
1 In Music: Success to you is…?
[Success to me is] Having another artist record some of my material. I would love to hear someone else’s interpretation.
1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
TT: Don’t spend your life playing in a garage band. It’s a great way to start out, but ultimately your goal should be to create, not copy.
What is next from Tim Tye and Midnight Sky?
1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?
Tim Tye [TT]: I’ve been spending some time in the studio, but right now I’m putting most of my energy into promoting the new project: “Last Hope For The Modern World.”
1 In Music: Wow, a dramatically catchy title. Thank you for this interview but before we leave you, where will we find this upcoming project and the rest of your music?
TT: It’s on all streaming services. The best way is to search for Last Hope For The Modern World.