Today we sat down with Tim Graham from the post hardcore band Rozu! We talk inspiration for writing music, advice for other musicians, and of course type of music listening growing up. Be sure to check out their music below after the interview!
Here is the interview:
ANSWERED BY TIM GRAHAM VOCALS
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
I think the main inspiration is just the need to write music that is in all four of us, sonically we don’t try and confide ourselves to a box and really do write how we are feeling in that session on that day. Lyrically I just continue to write notes on my phone or in my notebook of how I’m feeling each day or if I get a melody or think of a single phrase.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
I grew up listening to a lot of rock and metal. My dad was a big rock guy and loved bans like Tool, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, etc. From there I really started diving into hip hop and pop music, and then somebody gave me Underoath’s Their Only Chasing Safety album and the whole game changed for my musical interests and need to write this style.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath was and is still my guy! First time I saw that band live I knew I wanted to be like that guy. His stage presence and power he has every performance made me want to be a singer and taught myself screaming by mimicking his style.
If you weren’t a musician, would you be doing today?
I’d still be on the business side of the industry. I started my musical journey off as just a merch guy and tour managing bands, and it’s what I went to school for and still continue to educate myself in. I’d be working at some label somewhere out there (laughs).
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
Honestly do it for you! Get reaper and a midi keyboard or guitar and just start writing because you want to. Be honest and genuine and put in the work for your craft.