SKRT Magazine catches up with artist Tim Lyre on our interview segment.
He talks his style, influences, released projects, his creative process & more exclusive to www.skrtdaily.com
Tell us about yourself
I’m a lawyer turned artist. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. Spent some time living in England but I’m home now.
What influences the art/music you create?
Different things, but it usually comes down to my personal experiences with people, so my friends I make music with, the different people I’ve come across at different times in different places, it’s a way to make sense of everything really. And of course my favorite artists and sounds also play a big part too.
What genre or style are you sticking to ?
I’m constantly exploring all types of music, so I hardly sit in one place but I make sure to find a good balance. Bruce Lee says be
shapeless and formless like water. Gotta stay fluid. So yeah, style bender like Izzy.
What sparked your interest in making music?
I’ve been playing music since I was a kid, had piano lessons from like age 10, from classical to jazz and gospel and then when I went off to Uni in 2012, I started seriously trying to produce music and it’s just been natural progression since I guess.
What projects have you released or planning to release?
A handful of singles since 2016 including Relax, Right Now ft. Joyce Olong, Supplier ft. July Drama. Also dropped multiple projects, did “20+ – Excess” in 2018, inDigo with DaRe in 2019 and in 2020 I released 2 projects Senpai and K.A.P. This year I’ve got something special lined up, I’ve been working on a project for a long time now and it’s finally coming to life. The first single is called “Real” and it’s out on the 30th of July, it’s part of a new direction for me and it’s some of the most carefully crafted music I’ve ever made, my heart is on my sleeve with this one. Got some elite special guests on the project too. I got a song with both Lady Donli and PrettyboyDO on there, I’ve even got Lex Amor on there too, i can feel it’s the best form I’ve been in so I’m extra hype for these releases.
What keeps you motivated, what is your creative process ?
I spend a lot of my time thinking so naturally ideas tend to follow, the challenge of building out these ideas
from practically nothing is usually more than enough motivation for me. I also try not force it cause if it’s not coming from a genuine place then I don’t think there’s any point.
What more to expect from your brand in the future?
With my music, I intend to keep pushing the boundaries. Earlier on you asked about genre, typically my music would
be described as Afro-Fusion but I know I’m only just scratching the surface and there’s so much more to do. With this project I’ve got coming this year I’m glad I get to work with a label that fully understands and backs this. God bless my people at Outer South. Definitely looking to branch out into other areas of the entertainment business too in the near future.
Who are you eager to collaborate with?
Endless list, Tems, Jords, Koffee, Tay Iwar, Wizkid, Asa. I’ll stop there for now cause we could be here a while.
What is your fashion sense saying?
Whatever feels good. I stay fresh though. Always.
Poison of choice?
Describe your social & romantic relationship status?
Social – I got my people and they got me too. Relationship – I’ll get back to you.
First Date Ideas?
Yukon for Nothern Lights. Or some Jamaican food. Nuff green too.
Tesla Model X.
Vacay country/countries of choice ?
Jamaica, Tanzania, Anywhere with a nice beach.
Soda or Water?
Working on it.
How do you uplift your self spiritually and mentally?
Pray. Meditate. Take walks. Music.
What impact do you plan to leave on society?
Shatter glass ceilings for my people. We can be limitless and I must prove it. The aim is to improve the quality of people’s lives.
Who is/are your mentor(s)?
God. My conscience.
Give a quote(s) you want to be remembered by?
I put everything in this and I never settled for less.
Thanks for pulling up, Looking forward to seeing you at the next SKRT Fest event.