Tim started his career in the music industry at the age of 19, signing an 8 album record deal with Sony Music. His band Jocasta released the album ‘No Coincidence’ in 1997 at the height of the Britpop scene, featuring a collaboration between Tim and The London Symphony Orchestra on many of the tracks where he established his role as a rock and classical crossover artist.
In 1999, and at the age of 23, Tim became Master of Music for the 400th Anniversary season at Shakespeare’s Globe, composing music for Peter Oswald’s play Augustine’s Oak. The music enabled Tim to draw on a multitude of genres including early Elizabethan fanfare, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Jazz, Early Celtic music and 6th century liturgical chant. Tim reassembled the musicians from the Globe production ten years a later to record the album from the play. Augustine’s Oak was released in 2011.
His first solo album ‘Lokutara’ was released on Tim’s own label in 2004, published by Universal Music. The songs were both written and recorded in a remote Buddhist Monastery in Thailand with the assistance of the monks who helped him to build a music studio in the grounds of the monastery. All the melodies were composed by using an ancient Buddhist method of creating music from patterns in nature that the monks taught Tim how to use. This method, known as ‘laisen’ is said to contain healing properties for the listener. The only single from the album, Walking Through Walls was play-listed on BBC Radio 2.
Tim’s next landmark album (his third solo album) is Secrets of Soho, a personal journey that charted Tim’s experiences in the area throughout his 20’s and the first to garner serious reviews from the British music press, most notably NME and Q Magazine who both championed the album.
In 2010, his 10th album Sonnet 155 previewed to standing ovations at The Almeida Theatre with actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Briers, Paul McGann performing alongside Tim, his band, 3 opera singers and a string section. The album is a rock/classical project inspired by letters that Tim received from a host of Shakespearean actors who gave him their personal view on the importance of Shakespeare, including Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and many more. Songs on Sonnet 155 also included musical variations on Mozart’s 25th Symphony in G Minor, Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Michael Nyman’s The Draughtsman’s Contract. Artistic Director of the Almeida, Michael Attenborough said of the project “A collection of songs about today and tomorrow inspired by Tim’s own personal experience and the creativity of a man writing 400 years ago”.
In 2012 Tim launched his alter ego ‘The Soho Hobo’ – an album project that would celebrate the character of his beloved home of London’s most creative square mile. Dubbed by the Daily Express as “Probably the concept album Ray Davies never wrote about Soho”, the album went on to pick up BBC London album of the year, earning Tim a place in song-writing history as the first artist to make a concept album about London’s Soho.
Singles like ‘The King of Soho’ were picked up by Robert Elms of BBC London Radio and ‘The Piccadilly Trot’ – whose 100 cast flash mob video famously stopped traffic in Piccadilly Circus and was subsequently aired on several TV shows including the ITV One’s Paul O’Grady Show.
The album features duets with Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, actor Phil Daniels and enjoyed a series of sell out shows at Soho Theatre.
After taking a break to spearhead the Save Soho group with friends Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry, Tim composed his first feature film music for 2016’s noir thriller Blood Orange, starring Iggy Pop in the leading role. Tim composed the theme music, the theme song and all of the music that Iggy Pop performs in the movies. The single ‘Money Kills Love’ taken from the film prompted Iggy Pop in an interview with NME to compare Tim’s boundless variety of musical styles to the late great David Bowie. The single was championed by Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music.
In 2017, Tim has released his first proper classical album ‘Sounds to Pictures, Volume One’. The album explores Tim’s love of the soundtrack genre and features world class soloist Jonathan Hill. The pair recorded the album with the most valuable private collection of violins in the world, including the Ex-Molitor Stradivarius from 1697 that was once owned by Napoleon. This album will be followed by Tim’s as yet, untitled 16th solo album, due out Summer 2017.