What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
The next year for me is touring. I'm off to Europe in July and will be back before Christmas, going round as much of Europe as we can, trying to squeeze in as many shows, and then we'll swing back through America.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
I really like Anika Moa's new album a lot. I think it's bold. The Ruby Suns' album is worldly, and I like their tour schedule! I just heard simon Comber's new record too, its heart is in Dunedin but its head in Auckland. It's pretty classic.
What will your next release be?
My next release is my 3rd album 'Big World', it's just come out.
How do you come up with your lyrics?
For the lyrics to this record, I went to Spain, and I wrote about 20 postcards to friends and family and didn't end up sending them, and then when I sat down to write lyrics, I realised I had a heap of stuff already down and it all fit perfectly.
What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
My favourite NZ place is Queen Street, Auckland, I know there's so many beautiful spots around the country, Milford Sound, Te Anau, the Glaciers, Northland, all that is truly stuff of beauty, but I love Queen Street from top to bottom.
What inspired you to become a musician?
My father inspired me to become a musician, in a weird round about way and he would be suprised to hear that, cause he isnt a musician. He has passion for a certain style of music to hear, but mainly I would say him, because of the joy he showed by bringing home a new record for us to listen to, and he'd say, 'now sit in front of the speakers, listen to the words and don't talk!', later on, mum has had a major influence on me cause she is obsessive about music, about its history.
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
The best show by far was at Womad in 2008, being on stage with Neil Finn, Don McGlashan, and about 40 others singing 'throw your arms around me' for the final set of the festival. Also Womad that year marked the last show of my band with Anika Moa and Anna Coddington, which was special, a good way to go out!
Australian born, Tim Guy spent time living in Papua New Guinea as a child but these days resides in Auckland, New Zealand. Due to his troubador nature, he describes himself as 'Pacifican.'
Tim tours extensively as a solo act traveling with an acoustic guitar and using a kick drum pedal to hammer his guitar case as a drum, a unique adaptation to an old art-form.
He has 3 albums to his name, 2004's Blazey (produced by Bic Runga), 2007's self produced and fast becoming lo-fi classic 'Hummabyes' (using archaic recording techniques so that the atmosphere shapes the album as much as the songwriting and performance), and 2010's 'Big World', a lush production as the antithesis of the previous release. Tim Guy is an ever-changing, evolving songwriter, while remaining within the parameters of traditional song structure.