Interview with Bloodsimple: Reaping Time

What keeps your fire ignited lyrically? You’re very unpredictable and never repetitive in that aspect.

I read a lot of books, watch a lot of movies, and the world is always changing. I like to stay relevant and like you said, not try to repeat myself. That someone will appreciate it even if it’s just one person or 10 people. I like to write lyrics that will make someone come to me and say, ‘You helped me through this day.’ I like to write lyrics that amp people up, whether it’s working out or going to work or whatever it is. That’s why I chose to still do heavy music. I like to amp things up.

You just said that’s why you still chose to do heavy music, so is there another side of Tim that we don’t see. A singer- songwriter side maybe?

I wouldn’t go as far as singer-songwriter. There is definitely some other stuff that has been going on. I am just not ready to bring that out yet, but yeah, there is stuff like that. I have done some tracks, I have done about 10 mellow tracks throughout the years, some of them are pretty damn good, but obviously they are all in the demo phases.

I don’t have time right now and I am not really focused on that at the moment, but I think in the next couple of years… I might put something out like that. Yeah. No expectations with the music whatsoever, and that is going to be the best part about it. It will be no pressure, I know a $15/hour studio in my neighborhood, I am just going to get with a bunch of dudes, maybe put it on the smallest independent label ever! No plans to tour, none of that fucking shit, whatsoever. Maybe do a couple of shows in some small dives and that’s it. Just to fucking have fun with it. That might be on the horizon for me.

Can you share something that has really made you proud of yourself over the course of your career?

One of my wow moments would be playing with Alice In Chains. I did a song with them in Holland in front of 16,000 people. I did ‘We Die Young,’ that was pretty fucking… Wow! We got in with everybody. One day I was having a couple of drinks with Inez, and I was like, ‘Dude, you want to make my fucking summer? Let me come do one song with you guys.’ He was like, ‘Sure, let me just talk to Jerry about it.’ Then one day, they all came up to me and were like, ‘We are going to do ‘We Die Young,’ let’s go to rehearse it before we go on.’

So I had to go rehearse it with Jerry Cantrell and an acoustic guitar. Then we did it in front of 16,000 people and it was unreal! Just looking to my left and seeing fucking Jerry Cantrell and totally blew it out too, it was a good version. It was sick. That is a big fucking wow moment.