GET TO KNOW: Tim North
Having already built a strong and vibrant catalogue of riveting gems these last few years, Toronto-based rapper Tim North is back once again to deliver his upbeat new single 'Idle Hands'.
Conjuring a wonderfully fresh and euphoric energy that perfectly reflects his own energetic flow throughout, 'Idle Hands' makes for an incredibly engaging listen. With its smooth and breezy textures, soaring atmosphere, and shimmering hooks throughout, he is continuing to cement himself as one of the more exciting names doing the rounds with this one.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
My first love in music was definitely the 90s California punk scene - NOFX, Rancid, Green Day, Operation Ivy. Beastie Boys having a few hardcore songs on Ill Communication was how I first started hearing hiphop.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Several... I still feel like “Dead Last” - my version of a Cali punk band - had a rock solid name hah.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I grew skateboarding, writing graffiti, playing the drums, freestyling - all of which are forms of creation, and the inspiration for which is really intertwined with the lifestyle.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Right now, FamJam4000 by Jordan Ward. 2023 slapper.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
So funny - I was just thinking about the video shoot for Idle Hands, dope it was to be surrounded with so many of my close friends - and if I’ll ever be able to relive it. The thought is of course there will always be more great times ahead, but sometimes it’s good practice to put a memory on a pedestal and appreciate it as such.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Long term - Drake, Jay Z, or even Posty. At this moment though, I’d love to rock a crowd with Larry June.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
So many, but truly Ty Dolla is at the top of that list. Or Pharrell of course.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
It’s been a wild ride for me, from rocking pretty big crowds at home in Toronto, then being behind the scenes as a writer internationally, and now stepping back out as an artist with a Global deal. The unpredictability has wound up being the most fun part.
So with that, The one thing I know is I will be making music - and enjoying the ride along the way.
Tim North's new single 'Idle Hands' is available to stream now. Watch the new video for it below.