Tim Chipping

Tim Chipping


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Tim Chipping

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Music, film & TV editor at Holy Moly. Freelance feature writer for fRoots, MSN, The Guardian...
Bio
A full-time music and entertainment journalist since 2002. 
I specialise in features on folk music, classic pop and all that stuff they play on BBC 6 Music during the day.
Bad press releases and artist biographies make me cry, so I now have a sideline in writing those to spare other journalists my pain.
I also make promotional interview-based videos. They're ok.
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Expertise
artist management, pr, music promotion, filmmaking, editing, music writing, tv, film production, artist branding, music journalism, artist development, music interviews
Interests
hip-hop, jazz, alternative, folk, music, pop, dream pop, folk rock, americana, bluegrass, entertainment, pop culture, tv, irish music
Location
London

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Rivers EP by Amber Skye

Tim Chipping

The full package. Big song, great and original vocal, fabulous production. Am listening to the full EP now. Terrific stuff. Very radio friendly without compromising on the strong identity of the music.
Frustratingly it's not something I can write about at the moment as it's too pop (in a good way) for any the publications I'm working for. But you are absolutely one to watch and I look forward to what you do next.

PUZZLE submitted media.

Tim Chipping

There's a lot here I liked. It reminds me a bit of the stuff VV Brown does not, which is no bad thing. Great sound and production. I was fairly captivated by the video too. 
If I were to offer constructive criticism it would be just about the description of your music: "a series of singles aiming to decode reality while embracing emotional vulnerability through escapism." I just don't think the listener needs to know that. It falls on the wrong side of pretentious but also doesn't allow me to make up my own mind what your music might be about. Maybe allow for more mystery about your intentions.

Shaun Hettinger submitted media.

Tim Chipping

Not just WTF but How The...? One of the best videos I've seen all year.
I enjoyed the track but felt it was slightly dated in its production. The kind of track boyband members used to release as solo singles to prove they were way more out there and interesting than their former group. That's not to say there's anything wrong with it, just that it perhaps needs a more current mix. that's if you want to sound current of course. If not, screw what I have to say. What do I know!? I still enjoyed this a lot.

Silvia Nikoletti submitted media.

Loving You (Official Video) by Celeste Buckingham

Tim Chipping

Song, performance, production and video all of a remarkably high standard. There will be the inevitable Adele comparisons but Celeste's voice is enough "her own" that by the final dramatic stages of the song it's clear she's an artist worth paying attention to in her own right. Difficult to know what to say since this is already the full package. Just keep the songs coming.

Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Botanico by Pedro Meirelles

Tim Chipping

Hi Pedro. Thanks for sending me this as I have to confess I'd forgotten how much I liked Nostalgia, that you sent me earlier in the year. But the moment I heard this wonderful piece I knew it had to be by the same composer. Just what I needed to hear after a tough day. Hope things are going well for you. Keep the gorgeousness coming!

Jane Lawson submitted media.

'Hangover Me' (featuring Rumer) by O'Connell and Love

Tim Chipping

If the rest of the album is as good as this you have a smash on your hands. Sometimes these kind of collaborations can be awkward and forced and less than the sum of their parts, but this feels effortless, joyous and inspired. Radio 2 need to be playing the heck out of this. Thanks for sharing, this has started off my day in a fine style.

Carl-Marcus Gidlöf submitted media.

Tim Chipping

Superb and beautiful. It's so difficult to write songs that are both personal and anthemic at the same time but you've achieved it here. It's like a hymn. Perfect video too. 10 more like this and you're everyone's new favourite band! :) I really look forward to hearing more, thank you for sharing this.

Andrew Tomlinson submitted media.

The Future Can't Be Known by The Witch And The Robot

Tim Chipping

If David Lynch's children made home movies...
I enjoyed the track (not sure there's much "folk" there though!) I like the mix of analogue synths and classic indie guitar. Not sure the song is quite strong enough for me to tell the world about it. I liked the sound of it though so will certainly have a listen to more of your stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Steve Moore submitted media.

Revolt by The Unravelling

Tim Chipping

This sounds very impressive. Hugely confident and accomplished. Should've been included on the Mad Max Fury Road soundtrack. However it's not my field of music really, so can't offer any assistance at the moment I'm afraid. But thanks for letting me hear it. It's blown the cobwebs away on a Saturday morning!

Daysha Taylor submitted media.

Tim Chipping

I love the idea of "dirt and wire", what a great phrase. It's difficult to make electronic and traditional instruments work together without straying into troubling new age territory. To my ears this nearly achieves the right blend but I think I could use more dirt. The fiddle has so much character that I feel like the beats need to match that with their own. At the moment I don't think the electronics are as interesting as the acoustics, if you see what I mean. But I look forward to hearing more.

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Post Positive by exertion Gold Sun

Tim Chipping

I have no idea what that was but I liked it. Post-Ginsberg, post-WTF?, post-it note.

John Aulabaugh submitted media.

Road Less Traveled by John Aulabaugh

Tim Chipping

What have you been doing all your life? Really great song. A sincere sentiment, with a great back story. But musically is where this truly shines. This is the stuff, whatever that stuff is, that every songwriter tries for every time. Universally affecting, deeply satisfying, bug warm hug music. Thanks for sending.

Alison Shelesky submitted media.

Will I See You Again by Christian Lopez Band

Tim Chipping

Very impressive and promising stuff. To know who you are musically at such a young age is very exciting. I hope Christian never gives into temptation to compromise his sound. If anything I'd like to hear it a bit rougher round the edges. Even more live and raw. And I want to hear the album he makes in ten years time after all the millions and the divorce, where it's just him and a beat up Martin guitar and a whole lot of misery and regret!

Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Tim Chipping

Both the music and the video had me captivated from the start. Beautiful and evocative and moving. I'm looking forward to hearing more. Thank you.

Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Pedro Meirelles - Van Gogh by Pedro Meirelles

Tim Chipping

Really moving and evocative. I need to be listening to that on a speeding train, leaving behind a sad situation! Reminds me of some of the music of Haiku Salut although I don't imagine either of you have heard each other. But you share that talent for making soundtracks for imaginary films; the narrative and emotion is all there in the build and release of the music.

Paul Hale submitted media.

Taking You Out by The Landed

Tim Chipping

Wow. This has genuine Top 10 potential. A very "now" songs and sound but with classic pop rock elements that could work for Radio 1 or Radio 2 and appeal to young and old. And very TV friendly too. Can also imagine you being asked to write for the current crop of boybands-with-guitars who all seem to be attempting this kind of thing at the moment (though I appreciate that might not be viewed as a compliment, it's meant as one!) Taking You Out sounds like a hit to me.
If I have a constructive criticism it's that the band is selling itself short in its written descriptions. And that could be the difference between getting heard and not. "4 piece Indie Rock band from Essex" did not make me want to listen to you. And I've just had a look at your website and your biog isn't working for you at all, and could be putting people off. The band it describes (local and a bit dull) is the opposite of what I just heard here (a band I'd be trying to sign if I was the head of a major label). It's easily fixed but, yeah... The Landed need to be presenting themselves as a group ready for huge success on both sides of the Atlantic. Because that's how they sound.

Johnny Hwin submitted media.

Tim Chipping

My god. Are Cathedrals not massive already? I feel like I must be hearing (and watching) a band that every blog and style mag is raving about right now. This has got it all, really. Particularly like that doubled high and low vocal near the start. Really distinctive. This beautiful track doesn't really put a foot wrong (although I'd have preferred an end to a fade out, that's just personal taste). And I don't think there's anything I could say that's going to help because this just sounds like 2014 and the kind of thing British music writers are going to get very excited about. So get yourselves over here quick.

The video is absolutely stunning and mesmerizing. A complete triumph.

Los Waves submitted media.

Your World by Los Waves

Tim Chipping

So would Los Waves be annoyed if I called them "the new Strokes"? They shouldn't, because I think the world needs a new Strokes. This is urgent, drunk, throw yourself about the room, snarly indiepop of a kind that's been missing from the sweaty clubs of Britain for a while.
Absolutely NOT my kind of music, but infectiously good enough to make me grin despite that. Future NME cover stars.

Samuel Murphy submitted media.

While It Lasts by Umiaq

Tim Chipping

This is the soundtrack to a really bleak but brilliant film that's not yet been made. Or if it has, I hope this is on the soundtrack. I'm listening through to your other tracks now. All equally assured. You clearly know what you're doing and I imagine it's only a matter of time before I see your name attached to the score of something important and award winning. Impressive stuff.

John Mondick submitted media.

Elsa by Birds Over Arkansas

Tim Chipping

This was a refreshing surprise. The word "acoustic" has started to become a synonym for "unimaginative" but not here. Timelessly unfashionable blend of cleverness and naivete. Reminiscent of Tim Finn or maybe Difford & Tilbrook, a little bit of Ben Folds maybe. Not that I think that's who the band are influenced by, but it's the kind of world they belong to. I particularly like the banjo and keys playing the same line. never heard that before, maybe they should patent it. It's a great sound.

Jay Frank submitted media.

Tim Chipping

Oh that's the stuff. Just loved every inch of it. A brilliant piece of songwriting that gets better and better as it builds. The sound of it is perfect too: beautiful but raw, evocative and passionate. If you want comparisons then First Aid Kit with the bruised rage of Kathleen Edwards, and Stevie Nicks turning up drunk at the end of the night. 
Liked the video too. A story I'll need to watch a few times to figure out. And I wish I was in that bar right now.
Album please. Can't wait to see her in London. And send this to BBC 6 Music straight away. Radcliffe and Maconie would eat this up.

Chad Lawson submitted media.

Tim Chipping

It's incredible how little it takes to make Chopin sound utterly contemporary. But that's not to suggest there's not a great deal at work here. This is warm and considered minimalism. I love how tactile it is; you can almost feel the presence of the instruments. And it's as if my head is next to the piano. That must be the jazzer in Chad that feels so free to use all of the instrument to make the music, not simply the strikes of the hammers. Listening to it as Autumn creeps into England, my imagination is curled up in a fire warmed and lit room.

Luca Hamdoun submitted media.

Serendipity by Luke Helmond feat.Corinna Covini

Tim Chipping

It has a good late night mood to it. Corinna's voice is original and distinctive. Would really work well on radio. But this is a crowded area of music and I think the track would benefit from the individual sounds getting more of their own identity and to really grab me sonically. You could afford to take a lot more risks and really give the listener something they're not expecting.

Luca Hamdoun submitted media.

Tim Chipping

The start was terrific. Loved the space stuff. The kaleidoscopic images not so much. It all became a bit like Homer Simpson's first website - far too many disconnected things and cheap looking effects. Less is more. Stick to the classier images. The track is strong enough without all the distractions.

Bob Manning submitted media.

Stand/still by Cold, cold heart

Tim Chipping

Fantastic to hear something so unhurried and yet still captivating. So much space to think in one piece of music. Lovely stuff.