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TIMI TEMPLE – GUITAR

You might have seen him playing alongside Kilter in his live band, but now it’s time for TIMI TEMPLE to unleash his own intoxicating music, releasing his new single Sands of Time today October 27. The nostalgic track is accompanied by an artistic, visceral clip, directed in collaboration with Katie Luna (Dope Lemon). Timi also found time to do a little ‘Q&A’ing with us.

What was your first guitar?My first first guitar (that wasn’t really mine) was a cheap knockoff Strat my dad had. The first guitar I called my own was an Ibanez SA2000 which was a present after practicing everyday for a year!!

What’s your main guitar now?
I would say my 1979 Ibanez Artist 2630 but its pickup is cooked, so definitely my 82 Gibson Les Paul

Through what amp and why?
Another hand me down from Dad, I’m running a Roland Bolt 60 from US. I own so many other amps (Fender Twins, AC40’s and a few Mesa Boogies) but I keep coming back to this bad boy Bolt 60

Which pedals are your standards?
Haha, my Paul Cochrane TIM pedal is my desert island pedal I love it so much!! (it also has my name on it). I run that into a Strymon timeline and Blue Sky into a custom tones ethos pedal. I can cover pretty much all I need with those.

What’s your latest recording and when will you be back in the studio?
I pretty much live in my studio. I should probably catch some sun sometime, but nah, music beckons
My latest track I’ve put out under TIMI TEMPLE is called Sands Of Time, it’s a psychy song about running from the law for decades

Most memorable gig?
I think one I’ll keep with me forever will be playing at the Sydney Opera House as a 6 year old… it’s kind of what inspired me to follow my passion of music for life… most recently gracing the stage at Enmore Theatre as TIMI TEMPLE definitely had me chuffed too!

Worst stage nightmare?
Being a 15 year old showing off at a festival. My guitar solo came up and I decided to play behind my head… my guitar jack came out and I was left in silence, face redder than Rudolph. I haven’t solo’ed behind my head since…

Album that changed your life?
Probably Cream’s Disraeli Gears. I played Sunshine Of Your Love non-stop for weeks when I learnt that riff

What gigs are coming up in the next few months?
November 25th – Spilt Milk Festival Canberra with Kilter

A guitar tip for the kids?
When I was a kid I didn’t want to learn anyone else’s songs. My guitar teacher at the time said ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ I think it’s one of the best things I’ve carried. Learn everything you can from guitarists you like and eventually you’ll start creating your own language!

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