This week we sat down with local Neo-Soul artist Tim Marconett to learn more about his background, feature in The Weekly: The Guitarist Series, and where he’s headed.

Tim Marconett found music because he wanted to be like his older brothers. At age ten, Tim started learning guitar and drums because his older brothers both played piano. His drive however, reached far beyond fitting in with his family, as he cultivated a love for making music. From the first AC/DC song he learned, he was hooked. “I started taking private lessons with Steve Sage at thirteen and then joined jazz band in high school. Those two things really challenged me and I was always being pushed to a higher and higher level of playing”. The skills and stylistic approaches Tim gained in his lessons and stint in jazz band earned him a scholarship to study at the ICMP in London for a year, changing his perspective on being a musician. "Before I moved to London, I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my future as a musician in the Bay Area. I was feeling a little lost. When I got the opportunity to audition for (and eventually win) a scholarship to the ICMP, it made me feel like I could accomplish more than I previously thought. That was inspiring. The ICMP and the London music community in general taught me that I had a lot more to learn."

As Bay Area native, Tim has found, “There’s a great lineage of funk music and blues in the Bay that has trickled down into the hip hop culture and the East Bay music scene. There’s a young audience here that is genuinely interested in funk, blues and jazz, so it’s great to be able to play in an area where your music resonates with people”. Inspired by the works of Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, Tim is pulling together vintage soul vibes with more modern guitar licks and rhythms to form his own brand of Neo-Soul. "I'm inspired by the songwriting of Blake Mills, Hiatus Kaiyote, and D'Angelo. Musically I think I have something to say, and I'm interested in digging as deep as I can to find out how to say it". It’s this kind of style that has brought Tim to the attention of some of the greats, and earned him spots playing with Jorge Santana, Thomas Pridgen and Narada Michael Walden.  

When he’s not writing and performing, Tim teaches lessons privately and at Music Time Studio in Livermore. He teaches guitar, bass, drums and voice to students ages 6 to 50, and loves “showing a student that next step that they didn’t know existed, the seemingly secret part of music”. He aims to expose his younger students to legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn and show them how those artists influenced so many others, “I think it's really valuable to establish that connection point and teach them to take something, add their own touches and make it their own”. 

Currently, Tim is writing new material for his first album of original songs and recently joined Vertex Effects in Richmond. He's working on a promotional video for one of the company's new creations, that will be out soon. He will also be showcasing his moody Neo-Soul at Ivy Hill on April 27th at The Weekly's third installment of The Guitarist Series

Fun Fact: The last song Tim listened to was Ain't No Woman Like The One I've Got by The Four Tops