I found Timothy Wisdom's tunes through my (Kinda-sorta brief) obsession with Ghetto Funk that started after my first Shambhala festival. A strict adherent to the Temple of Funk and Groove, Wisdom's tunes are instantly accessible for the non-EDM initiated and the consistently pleasing (From what I'm told by people who know more than me) to those already initiated. A Vancouver homey reppin' our beloved West Coast of BC, he was super cool to talk with and I'm looking forward to some delicious golden potatoes in the future...
Here's an Essential Timothy Widsom (As chosen by Wisdom himself.) track for you to listen to whilst you read.
(Now we don't usually plug things before interviews 'round here, but the good Wisdom has built a tool that we all need to be using right now. "Go to soundwise.ca. It's the next evolution in finding free music online. It's a site I built that attaches to your personal Soundcloud network, traverses across that network, all the people you follow, and it finds all the free tunes that they've uploaded, commented on or favourited. It lays it all out in a nice, clean list so it's really easy to find and get all the free tunes. It's a TOTALLY FREE tool to use too. soundwise.ca.
1. What’s the first record you remember going out to buy with your own money?
That would probably be a K-TEL anthonolgy of some sort. “Hit News” I think it was called, maybe. It was a K-TEL record with Michael Jackson, Pat Benatar and Cindi Lauper on it.
2. Can you name a movie that had a real effect on the way you see the world?
Hmmm, what movies fucked my head up? I just saw Transcendence a little while ago and that made me question a lot of things. The Sweet Hereafter has also touched me in away that no other film has.
3. If the world was being destroyed what one piece of culture would you save from imminent doom?
I couldn’t say the internet could I? <laugh>
I suppose you can. Another person came up with that too. It’s a pretty big loophole I think I may need to close up soon.
Well, it’s one thing, right? THE INTERNET. <laughs> That would definitely keep me busy for the rest of my life.
4. If you had to choose between keeping your sight and sound, which are you keeping?
Wow, that’s a tricky one. Obviously you’re going to think I’d go with sound because I’m Timothy Wisdom and I do music. But I think the primary sense is sight, I feel like it. I can’t imagine being blind, I’d be really lost. I imagine I could still get things done if I was deaf, but it would be a lot harder, just so much more difficult to get through the world. I think I’m going to have to go with sight. You’ve seen It’s All Gone Pete Tong, right? There are ways to deal.
5. Immortality. Do you ever think about it? Thoughts about it? Do you think you may like it?
No, I don’t think we’re meant to live forever. I think we’re brought here to do some learning and then we’re meant to move on to the next phase. Once we’ve figured out the lesson here we’re meant to go on.
Do you have any idea what you think that next phase is? Or what you’d like it to be?
<pause> This is a really deep question. I think there is a finite amount of energy and matter in the universe that just gets recycled around and around so we just turn into the next phase of matter and energy that is needed. The greater, God or whatever you want to call it, is constantly trying to expand and grow bigger and does that by sending us here in a lower form to cause movement to happen, to live between like and dark and happy and sadness. And in doing so we are the energy that creates that movement which allows that force to grow to become an all-encompassing expanding thing.
6. Colin from Pigeon Hole and Sweatshop Union asks: What is the most versatile vegetable and why?
<laughs> What the hell. Does a potato count as a vegetable?
Yeah, it’s a root vegetable, of course!
<laugh> Yeah, I think I’ve heard some stories about the usefulness of cucumbers.
(At this point the laughter was too much. Good stuff.)
Do you have a favourite potato dish?
Well, I make the best oven-roasted potatoes in the world.
That’s a pretty bold claim, my friend.
Come on over sometime and I’ll treat you to some oven-roasted potatoes.