Singer/songwriter, Tim Chaisson, is currently preparing for the U.S. release of his newest album, The Other Side. The record is slated to drop February 26th in the states but has been available both in Canada and Australia since late September of last year. Chaisson recently took time off to talk with Alternative Addiction about the new release and his experience working with revered Canadian producer, Colin Linden.
Growing up in Prince Edward Island, Chaisson had a unique musical upbringing to say the least. The singer wrote his first song on the fiddle at the age of 12 and shortly thereafter played bass in the Celtic group, Kindle, alongside his two brothers and three cousins. At 15, Chaisson went on to launch a solo career releasing music locally but didn’t receive widespread attention for his work until 2008 when he formed Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold. A year later, the group released their debut album, Broken Hearted Beat, and toured throughout Canada and Australia in support of the record.
Today, Chaisson is releasing music on his own though he still plays with Morning Fold from time to time. His new record has been received well in his home country of Canada and fans in the states will be able to purchase the disc in a little over a month. For the new album, Chaisson collaborated with producer, Colin Linden, who is known for his work behind the soundboard and also as an accomplished guitarist.
“He’s (Linden) an iconic Canadian musician, songwriter, singer, and producer. He’s produced a ton of great Canadian records and a couple American records as well. So we went to Toronto and recorded it there in about six days. The other guys on the album are actually members of his band and we all played and recorded it at the same time. For my last record we kind of did it like that, but this one was full fledged live off the floor. So it’s pretty raw and real.”
Already, “Beat This Heart,” has been noted by critics as a top track off the album but Chaisson pointed out a different song as one of his personal favorites; the song is called “Come Clean” and to listen to an acoustic version of the track, access the following link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF5to8uI_AE.
“I would say that ‘Come Clean’ is probably one of my favorites as far as the writing process went. It actually came together pretty fast and I wrote it with two of my friends. So it happened quickly but I think the message sunk in right away; it was a pretty organic process. And it seems to be a favorite for some other people as well which is great.”
Chaisson will be wrapping up his current Australian tour on January 12th and will then be playing at The Living Room in NYC on the 22nd. And considering Chaisson has been performing since he was 14 years old, the singer has learned a great amount over the years about what it’s like to be on the road and how to approach audiences.
“My first showcase that I ever did, I had it built up in my head that you had to put on the absolute best performance and that is kind of true in a way. But you can kind of psyche yourself out doing that and new listeners have a tendency to always critique you anyway. So now I just go out there, do my best, and if people like it then that’s great it. If not, then there’s not much you can do…whenever I go out and play, I try to make everybody apart of what’s going on. I try to make it a little more of an interactive experience with the people that are there.”
Doors open at 6:30pm for the January 22nd show in New York City and Chaisson is scheduled to perform at 8:00pm.