With just 14 sleeps left ’til Bloodstock Festival, MetalMouth dragged Songwriter/Guitarist, Tim Goatham, away from his guitar for ten seconds for a pre festival interview about TEMPUS FUSION.
How did you choose your bands name?
The name is a bit of a random one, actually. The short version is I’m [Tim] a tard and misheard the translation for “Tempus fugit” – meaning “Time flies” – but heard it as “Tempus Fusion“. Needing a name for the recording project/band I had started to get going, it stuck and I never really thought to change it.
Tim, why did you leave Bloodshot Dawn?
Well, I joined playing bass and did so for about a year. It was definitely fun but as much as I do love my death metal, it’s not really what I want to be doing musically. That, and I missed playing guitar. This was my main reason. It was starting to get a bit obvious that I wasn’t really into it anymore and I think the guys had picked up on it so when it came to it, everybody won! As luck would have it, the bassist I replaced had just come back from traveling and he ended up re-joining so I basically filled in for a year.
Are you still in contact with your previous bands?
Tim – Yeah they are still good mates. They are fairly local to me so I go and see them when I can. My only other band is Season’s End and we are just about to finish off a new album so all is well in that camp!
James – Yeh I still speak to the guys from time to time, in particular the old bass player Drex. We don’t hang out much but there are no hard feelings.
How did you both start working together as part of Tempus Fusion?
Tim – We know each other through Season’s End. I joined about 6 months before James and we are very much into the same bands so when I started to show people my recording project (which is what TF would become), James seemed really keen to play it live and before long, started jamming the tunes I had sent him.
James – Tim gave me some demo’s which really piqued my interest. I struggled finding time to work on it through demands with The Defiled, but once I got that out of the way we were able to get down to business.
How do you think your sounds as Tempus Fusion compare to the sounds of your previous bands?
Tim – Bloodshot Dawn are A LOT heavier and faster. Season’s End is a lot more mellow and rock. I am very much into my big walls of sound as much as I am ambiance so I think Tempus Fusion is a really good middle ground between the two.
James – I’d say its more technical and more experimental. A niche market though, which matters not
What’s the most difficult thing you encounter as an emerging band, and how have you overcome it?
Just getting people to know about us! We have an hour long CD but getting everyone to hear it is very much an uphill struggle, a lot of the time. That being said we try and play as many gigs as we can and always seem to get a good responce from the crowds which is awesome excellent!
How would you describe Tempus Fusion‘s sounds?
“Epic!” seems to be the word of choice for more people. I really love soundscape’s, ambience and huge walls of sound so I think it was always going to come across in my music. I have always been into production so that also plays a big roll in our sound. If you’re a fan of such bands as Devin Townsend Project, Soilwork, Tesseract and Pink Floyd then there is a good chance you will dig what we do.
How did you get to be a part of the festival? (if through Metal to The Masses which area?)
I sent a copy of our album to Simon and got an email back about a week later offering us a slot. We got very lucky that he checked us out and seemed to like it enough! It was one of those thoughts were you will never know unless you try. We tried and it paid off!
What are the nerves like right now? Is this your biggest ever audience/first festival appearance?
Completely excitement! Waiting for the band before us to finish and setting up our gear will be full-on panic and massive nerves, then when we start playing it will be awesome fun! Its pretty much how ever gig plays out for us. It will be over so quickly, though. That will suck, but then we will catch up with a bunch of people, get some beers in and go watch Machine Head! What more could you ask for!?
What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at Bloodstock?
Machine Head! Behemoth, My old band Bloodshot Dawn on Thursday! Pretty much all of Sunday, too.
Are there any other up and coming bands out there you would recommend keeping an eye on right now?
Yeah we have a few who we have done shows with who I thought were awesome! Midnight Realm, As Gods, Entro-P (who have played BOA before, which is awesome).
Do you have any funny stories from your route to Bloodstock (or any previous times that you have been to the festival) that you would like to share with the MetalMouth readers?
Ahhhh soooooo many that are definitely not safe for the internet haha!
That being said, last year myself, Dave and James had Access All Area’s passes last year and JC was playing with The Defiled still, and opened up the mainstage on Friday. We got plenty of drinks in and watched Devin from the side of the stage, got kicked out and had to watch from the back. Then they realised we weren’t supposed to be there at all and got kicked out to the front so we saw his amazing set from 3 places. Then went and hung out with them after the show! It was the best day ever!
Are there any messages that you would like to pass on to your fans?
Come and see us after the show! We want to meet you, say Hey and get some drinks in! See you in August!
TEMPUS FUSION are playing the Bloodstock Festival on Saturday 11th on the New Blood Stage
For more information on Tempus Fusion checkout http://www.facebook.com/tempusfusionband