Nicholas Tym
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Nicholas Tym

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New life (acoustic EP, 2009)

Okanagan's Suns (acoustic EP, 2010)




Who said international artists don’t come from the post-soviet area? Nicholas Tym is here to prove this conventional belief wrong. Born in Ukraine, he has grown into a citizen of the world now keen on delivering his music to its very distant corners and biggest capitals. Nicholas says “I believe music is the means of showing your very core, not showing off… and I enjoy the most watching people enjoying me enjoying performing for them.”

Born in Kiev, Ukraine – at the time a part of the Soviet Union - Nicholas was listening to all kinds of international music since the age of five. He picked up his father’s prehistoric, dusty acoustic guitar for the first time when he was seven, having told his schoolteacher he was planning to form a rock band, which he did actually at 14. Ever since, musicianship, songwriting and performance have become Nicholas’ life.

Though some might say Ukraine of the ’90’s was probably the last place on Earth for cultivating a global musical mindset, Nick was doing his best struggling against a scarcity of overseas music and personal cash with enthusiasm and cunning. As a musician he grew up in the band where he was playing for more than ten years floating in the punk-grunge-rock-pop-indie stream. Throughout its history the band underwent several different language and style reincarnations with the most successful being Pomaranch (“orange” in English), announced in 2003 as “The opening of the year” by M1 Ukraine’s music channel and awarded “Best Ukrainian rock-band” by Pearls of the Season Pan-Ukrainian Music Competition, and Eat Me Tiger - English-singing indie-rock band, which got its debut single From the Underground on FM radios across Ukraine and its music video rotated heavily on MTV Ukraine. As a lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Nicholas toured venues and open-air scenes with the band all over Ukraine, frequently featuring on local and national TV channels, radios, web and printed media.

Everything changed in 2009 when Nicholas Tym decided to go off for a solo experience and experiment where, as he said “…there will be no style, language or geographical limitations”. Having changed his music style unexpectedly and radically, in summer 2009 he released his debut EP New Life with five original acoustic tracks. Influenced by such timeless masters as Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Led Zeppelin as well as by outstanding contemporaries Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer, unlike in his rock-band years, Nicholas’s solo music has nothing to do with complex electro-rock arrangements and throat-tearing vocals. Instead, his leading singing is full of melody, occasionally husky or spiced with falsettos and catchy lines, while his acoustic guitars are transparent and groovy - all of which makes this release a fresh, light and truly tuneful record. New Life was recorded and produced by Ukrainian producer Max Kapusta, who worked with Ukraine’s top acts Vopli Vodoplyasova “VV”, Tabula Rasa, Pasha Gudimov, etc. and co-produced by Jeff Long, Canadian producer known for working with Dan Rothery, Daniel Powter and Brian Adams.

Nicholas live debut as a solo artist took place in June 2009 at Kyiv’s cultish ‘44 art-club’ and in July he presented his music to overseas audiences by going on “Traveling Light Tour” across British Columbia province in Canada. During the tour he also recorded two acoustic tracks with Jeff Long at Image Audio Studios in Vernon, BC, CA that were released in May 2010 in Okanagan’s Suns EP.