// Tim Woodz and the Dirty Shoes
Winner of the 2011 Maldon Minstrel Award, Gippsland born singer-songwriter Tim Woodz plays rhythm based folk music and has been captivating audiences for over 9 years. With his eclectic collection of songs, Tim has a warm sound that is one of a kind and a style that is inspirational.
Q&A, with Tim Woodz (singer/songwriter/muti-instrumentalist)Define your genre in five words or less:
Groovy story-telling folk musicHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I've been performing since 2002, and been writing music since about 2000. I don't know how a got into music, maybe through my parents and their folk club. I do remember having a very brief interest in vinyl and mum kindly suggested that I listen to Bob Dylan's "Don't think twice it's alright". The song sounded very archaic to me, rusty and old and dirty. but it knock me completely out flat cold, felt like I was hit with a ton bricks hit me, never had I experienced that before ever, in any form of art let alone music. That song scared the shit out of me, I don't know if it inspired me completely but I've never forgotten that moment.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
That's a hard one because I don't have just one musical hero, and I'm scared of most of them. And if who ever wants to listen and is just as important. I play my song to just people, heroes are people too and half of them you wouldn't even know. To me, a hero is someone who can spend quality time with there loved ones, but still be happy and satisfied enough to work and earn money, and come home happy. I want to play those heroes, even if they have just had one day in the past week that was heroic.What are your favourite venues?
Wesley Anne, Northcote Social Club, Lounge Room, Out the front of safewayWhat are your top 5 favourite albums?
Highway 61 Revisted - Bob Dylan Freaky Styley - Red Hot Chili Peppers Is this it? - The Strokes Hourly Daily - You am I Fashion Nugget - CakeWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
Oahh Jesus.... Supporting The Twoks EP Launch at NSC was the most meaningful for me at the time Bob Dylan in 2007 was greatWhere do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
Some Artists are more inspiring than others, like Woody Guthrie, you'd write a song day if you listened to woody all the time. Dylan's similar to that but sometimes more intense which can cloud up the flow of creativity I think. I use to write the music first then the words but now I just have a melody in my head write a few pages of words then somehow put them together into music and it general turns out wierd and a way i didn't expect, which is what makes it fun for me. Which ever way I do it, I tend to write a story the has some kind of punchline at the end. But then I get sick of doing that after a while, so I try something different, so the answer is I dunno... sorry bout that.