Written by Lauren Rosier
1st Base Runner is the immersive new project from Austin, TX-based indie/electronic artist, Tim Husmann. In a previous life, he performed with international acts at several infamous venues across North America including the Troubadour and the Fillmore to Montreal’s St. James United Church, all while playing the drums, synths, and arranging electronic live setups.
For seven years, Husmann quit playing music. It was necessary, he says, so that he “come back and reclaim it for himself.” He really needed to clear out any past “creative coffers” of past projects in order to begin a fresh new sound. Now he returns with his new indie/electronic project, 1st Base Runner.
Originally, Husmann began his interest in music at a young age. “I was in junior high and I really needed an extracurricular activity. I wasn’t able to play sports and I was too self-conscious to go to the swimming pool, so I tried out for the school band. I auditioned for drums and was somehow admitted. I never learned how to read music, so I was always the last chair. I really wanted to call it quits after my first year, but my parents made a bargain with me: ‘Stay in for three years and we will buy you a drum set.’ I completed my three-year term and promptly dropped out of high school band. It was somewhere around this time I began playing in different garage bands and playing shows at small clubs in town,” Husmann explains in an email.
Seven Years of Silence is a testimony to the attention to detail and precise planning. The creative process, Husmann says “is a bit tedious at best.” At times, he was “able to find an idea with a lot of meaning, but it could take a month or two to flesh it out. It may originate on the piano, synths, guitar, or may just be a melody ruminating in my head. The origin and inspiration come from personal life experiences lived.”
His most recent single, “Break Even,” is an ode to the expectations that other people can often place on us throughout life.
“[I think] it was derived from repetitive life experiences. Being present has been a very long journey for me, but I think the more aware I become of myself, the more I become aware of patterns of behavior of those around me,” he explains. “Some thematic elements are longing, sense of purpose/being, and expectations.”
Seven Years of Silence will be released on July 30 and his follow-up EP, Ellis, will be released on September 24. The music video for “Seven Years of Silence” was directed by Matt Mahurin (Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Alice In Chains).
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