Timothy Bailey Jr. is a soft spoken individual that thinks a lot and speaks little. He lets his musicianship speak for him. When Timothy does speak it’s worth paying attention. As a renowned bassist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Timothy has traveled the world while working with a who’s who of people. From the likes of Ariana Grande (Bassist on World Tour) and Josh Vietti (Producer of Play To Win). Through it all Timothy is still the same “humble Christian family man” that grew up banging on pots and pans as a kid.
For Timothy it has never been about fame and status, but simply a way to express himself. He stated, “As a child, I drew, painted, made sculptures, wrote plays, and recently I’ve taken an interest in cooking.” He has always been intrigued by noises and rhythms whether it was watching his dad play the piano and wanting to accompany him to putting together his own little drum set (i.e. pots, pans, buckets with wooden spoons and things of that nature). Being able to manipulate sounds and space to make them into a piece of art gives him an indescribable joy. Even when he’s on the road, Timothy keeps a computer and keyboard nearby so that he can always be connected to his creative side. Though he has found great success in his profession, Timothy never really considered being a professional musician as a career growing up. He discussed that, “I didn’t know anyone who did music full-time, so it seemed like an unrealistic dream to be a musician for a living. Especially considering all the musicians, I knew personally played at church on Sundays and went to work during the weekdays.” Being able to follow his passion has provided many unexpected opportunities while putting much into perspective.
Traveling has allowed Timothy to be able to see God’s artistry all over the world which he describes as, “A blessing beyond anything I could have asked for or imagined.” He has been able to connect with other musicians whose names he grew up reading in album and CD credits. Their input and sharing of insight has made Timothy a more well-rounded musician. He thinks differently while being more attentive to the musical conversations that happen on stage. Working with acclaimed people has brought upon valuable teachings from patience to an understanding that, “At the end of the day, we’re all human. We breath the same air, we put on our pants the same way, we generally just want to be loved and accepted by our peers, and we work hard to provide for the ones that we love.” Lots of people crave fame and stardom, but few people really understand the kind of pressure that is attached to that calling. Especially when your life is under a constant microscope, including those closely associated with you. Timothy’s success is not without its challenges; whether it’s being away from his wife and daughter for long periods of time to being creativity limited in his job at times. As a musician, his job is most often to play a bass-line that’s either already been written, or already been played by someone else.
Timothy cherishes the moments when he is able to let out his creativity especially when it comes to working with his production team, The Beat Traffickers. Timothy and his partner D. Baker have been producing together for almost 15 years. Most recently they have placed music with Elijah Blake, worked on some music scores with director Rock Jacobs, and are always submitting music to artists, television shows and movies. Being that following his passion has always played a pivotal role in his life, Timothy has sound advice for those looking to do the same. Timothy declared, “There will be a lot of challenges placed in front of you. But you will always feel that tug to create, to write, to play, and it will always pull you back. You have to stick to it. There’s nothing wrong with finding a way to fund your dream or to make sure your bills are paid while you work toward your dream, but the goal is to never give up.”
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