Tim Koh is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer and visual artist, most notably
playing and musicianship has been recognised by many as being an influence. Born and
raised in Los Angeles, his early years as a teen were rooted in punk and noise music. Koh’s
penchant for underground culture, disillusioned with mainstream music and art eventually led
him to study at the California Institute Of The Arts, in hopes to escape the banal, normative
life he thought was destined for him. His idea of being an artist at that time was to be a
“failure”, to be disparate from the world around him. There he came across more avant grade
composers like John Cage, Steve Reich, Pierre Henry to name a few. “I remember combing
the records in the library looking for “weird” electronic records and finding David Behrman’s
Leapday Night. That record really spoke to me for some reason, Stockhausen’s Kontakte also”.
Also influenced by bands like Can, Faust, The Shaggs, Lee Scratch Perry and also japanese
noise stuff like Merzbow and Masonna that shaped Koh’s musical palette. “My time there
and the people i met (Ariel Pink, artist Mike Kelley, Mayo Thompson, Eddie Ruscha etc)
played a big influence on who i am today.”
For almost two decades, Tim has also performed and collaborated with many different
types of artists and musicians such as Gang Gang Dance, Connan Mockasin, Hieroglyphic
Being, White Magic, Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen, Animal Collective, R. Stevie Moore,
Prince Rama, Eddie Ruscha V, Kirin J Callinan, DJ Harvey, No Age, John Wiese, Thurston
Moore… the list goes on.
World-weary of the LA scene, Tim has made a new home in Amsterdam, NL where
he currently lives and works. Koh’s new solo endeavour showcases his unique talent as a
musician and songwriter, his broad range of juxtaposed styles create a distinctive sound thats
his own. Anchoring his penchant for absurdist pop with more traditional influences from
music and literature; spinning out hazy tunes that obscure the line between autobiographical
narratives and beautiful, batshit crazy fiction.
Koh hosts a permanent radio show on London’s NTS Radio called Kokonut Trip,
works with Amsterdam based store, Red Light Records and has recently launched a new label
called Congee Disc, focusing more on his interests in house/techno.