Composer. Producer. Instrumentalist. Beat-maker. Maestro. Tim Rideout is the heavy musical artillery behind some of the top French Canadian media productions of the past 20 years.
How did a fish-shovelling, rock-drumming band geek from the back woods of New Brunswick become a prolific media composer and independent music production powerhouse in Quebec?
“I’m not just a beat-maker, I’m a player. I’ve always played music live, which really develops your listening skills for working with different types of creative situations.
“But more than a listener, I’m a people pleaser. The creative language is important, and I seem to have a knack for decoding that enough to give people what they want, and help figure out what they didn’t even know they wanted.”
Never mind his Hollywood orchestration chops, background in jazz drums and classical piano – Tim also writes pop hits, produces EDM and plays a mean Irish bodhrán at the pub.
“It’s not that big of a deal, really. Being an unfocused musical chameleon for so many years does afford you certain advantages and creative liberties. But they all revolve around one thing: a passion for music, and people that create.”
His specialty in storytelling for episodic form, use of sub textually-driven score and deep knowledge of modern production has made him a remarkable creative partner, able to bring to life the vision of producers, directors and artists worldwide.