Tim Fagan | Out of the Dark

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Out of the Dark

by Tim Fagan

"Tim Fagan is a winner." - John Mayer (Esquire magazine, January 2006)
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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2. Happy
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5. Since Saturday
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He’s been featured on MTV’s Real World, CBS’s Joan of Arcadia, and John Mayer’s iPod. He’s booked himself over 80 gigs in a year since moving to LA. And he’s just put the finishing touches on a stunning new EP called Out of The Dark. Departing from the layered acoustic sound of 2004’s Whirlpool, Out of The Dark works electric guitar and backbeat into a high-energy showcase of Fagan’s focused, melody-driven brand of pop. “Basically, the acoustic guitar is sitting this round out. I’ve also added a couple doses of piano, tried to push bigger feelings into simpler lyrics, and given it more groove. We’ve streamlined.” The infectious beats came courtesy of veteran session ace Voyce McGinley, with mixing duties in the hands of acclaimed rock expert Brett Chassen.

One of the most anticipated new Fagan tracks is "Deeper," co-written with none other than John Mayer. Fagan earned the artist's cooperation by winning Mayer's Esquire magazine songwriting contest. (For the full story, click here.) After twice blowing off the unfamiliar 212 area code that appeared on his cell phone, Fagan finally picked up to find Mayer on the other end of the line, singing the winning song in his ear. In addition to the co-writing gig, Fagan received a custom Fender Stratocaster, and is featured an article about the whole episode in the January 2006 issue of Esquire.

With his effortless, crisp guitar and gravelly croon, the comparison to Mayer comes easily. Yet Fagan's musical influences extend all over the place - he cites Van Morrison, Chris Whitley, Jeff Buckley, and Stevie Ray Vaughan as just a few. His eclectic taste developed early. "Beginning when I was about 7, my brother and Dad and I had a Sunday ritual we called 'taping out.' I'd grab everything I could from their music collections. The mixes I made usually had the latest songs from Paul Simon, Dire Straits, Bruce Hornsby and Clapton. But I had one strict rule: side B always started with 'Born To Be Wild'. That was my theme song. I also drank way too much fruit punch back then and had really, really white hair."

Ever since, Tim Fagan has been trusting his musical instincts. And the world has begun to take notice. Just a year after its release, Fagan's first album, the self-produced Whirlpool, has received 4 stars from the All-Music Guide, independently sold over a thousand copies, and had cuts picked up by MTV and CBS. The breezy title track hit #1 on the GarageBand.com chart, and is featured on a compilation produced by Internet station mvyradio.com, which is getting distributed to 10,000 listeners nationwide at independent music stores. 2006 promises to be even bigger, between the Mayer contest win, the release of Out of the Dark, and continued gigs in LA and beyond. "It's been a busy month, and there's a lot of fun work to do now. I just hope I packed enough clean socks. And I hope you did, too."



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Abbey Bertolone

Catchy new songs, however, hard to stand up to Whirlpool
The sophomore effort is commendable, and fans would have loved to hear an lp vice ep. At the end of the day, if we could combine the two, it would have made the perfect mass-release album.