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The Love Supreme: An Uncommon Vocal Talent

If Robert Johnson really got his guitar from the devil at the crossroads, Tim probably sold his soul to Satan at some bodega in Brooklyn in exchange for his voice.

Story by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Icarus Blake Video by Raoul Beltrame

Decisions by Tim Pioppo from Citizen Brooklyn on Vimeo.

In a musical environment saturated in auto tuned vocals and electronic production, guys like Tim are a rare breed. Let’s put it this way, if Robert Johnson really got his guitar from the devil at the crossroads, Tim probably sold his soul to Satan at some bodega in Brooklyn in exchange for his voice. This wolf can howl, and I mean bone shaking, heart exploding, goosebumps shit. You get the feeling the walls are gonna come down if those pipes get any louder. I know it’s partially his taste, but I believe his talent too harkens back to an era of music when quality was the primary force by which musicians became successful. So put on your best loud shirt and novelty hat and enjoy the show. Your ears will be forever grateful.

Tim: Hi, I’m Tim Pioppo, P-I-O-P-P-O.

CBK: We were talking earlier about a lot of the bands you’re in. How many bands are you actually in?
Tim: I’m in three right now. One of them is called Poodles, and we are like straight up fifties-sixties surf; like a garage type of element. A lot of instrumental stuff mostly just to have fun. I’m in a band called Backwords, with an “o”, and it’s kind of like psych-pop sixties-seventies with like some nineties sounds on it. And my newest project is called The Love Supreme. It’s a twelve piece soul group, that I sing in, and that is what I’m working on right now.

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake

CBK: Do you think that between these projects there’s a through line or is it about the variety for you?
Tim: I keep writing all these songs and they don’t fit a certain band’s type and I have other songs that don’t fit any other types either. So, I do like that, but the common, there is a common thread and that’s just, I guess, that I’m a bit more into like the like fifties, sixties and seventies sounds and like trying to do something a little bit different with it that, and add some more modern spins to it, but yeah, I’m just more into like live recording and having big groups of people instead of a lot of multi-tracking, and I love, I love horns and all those types of instruments and I’m less into using electronic components, at least at this point, because yeah, I really, really like to just get the take as live as possible cause I think that’s when you would get the really good stuff. Especially when you, if you’re lucky enough, you’re playing with a large band, and you can go into the studio, and just like *snap, snap, snap* bang it out like that. And it always just feels better for me on the take cause I hate recording. I always think it sounds like crap, no matter what, but I get closer when I play it live.

CBK: And the song we heard today is from?
Tim: It’s still a little bit of a work-in-progress, but that’s going to be for The Love Supreme and that’s going to be on a seven inch that we are working on right now. That will hopefully be out by the end of the summer. And that will be the first side of it

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Teo: Do you have any shows coming up that anyone should know about? Any interesting things, interesting happenings?
Tim: Well, The Love Supreme, keep an eye out for that cause I think the next thing we are going to do it is probably going to be our seven inch show, but that’s not on the books yet. Backwords is playing at Glasslands at the end of the month on the twenty-ninth. And I’m playing with Poodles this Saturday. I don’t remember what day it is at Duck Duck, it’s a little luau Hawaii jams show. That’s what I got going on.

CBK: Where do you find your bands fit in with musical fabric of Bushwick and Brooklyn in general? How do you guys fit into the music scene?
Tim: I don’t know if it does. You know, I started a band when we were doing Guyanna Ross and it just turned into a project that went beyond that and all the people in the band are people that I’ve met playing in other bands and doing shows and doing sound and putting on my own shows. So every single person in that band is someone that’s in the Bushwick area, except for like one or two of them that I met in different way then shows. So that’s how I feel like it’s a common link there, its just like huge grouping of different musicians from all these different bands, which is awesome, but stylistically, I think like, that’s kind of what I like about it. I don’t normally know any other bands in that scene that are doing that specifically. And Poodle, that same thing, I guess that, is kind of why I start those, types of bands cause I haven’t been hearing it and that’s is something I was interested in doing. And I try to write classically or retro or whatever like that, but I’m too stupid to do it so it ends up turning into a whole other thing, so I think I’m getting something that sounds a little different, but I don’t know. I’ll let everyone else judge that for themselves.

Photo ©Icarus Blake

Photo ©Icarus Blake

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