Diego based guitarist Tim Coffman launched his 2012 album Island
Breezes in May 2012. A tasty follow up to The Longboard
Collection, the 10 track Island Breezes CD is the second
release in Tims ongoing Cruisin Pacific Coast Highways:
Instrumental Soundtracks music series. Inspired by
the beauty of Californias legendary Pacific Coast Highways,
Coffmans music evokes the classic 60s instrumental surf-rock
sounds of The Ventures and The Sandals and, in a less direct way,
late, great exotica musicians including Les Baxter and Martin Dennytwo
key American musicians responsible for introducing mainlanders to
the sights and sounds of Hawaiian music. One of the most underrated
American guitarists recording in 2012, Tim Coffman gets some amazing
tones from his vast array of electric guitars. The full bodied tone
of Low Tide is brilliant, while helping Tim out on some
tracks with his lush steel guitar sounds is Greg Sardinha.
As he admitted in various interviews, Coffman experiments quite a
bit with his guitar sounds to get just that perfect West Coast instro
guitar sound, yet when he hits that perfect note, hes just as
effective as West Coast guitar giants like Bob Bogle and John Blakeley.
On the 2012 CD release of The Island Breezes Collection, Tim
Coffman combines a multitude of guitar tones and sounds and the result
is another note perfect album of instrumental guitar excellence. www.RolltopMusic.com
presents an interview with
Following up The Longboard Collection, you released Island
Breezes on CD in mid 2012. Both are part of the Cruisin
Pacific Coast Highway series yet Island Breezes is very
influenced by Hawaii so how would you compare the two albums?
TC: They are two unique collections of music that share the common
theme of the beach and the surfing experience. If you surf or love
the ocean you could be happy at a beach in California or Hawaii. It's
the same ocean washing up on different strips of sand.
mwe3: When did you first become interested in Hawaiian music and who
were some of your big Hawaiian music influences?
TC: I first became interested in Hawaiian music on a trip to the island
of Kauai back in the 90s. My biggest mentors have been Gordon
Freitas and Greg Sardinha, both are Hawaiian musicians that carry
on the flame of Island music. More on these guys later.
mwe3: What guitars are you using on the new Island Breezes
TC: Taylor and Guild acoustics. Tangi Ukulele. Danelectric Baritone,
Gibson 125, Gretsch Duo-Jet, Fender Strat, Ventura big body, Fender
tele and others.
mwe3: Who plays with you on the Island Breezes CD and who else
was instrumental in the making of the album?
TC: My friend Anthony Da Luz was a big help along with Greg Sardinha
and Gordon Freitas. I wrote the songs, engineered the project and
play some of the instruments on all the tracks.
mwe3: Can you say something about Big Island Rodeo, which
is the lead off track on the new Island Breezes album? It almost
sounds like a vintage Les Paul track.
TC: That's the first time anyone has made that comparison. We are
using two Gretsch guitars and maybe that is the familiar early 50s
sound that you are hearing. This song gets used a lot for Hulas and
is my favorite song on the CD.
mwe3: Waikiki Two Step is a great track. How many guitars
are on that and is there story behind that track?
TC: This is a interesting story. For many years there was a big cattle
business on the Islands. The Hawaiian cowboys known as the Paniolos
brought their cowboy lifestyle into Island music and you can hear
that influence in some traditional Hawaiian music. There is still
an interest in cowboy and country music on the Islands. The title
is meant to put the song in a more modern context. We used Strats
and Teles. Greg Sardinha plays Hawaiian steel on this track.
mwe3: Sunset At Waikiki is brilliant. Who plays with you
on that track and what influenced the writing and recording of that
TC: I have spent a lot of evenings on Waikiki Beach watching the sunset.
This music is what I hear when I watch that sunset. Anthony Da Luz
and Greg Sardinha are in the mix with me.
mwe3: What is planned next for you and your Rolltop label as far as
new CDs and upcoming productions?
am just finishing up a "Bond" project, called Fast Cars
And Spies. It is the next collection of songs in the Cruisin'
Pacific Coast Highways series. The songs are really cool and
uptempo. I am really excited about this CD. I am always writing and
recording original soundtracks for film and video. Other projects
are coming, which we will talk about soon.
Thanks to Tim Coffman @ www.RolltopMusic.com