Tim’s love of shred runs deep. Inspired by such guitar heroes as Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, and Vinnie Moore, Tim made the transition from piano to guitar at 14 years of age. It was a move that was a few years in the making due to saving to buy his first guitar himself. His parents were sure it was just a phase, but he certainly proved their theory false.
Being almost entirely self-taught, Tim started with the typical method books and tab books. He also gleaned valuable information from informal lessons with his high school band teacher. However, being unable to find a teacher to show him the technical aspects that he desired, he began buying books and records to learn from, a number that grew to thousands of albums and hundreds of books.
After graduation, Tim studied at the respected Trebas Institute in Toronto. The education that he received upon completion of their prestigious audio production course opened the right doors to start working, and he often pulled double duty as a session musician and assistant engineer. Tim attributes this experience as a large part of the development of his style. Says Tim, “Working on everything from Ska and Reggae to Metal developed my versatility as an artist. Having to be in top form and shine at the moment when the client was footing the bill whipped my playing into shape!”
Tim is also a gifted teacher who loves to further others’ ambitions. His new website is dedicated to teaching the technical aspects of the guitar with lessons that he wishes had been available when he was learning. You’ll find these lessons written in easily digestible chunks. There are already many challenging lessons with more to test every aspect of your playing being added regularly.
With the release of “Impact,” Tim has realized a huge goal and provided a remarkable statement to the world of shred guitar. Melding classic influences with his unique style, Tim has forged a great album that guitar lovers can listen to over and over and catch something new every time.
Now organizing a tour consisting of both shows and clinics, expect to catch Tim live soon.
Following years of session playing, live performance and teaching, Tim has released a stunning debut that exhibits an exciting playing style and is versatile and accessible to all listeners. From over the top shred licks to “chicken picking” country and blues, Tim has displayed that he does indeed have the chops for a solo outing.
Luminary, Gary Hoey has said, “Tim Holman is a force, mixing bluesy feel with killer shred. The future looks good with players like Tim. Watch out world.”
Being largely an instrumental album, the final draw is the high energy that every track exudes. Beginning with the blistering track “Lift Off,” the album doesn’t let up throughout its nine-song entirety. With the final song, “The Pilgrimage,” culminating in some of the most extreme soloing on the album, it’s a journey that the listener can take more away from with every spin.
Other highlights include the haunting love ballad, “I’ll Still Have the Strength,” the intense and progressive tour de force “Abaddon,” and Tim’s inimitable rockabilly style on “Hillbilly Boogie.”
With industry veterans, Avid Steele on vocals and Phil Robertson on drums, “Impact” is an album that will satisfy the rocker in everyone.
Release Date: March 28th, 2017
- Lift Off – 3:35
- Hillbilly Boogie – 4:42
- Abaddon – 4:37
- Who Let the Satch Out 3:40
- I’ll Still Have the Strength 5:42
- Outside Cat – 3:45
- Impact – 4:02
- The Rising…Dawn of the Apocalypse – 4:19
- The Pilgrimage – 6:39
Produced by Tim Holman
Mixed by Dave Martone at Brainworks, Vancouver BC
Mastered by Jamie Sitar at Outta Town Sound, Winnipeg MB
Engineered by Tim Holman and Kasey Kline at Vibe West Studio, Penticton BC
Additional Engineering by Dave Martone, David Steele and Phil Robertson
Tim Holman – Guitars and Bass
David Steele – Lead and Background Vocals
Phil Robertson – Drums
Strings in “The Pilgrimage” by Black Dog String Quartet