We’ve listened to “Gnome Lyfe”. It’s a solid, no-waste 13 track record. The compositions consist of samples, ethereal and pitched vocals, stringed instruments, synthesizer jabs and ambience, tropicalish syncopated percussion, and fat 808 bass hits. The album even has a knockout verse by Myka 9. Slays the track. Timo’s skills provide many resources and those which he chooses are interlaced pretty masterfully. A track with balanced tools doesn’t necessarily mean that it comes across conservatively - there is a lot more Avantgarde, experimental, sweat-room DNA within Gnome’s sound. As many sound sources as he uses, you’ll be blessed by a holistic composition greater than the sum of its parts. no cap
A Los Angeles native, Timo Ceniceros, aka Gnome Beats (@gnomebeats), and his two children currently live in Ventura, California. He studied music formally, focusing on World Music & Composition at the California Institute of the Arts.
Thereafter, he spent quite some time producing musical compositions and beats. Concurrently, Gnome was designing visuals like record covers and concert posters for San Francisco and Los Angeles underground scenes. As the producer & bandleader for United By Sound, he toured with Little Dragon & Mad Professor while receiving media placement in TV and Film, including Fox’s “New Girl” & NBC’s “Smash”. His latest original music project and debut LP, “Gnome Lyfe”, was released on LA-based record label Dome of Doom in 2016. As Gnome Beats, Timo has performed at music festivals including Lightning in a Bottle, Lucidity, and Bamboo Bass Festival in Costa Rica. Additionally, his consultancy, YELLOW ELECTRIC MEDIA, allows him to help others with creative direction and production of media.
What follows is a brief conversation about sounds, life and more:
SNP: First off, thanks for taking your time and dedication to creating art and opening yourself up to an interview.
Please take as much time as you need tell us who you are:
How are you doing? Have you been recording lately?
Damn. You really take your time with creating. We can’t wait for your next release. How did you form an interest in music?
At what age did you want to create your own music?
Who were some of your early influences? Current influences?
How did you gravitate toward your current sound? Is it different than your past work?
What drives your desire to create?
That’s an interesting trait, but I think readers will understand the lifestyle. What inspires your sound?
Do you currently support yourself on artistic talents?
Have you collaborated with other artists? Any plans? Dream collaboration?
So, how do you begin a composition? Describe your approach if you are comfortable doing so.
Do you mind talking gear? If not, you should skip to next question. Otherwise what is the setup you used on Gnome Lyfe? What are you planning for the future?
Speaking of Gnome Lyfe, how did you become “Gnome Beats”?
Yeah, that seems pretty “Texas”. I spent about half of my life there and have witnessed naming sessions. What do you enjoy more: performing for a crowd with homies or working in the studio with homies?
Do you create art on other mediums? If so, does your music drive or inform what you do on the other medium?
What advice do you have for younger artists who want to dedicate their lives?
Where do you see music’s place in the global society?
Do you have any artistic philosophies? If so, please expound…