We always like to ask artists on 60 Questions how they come up with the names/lyrics for their songs. Typically, they draw inspiration from a relationship or something in their lives that really impressed them. When we asked Tim how he came up with his killer track Runway, he told us it was because at the time he wrote the song, he was obsessed with aircraft crash investigation tv shows. Not to spoil the rest of the interview, but his answers are hilarious- and exactly why we love doing 60 Questions. Please welcome Tim, also known as Hight!
Tim! Thanks so much for chatting with us today.
Tim: Of course, glad we could make it happen!
Where are you currently?
Tim: At home, actually. It’s quite sunny, and a bit windy. But nice.
Right on. Where is home?
Tim: St Albans- you probably have no idea where that is. It’s a suburb a bit north of London. It’s one of the three original Roman cities in England, so we have a lot of old Roman architecture that’s like 2,000 years old.
Can you tell us a little about your recording trip to Ireland last week?
Tim: I was producing a record for Irish singer Tom Walker- he’s a friend of mine. We’ve been working on a couple of projects with acoustic guitars recently which I’m excited about. He’s signed to Epic Records and currently touring in the states, but we still managed to find some time work together. I also got together with Thai Mason- he’s an English rapper who I think will be going places soon. Oh and I enjoyed spending some time at the local Irish pubs as well.
So how did you come up with the name Hight?
Tim: I was looking for names for ages, and I came up with a massive list that all sounded good but nothing was sticking. So I had a friend come up with my logo first- which is the one I use now, then she thought of Hight as my artist name. Basically I’m a tall dude, so height- then since my actual name is Tim, we shortened it to Hight. Plus there’s this English thing called High Tea, which I think also factored into it.
We like it! What is your favorite memory from your childhood?
Tim: Hmmm… I actually remember the day I successfully rode a bike. My Dad took the stabilizers off and started chasing me around the garden, that is a pretty great memory for me.
What’s the best piece of advice your mom has given you?
Tim: She’ll probably kill me for saying this, but she hasn’t really given me a ton of advice. She’s been super supportive and amazing in other ways, but yeah no big words of advice come to mind.
What’s the best piece of advice your dad has given you?
Tim: He’s the sort of person who follows his heart, and I think he’s passed that down to me as well. We share a lot of the same taste in music so I may have gotten that from him too.
Runway is such a jam. What was your inspiration for it?
Tim: This is a funny one- so I got really into those aircraft crash investigation programs on National Geographic, like obsessed with how everything works and the mechanics. I wasn’t really the best flyer growing up- I’d usually get nervous before flights about the plane not making it. So I had this idea about someone really wanting to see someone but having their flight crash- which became a metaphor for not getting to the destination both sides had hoped for in a relationship. I took it to the singer for the track, Alex, and he loved it. Originally I wrote it as a ballad on a piano, and didn’t sound at all like how it sounds now. But the track evolved into what it is now and we both really like it.
What’s one thing you have to have with you on set?
Tim: I have to have at least one beer. I want to feel like I’m partying like how it was back when I used to play at house parties. Although a lot of other things make their way on stage, like at my last show someone brought a candle out for me which was really weird.
Haha sounds spiritual. What was your first job?
Tim: I’ve been quite lucky and have pretty much always done music as a job, but I did do two days at a DVD fitness shoot thing a ways back. I had to scrub floors and haul lights up stairs for 14 hours which was brutal. Wasn’t much fun, I’m thinking I’ll stick with music haha.
Makes sense. Who was your favorite musician growing up?
Tim: Weirdly the woman who really helped me get my first job in music, Judie Tzuke. She was signed to Elton John’s label in the 70s and I sampled one of her records in a remix when I was 13 and sent it to her, and she reached out and we began working together until I was like 19. She really helped me get my start in music.
Song that gets you turnt in the club?
Tim: I feel like when songs come on that I’m really into, it’s just me and no one else haha. Like I’ll hear some chords I really like, or a bassline that’s awesome. But there’s this club in London I love going to that plays mid 2000s jams, like Gwen Stephani or Pharrell, so I’d have to go with something from that time period.
What’s the best show on Netflix right now?
Tim: I’m super into political things, and I just finished the English version of House of Cards- which was good, but not as good as the American version.
Favorite memory since you started performing?
Tim: I had a really memorable gig in Cologne Germany last September where everyone was absolutely wild. It was so much fun, I have a video from it that I’ve re-watched several times just to remind myself how lucky I was to be there. If you talk to people who have toured in Germany, they always say Cologne is mental- and they’re totally right.
That’s awesome. Ok, the next 5 questions are game we call Hot and Cool. Basically, you have to decide whether you would date this person who’s super hot and super cool, but they have a weird condition.
Tim: Let’s do it.
Ok, so hot and cool, but they introduce themselves as “Count _____”
Tim: Haha I’m trying to think if that would get annoying after a while. I could probably live with that.
Hot and cool, but they have a pet rhinoceros they bring with them everywhere.
Tim: Hmmm… that would be a nightmare going through doors. Let’s go with no.
Hot and cool, but they can only go outside when it’s raining.
Tim: Well in England that would be pretty easy, so yeah I’m down.
Hot and cool, but have to wear a Snuggie in public.
Tim: What’s a Snuggie, is that an American thing? Oh those wearable blankets. I could live with that.
Haha sadly I think that is an American thing. Ok last one- hot and cool, but on the weekends they can only speak Spanish.
Tim: I speak German but that would be no good, so let’s go with no.
Good to know. Back to normal questions. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Tim: I love islands, so someplace like Bora Bora would be cool.
Can you remember what your first date was?
Tim: No? It probably involved a lot of drinking though haha.
What’s your favorite fast food?
Tim: I’m super into Mexican food- there isn’t much in England, but I love it.
What’s a show you have coming up soon you’re super stoked about?
Tim: I’m literally so busy writing at the moment that I haven’t got anything booked! That will change soon though, I’d love get back on the road.
What’s your go to drink?
Tim: At the moment its Tropicana Orange Juice. I know it’s bad for you, but it’s delicious.
Not that bad for you! What’s your favorite dessert?
Tim: Anything with chocolate. I’m quite bad with that, I’ve got a real sweet tooth.
Same. What do you do to relax?
Tim: I’m not the best at relaxing, but probably going for a run. Actually, at the moment I’ve been watching old re-runs of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which has been nice.
What sport do like playing the most?
Tim: I prefer to go to the gym or running outside honestly. Not huge into sports.
Can you cook? If so, what can you make best?
Tim: I can! Being vegetarian, I’ve taught myself how to cook a lot of vegetarian dishes. I can cook a mean veggie chili. It takes a couple hours to make, but I get super into picking out the best produce and really get into it.
What’s your favorite weather?
Tim: Fall weather. When it’s crisp, you know?
What is something you thought you’d grow out of but haven’t?
Tim: I still get really excited, and I think I act like a child sometimes when I get new music equipment and what not. My friends and I will geek out and get really silly, which I think I’m getting too old for now. But we can’t help it!
What kind of people do you like to surround yourself with?
Tim: People who aren’t too serious. I can’t stand formal parties, I like to be with people I can relax around and be silly with.
Ok, this section is called this or that. We’re going to ask you which of two things you like more:
Tim: Great let’s go.
Ray-Bans or Oakley’s?
Skateboard or rollerblades?
City or countryside?
Coffee or tea?
Pepsi or Coke?
Palm tree or pine tree?
Tim: Pine tree.
Penthouse or mansion?
Sandals or shoes?
Mac or PC?
French toast or pancakes?
Tim: French toast.
Wash the dishes or take out the trash?
Tim: Take out the trash.
Awesome, back to normal questions. Who do you look up to the most in the music industry?
Tim: A few people. Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Pharrell- artists who are multi-instrumentalists and do lots of different stuff.
If you could time travel to any time in history, when would you travel to?
Tim: The time in which Steely Dan was making their records. They had a massive budget, and they got tons of musicians together and just made music. They could do whatever they wanted! I have this romantic idea of making music back then. Oh also another good time would be when the Beach Boys were making music.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be?
Tim: I think I’d be good at advertising- coming up with slogans and catch phrases. But I also kind of hate the idea of it haha.
What’s your morning routine like?
Tim: Get up, straight to the shower- I cannot stand people who eat breakfast or start their day before getting in the shower. I just don’t understand that. But after the shower I eat breakfast, watch something on YouTube or listen to a German podcast to keep that fresh, then get on with my music.
Do you write the lyrics for your songs?
Tim: I always have an input with that, yeah. But’s it’s usually a collaboration.
Favorite chick flick?
Tim: I remember once watching He’s Just Not That Into You? I quite enjoyed that.
What are you super interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
Tim: Like a cult or something? Haha I mean I’m really into learning my German right now. Most people have heard of it but not many are interested in it. Does that count?
Totally! What are 3 things that on your bucket list?
Tim: I’d like to visit Asia at some point and play there, win a Grammy, and work with someone ridiculously famous- like Pharrell.
What do you say more often in life: yes or no? And why?
Tim: I have to go with no, because I have to make a lot of decisions every day. If I said yes to all of them I would get nowhere. I’m quite picky about stuff too.
What’s the best thing you got from your parents?
Tim: They’ve given me so much, but I think them giving me my first drum kit was huge. I immediately destroyed it, but it got me hooked on music and really ignited my passion.
Is there anything you regret not doing?
Tim: Doing more sports, like I would love to know how to ski. I can still learn that obviously, but things like that are so much easier to pick up when you’re younger.
When do you feel the most confident?
Tim: When I’m around people I love. It sounds a bit soppy, but it’s true.
What’s your favorite saying?
Tim: I have many- my friends who write with me would roll their eyes. I currently do this thing where I use random emojis in my texts and posts. Like in my post on Instagram this morning I captioned it with the golfer emoji, which definitely makes no sense with the picture. It’s my weird humor I guess.
Funny you mentioned emojis. What’s your favorite emoji?
Tim: At the moment it’s the face palm guy, I feel like I use him a lot.
When do you sleep the best at night?
Tim: Probably when I’ve got loads and loads of work, and really get the most out of a day. Running also really helps.
What’s your favorite song to sing in the shower?
Tim: I actually don’t sing in the shower! I spend enough time doing it during the day that I don’t want to sing in the shower.
What scares you the most?
Tim: I’m really afraid of tornadoes randomly, but I’ve never actually seen one in real life. I think that if I saw one it would help me face that fear and get over it.
What angers you the most?
Tim: Either bad driving- people who are really slow or people that don’t indicate, or computers being slow. My Mac also really pisses me off sometimes, like crashing when I’m working. It's done that a lot today.
That annoys me too. Ok, last one. What makes you laugh the most?
Tim: Really stupid stuff. My friend found this YouTube playlist late at night when we were coming back from a gig and it was full of 10 second random videos. Remember, I think random stuff is hilarious, so yeah, I love it when my friends come to me with things like that.
This interview has been edited and condensed.