Tim Barr is an independent musician from New York City.
Early highlights of Tim’s career include playing bass for Lana Del Rey during the Lizzy Grant era and fronting the late 2000s band Recluse.Tim formed the band Silverbird in 2013.Around this time, he had an opportunity to study with Mike Longo, who was the pianist for the late great Dizzy Gillespie.It was Mike Longo that helped shape Tim’s musical philosophy and infuse an element of jazz into his writing style.
In the summer of 2013, Tim met and formed a lasting musical partnership with UK-based producer Kristofer Harris, singer for Story Books and whose work also includes stints with Smoke Fairies and Belleand Sebastian.Harris produced and recorded both of Silverbird’s releases-2014’s Surface Life, and 2015’s Pureland.In 2015, Tim lived at the Fire Lotus Temple in Brooklyn. While practicing Zen he recorded the Monastery Demos, a collection of acoustic songs, which would later become the album Pureland. The debut single and video off of Pureland, Running, premiered in Noisey in 2015 and provided material for three consecutive years of CMJ concerts, two tours, and several placements, the most notable being “Hollow Heart,” which was featured in two separate episodes of ShoTime’s hit series Shameless.
In time,music videos were released for the Silverbird songs Sky, Smile, Hollow Heart, and Mountain,which have garnered almost a million views.Interviews and reviews have been featured in USA Today, CMJ, The Aquarian Weekly, Nylon, Line of Best Fit, Noisey and numerous other blogs from America,Europe, and Japan.
Tim’s newest track and first release as a solo artist was self-produced and recorded in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn with engineer Alan Labiner and will be released on May 2, 2019.This track, entitled First Kiss,is about secrets and the brutality of love. It is that first moment where a dysfunctional relationship begins and all else fails.The music video was directed by legendary director,Michael Maxxis (Elle King, Kurtvile, City and Colour and others),in the swamps of Staten Island and features NYC nightlife queen Sophia Lamar.
When not playing music, Tim is one of New York’s Bravest, working as a NYC firefighter.