UK based producer Tim Worthington AKA Maths Time Joy is producing a different dimension of electronic and experimental music. His dreamy ambient work is being compared to the likes of James Blake and Two Inch Punch. His remix of Karma Kid’s ‘In My Arms’ reached #1 on LFTF’s Top Downloads of April, which didn’t come to a surprise to me as every track Tim produces is always bewitching.
I got the chance to ask the producer a few questions…
Hey Maths Time Joy, please can you start by telling us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been producing?
I’ve been in bands and things since I was at school but I don’t come from a musical family at all really. I got a copy of fruity loops when I was like 17 or so, and started out making hip hop. It was only at Uni that I really started producing seriously though, within the past 3 or so years.
Talk us through how you found your sound.
In terms of the MTJ sound I think with my 2nd EP Hideaway I was much more at a place near finding my own sound, but saying I’ve found it sounds like I’ve arrived somewhere. I’m always getting inspired from different places so I’d like to think it’ll always be developing. With the first EP Lightyears I was trying out a few different things, although it still had an overall theme I’d say it was less cohesive than my latest EP. I think someone’s sound comes more really from his or her approach to music, especially as a producer.
What is your production set up like at the moment?
All of my own stuff I just produce in my bedroom, some m-audio speakers, keyboard and Logic. Most of my music I make on headphones, it definitely helps me get more immersed in the music.
Who are you currently listening to and getting influences from?
I mainly listen to hip-hop in my spare time, I think because I’m almost always making electronic music I feel like I need a break from those kinds of sounds – Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Chuuwee, I like Wiki from Ratking too. In terms of other stuff, a couple of tracks off the Jai Paul release I have on a lot, although the quality is terrible.
How did your remix of Karma Kid’s ‘In My Arms’ come about?
His manager just emailed me asking if I was up for it.
Your ‘Hideaway’ EP was released on LFTF’s label, how did you get involved with them?
Similar story really, they just got in touch just via email. I’d been following their blog for a while though so it was cool to be asked by a well respected music outlet like LFTF. It’s still one of my favourite music blogs, clean look and always quality over quantity.
Do you have a favourite track on the EP and why?
Let Go is probably my favourite off that EP, just because it was the one where I think I really captured what I want my sound to be. The track hideaway had been around for a while already, I was gonna just put it out as a single but then those guys approached me so I made it an EP.
How much DJing have you done? What kind of stuff do you play?
I’ve only just started DJing out really, got a few shows I’m sorting out at the moment. I play a mix of my own tracks and tracks I’m into really, definitely more of a club vibe than some of my stuff, there’s only a few of my tracks that I’d DJ out.
Finally, what can we hope to see from Maths Time Joy over the next year or so?
Lot’s hopefully, I wanna move more into producing for other people and collaborating on my own tracks. I’ve got a couple more remixes coming, a new single for Py that I produced called ‘Polyethers’, and some other production stuff too that’s too early to talk about really, but should be exciting. I’m working on a new single too right now, which I’d like to put out on a label.