After Finding Success As A Music Producer, Tim Ned Finds His Voice On Upcoming Debut EP
Texas native, Tim Ned is a rapper, singer, songwriter and producer. The multi-talented Ned has been making his name known in music for some time, slowly building an impressive portfolio along the way. Claiming his place in the music industry by working with artists such as R. Kelly, Nipsey Hussle, Snootie Wild & Lil KeKe, Tim Ned was a successful producer long before he decided to take his talents behind the mic. One of his songs, “Automatic” by The Clarke Boys was even placed on the CBS Emmy Award winning series “CSI: Miami”. With all of his success outside of the booth, Tim was still yearning to do more. The producer and songwriter decided to step up to the mic and tell his own story and live out his dream.
He released a single “Black Diamonds” and followed that with his debut mixtape, My Canvas. The project spawned several singles and Tim found his true calling. Signed to L.O.U.D. Musik, Tim Ned and CEO Derrick McKinney began work on his upcoming self-titled EP.
Tim Ned sat down with Parlé Magazine to discuss his upcoming project, set to be released on October 20th. He also talks recent career accomplishments and future endeavors in our interview with the rising star.
Parlé Mag: You have a lot going on right now so I want to get right into it. What made you want to add the artist to your resume and do more than your usual role as a producer?
Tim Ned: It was kind of funny how it happened. I don’t know if you would call it fate or not, but as a producer, I was doing a ton of demo records for different artists. Each time I would have a session with an artist, they would ask me why I wasn’t keeping the record for myself because it sounded so good. Hearing that motivated me to tell my story and helped me realize that I have a story to tell. The fact that I want to inspire people is also what kind of pushed me to be that artist. I’m truly enjoying it. I love production. I love inspiring people with my songs, story and testimony. I just enjoy it.
Parlé Mag: How did one of your productions make it to being used on a major television network show like “CSI: MIAMI”?
Tim Ned: That was a production that I did for a group that I worked with at the time. That was actually my first placement on a major show and network. It was a very exciting time for me. Any steps that I make towards forwarding my career, whether it is small or big, I’m thankful. I’m just excited about any and everything. That was a very overwhelming experience.
Parlé Mag: Can you recall the steps that led up to you getting that particular placement?
Tim Ned: The group who sang the song were called The Clark Boys. Their manager is who got the placement for the song. I knew that he had been playing the song for different television shows and companies. One of them happened to like it. He called me and asked if I was cool with the song being used and of course I said yes! There was no way I could say no to that. I mean it was CSI you know.
Parlé Mag: Congratulations on your opportunity to open for R&B singer, Monica at the recent Black Heritage Music Festival. What was overall feeling when you were chosen to do that?
Tim Ned: Thank you. I did not actually meet her but opening up for her was a surreal moment because she is someone I grew up listening to. It felt like an out of body experience. I got the chance to perform my records in front of people and they loved it. It was the ultimate feeling. I couldn’t believe that I was actually there.
Parlé Mag: Your upcoming EP, did you do any producing on it or did you focus solely on being the artist?
Tim Ned: I actually did all of the production on my EP. The EP is coming out October 20th. I have a few featured artists on there such as Streem, Chigo, Fat Pimp, MC Ticket & Cameron Wallace.
Parlé Mag: What made you wait so long to do a solo project?
Tim Ned: Honestly it was me. I’ve been told I’m a perfectionist, but everything just has to be right for me to give it to the people. I want to make sure that the connection is right within the music so that it can connect to the people the way I want it to. I am still developing as an artist as well. I want to make sure I’m saying the right thing and have the right rhythm of the record and have the layers just be perfect.
Parlé Mag: Talking about inspiring and reaching your audience, can you tell us about your track “Black Diamond”? What made you come up with that concept and the idea to consider yourself a black diamond?
Tim Ned: I’m slow learning that in this industry, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to tell you no or I don’t like that or that’s not going to work. At the end of the day, they try to put you into a black hole or a corner by saying you can’t do something. I look at it as I’m a diamond anyway. I’m going to shine regardless of much you try to cover me up or put me in a hole. It is a song basically about surpassing all the people who said no and all of the haters. You have to have the mindset of, I’m just going to get you out the way. I have tunnel vision to make sure I shine no matter what.
Parlé Mag: How did you come up with the name for your company, L.O.U.D MUSIK?
Tim Ned: Before the label and me being the debut artist of company, Derrick McKinney, the CEO of L.O.U.D Musik and I were in the studio going over tracks and Derrick asked me what I was doing with all these tracks. I had so many good tracks and I was working with other artists instead of using them to tell my own story. Derrick was pushing me to tell my story. I’ve always been a big advocate for someone pursing and living out their dreams. I mean we all only have one life to live. In that moment I decided to live out my dream and that is how Living Out Ur Dream was created.
Parlé Mag: What is the next step in your career?
Tim Ned: The first and biggest step is releasing my self-titled EP. So October 20th is my main focus right now. I want to get people to know who I am. I’m just reaching out to people through my music so they know my testimony. I have a couple of performance dates coming up here in Houston. We are discussing a tour. It’s called the Microsoft Tour. I performed at the Windows store in the Galleria mall here in Houston and it was a huge success, so we are talking about doing a nationwide tour. I produced a song for Snootie Wild on his project. I’m also working with a couple of local Houston artists and I have a couple of placements that I working on. I’m honestly just working. If there are any artists who read this article and are interested in collaborating, they can definitely reach out to me on social media or by going to loudmusik.com. My music is available on Apple Music, Tidal and all other music outlets.