When the whole internet thing came along, I wasn't too crazy about using my real name. What was this information being used for and for how long? So, I started using Lord Cheddar Pepper as my alternate identity. Using someone else's name, like John Smith, seemed deceiving and ones with a combination of both letters, numbers and symbols...too complicated. I should also mention that my real name (Tim Hill) is extremely common. I can't count how many times people have gotten me confused with some other Tim Hill. I have had cops show up at my house saying that I was involved in a hit and run. I have been accused of trafficking drugs in cars I've never driven. Having such a common name has been a real big mess for me at times. My moniker, Lord Cheddar Pepper, usually gets a good chuckle...and I am okay with that.
I have been playing music my entire life. Music is a critical part of my existence. I like to think that I am one of the most diverse music lovers you will ever see. I hear people sometimes say, "I like Rock but I don't like Country" or "I love Pop but hate Rap". And that's perfectly fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But for me, it is the same thing if you heard someone talking about movies and them saying "I like watching Drama's but hate watching Comedies". I never hear people talking about books or movies that way. Why should music be any different? I can't imagine my life if all I had to listen to was the same exact genre of music, over and over. For me, diversity is a good thing. I could go on and on about my favorite rock bands, from soft rock to heavy metal. I am like a walking Wikipedia when it comes to 80's music (especially New Wave). I love listening to Native American flute music. I like classical (Edvard Grieg is my favorite). I can go from listening to Mike Oldfield's new age sounds to Rage Against the Machine in a matter of minutes. I listen to whatever my mood is at that very moment in time. I have been writing songs, as far back as I can remember, since junior high school. I have played in numerous bands (mainly rock). Over the years I have accumulated notebooks full of songs that I have written. Some of them country, some that are rock and many of which do not fit any particular genre. Music is an escape for me and that is exactly why I love writing it.
Currently, I am working on music for two of my projects, Cheddar Peppers (country music) and Rebelstökk (alternative rock). Eventually, all of the songs will make their way onto full complete albums. What comes after that? It's anybody's guess. If you like change, then I hope you will like my music. I have a short attention span and I don't like to do the same thing over and over, just for the sake of doing it. The next song being released will be totally different from the song before. Even though it will still be a blend of either country or rock, each song will be a whole other experience all together. I don't like cookie cutter music. I am not one of those people who believe in creating a unique sound, and then are too afraid to let go of it. Doing it once is enough for me. I believe in marching on and moving forward. Once a song is completed, the mold is broken and there is no turning back.
My goal is to write music I enjoy and make it available to anyone who is willing to listen. I have no desire to be a celebrity. I don't want to be judged by others based on their perception of what they see, but rather by the music they hear instead. I like doing things at my own pace. I am perfectly content being independent and unsigned. My music is not backed by any big record label, nor would I want it to be. No lawyers, managers, promoters, publicist or anyone else. With that being said, your support is greatly appreciated. If you like what you hear, tell a friend or call your local radio station. You can also help promote my music by sharing what you have discovered here with all of your friends and followers on social media. Be a voice for independent artists like me who are struggling to compete in an industry where huge corporations shell out millions to influence radio and media markets around the globe. It’s time for the music industry to judge artists for the quality of a song, rather than the quantity of money being distributed to promote it!
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