Tim Koh is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer and visual artist, most notably known as a long time member of the band Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. His unique bass playing and musicianship has been recognised by many as being an influence.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, his early years as a teen were rooted in punk and noise music. Koh’s penchant for underground culture, disillusionment with mainstream music and art eventually led him to study at the California Institute Of The Arts, in hopes to escape the banal, normative life he thought was destined for him. There he came across more avant grade composers like John Cage, Steve Reich, Pierre Henry to name a few.
“I remember combing the records in the library looking for “weird” electronic records and finding David Behrman’s Leapday Night. That record really spoke to me for some reason, Stockhausen’s Kontakte also”.
Influenced by bands like Can, Faust, The Shaggs, Lee Scratch Perry and also japanese noise like Merzbow and Masonna – these acts helped shape Koh’s musical palette.
For almost two decades, Tim has also performed and collaborated with many different types of artists and musicians such as Gang Gang Dance, Connan Mockasin, Hieroglyphic Being, White Magic, Cass McCombs, Chris Cohen, Animal Collective, R. Stevie Moore, Prince Rama, Eddie Ruscha V, Kirin J Callinan, DJ Harvey, No Age, John Wiese, Thurston Moore… the list goes on.
World-weary of the LA scene, Tim has made a new home in Amsterdam, where he currently lives and works. Koh’s new solo endeavour showcases his unique talent as a musician and songwriter, his broad range of juxtaposed styles create a distinctive sound that’s his own, anchoring his penchant for absurdist pop with more traditional influences from music and literature; spinning out hazy tunes that obscure the line between autobiographical narratives and beautiful, batshit crazy fiction.
Koh hosts a permanent radio show on London’s NTS Radio called Kokonut Trip, works with Amsterdam based store, Red Light Records and has recently launched a new label called Congee Disc, focusing more on his interests in house/techno.