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|Birth name||Timothy James Rice-Oxley|
2 June 1976 |
Oxford, England, UK
|Genres||Alternative rock, piano rock, pop rock, folk rock|
|Instruments||Piano, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, keytar, guitar, synthesizer, recorder, harpsichord|
|Associated acts||Keane, Mt. Desolation, Gwen Stefani, Kylie Minogue|
Timothy James "Tim" Rice-Oxley (born June 2, 1976), is a musician, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for being keyboardist, singer and songwriter in the British band Keane. In 2010 he formed a side-project, Mt. Desolation, with his Keane bandmate Jesse Quin.
Life and career
Tim Rice-Oxley was born in Oxford, England to Charles Patrick and Margaret Rice-Oxley. He had piano lessons when he was a teenager but admitted to hating them and never practising pieces because they were all classical music which he found boring. After his parents stopped his lessons, he developed a liking for piano and so taught himself how to play, mainly because of The Beatles.
In 1994, he began studying for a degree in Classics at University College London, where Hughes studied Geography. Friend and guitarist Dominic Scott suggested to Rice-Oxley that they form a band and he agreed. The two asked Hughes to join on drums. While there, he met Chris Martin, who was creating demos at the time with Coldplay. Rice-Oxley was invited by Martin to join after listening to his piano playing during a weekend at Virginia Water in Surrey, but declined in order to concentrate on Keane with his friends.
In 1997, Rice-Oxley convinced Scott and Hughes to let Chaplin join the band. It was in this year that the band took the name "Keane". During their stint in London, Rice-Oxley shared a flat with Chaplin in Stoke Newington and they attempted to raise money for rehearsal time. When Scott left the band in July 2001, Rice-Oxley started playing the piano. He continues to play bass; however now the parts are pre-recorded and are sampled in live gigs through an Apple Powerbook.
Currently, he provides live and studio backing vocals for Keane, except for the studio songs Sunshine, This Is the Last Time (demo version) and Your Love where he sings the lead vocals, as well as some Under the Iron Sea DVD and Perfect Symmetry demos.
Tim Rice-Oxley is the principal songwriter for Keane and has composed all their songs. In 2006, Rice-Oxley co-wrote the songs Early Winter, and The Girl Inside (unreleased) on Gwen Stefani's second solo album, The Sweet Escape. Early Winter has been performed by Keane live. The song Perfect Symmetry from the album of the same name is considered by Chaplin to be one of the best Rice-Oxley has written. In 2009, he co-wrote the song Everything Is Beautiful for Kylie Minogue's eleventh studio album, Aphrodite.
Rice-Oxley composed all the songs for the side-project Mt. Desolation with Jesse Quin in 2010. That same year Rice-Oxley provided the main vocal in Keane for the first time on the song Your Love, which appeared on the album Night Train. He sang the song live. In 2013, he co-wrote the song Jump with Gary Barlow for the latter's solo album, Since I Saw You Last. In 2014, he co-wrote the bonus track "Holding On To Nothing" for Lily Allen's album, Sheezus.
Mt. Desolation is an alt-country side-project that Tim formed with bassist Jesse Quin. The band also consists of members of Mumford & Sons, The Killers and The Staves. Mt. Desolation released their first eponymous studio album on October 18, 2010. The band toured the UK and Ireland in September 2010 and the US and Canada in October 2010. Tim and Jesse have not ruled out recording a second album.
Sea Fog Studio
Rice-Oxley won an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in May 2005.
- Yamaha CP70B (main piano)
- Nord Lead 3 Synth (synthesizer)
- Fender Precision (bass guitar)
- Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium (for bass tracking)
- Apple PowerMac G5
With Mt. Desolation
- Studio albums
- Mt. Desolation (2010)