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Tim McEwan

Tim performing live with The Midnight

Tim McEwan (born September 16, 1979) is a Danish drummer, songwriter, and producer. He is the primary producer and songwriter of The Midnight.

McEwan grew up in a musical family and started drumming at a young age. Around the age of 17, he began producing and did a few productions in his native Denmark. In 2008, he joined the Danish production group Deekay and began writing and producing for many popular artists.[1][2]

In 2012, McEwan met Tyler Lyle at a songwriting workshop in Los Angeles. The two made an instant connection and began writing songs. McEwan and Lyle formed The Midnight and self-released their first extended play (EP) in 2014 and have continuously released music since.

Early Life

Tim Daniel McEwan was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to Tom McEwan and Terese Damsholt. His father is an actor and musician and his mother is an actress. He has a brother, Oliver, who is also a musician. Being the son of a musician, McEwan was exposed to music from a young age, having access to a guitar, drum, and piano at home growing up. He started playing the drums as an adolescent and began producing at the age of 17.[3]

Career

Throughout the early 2000s, McEwan produced a few songs and did some remixes.[4] He gained higher prominence in 2008, writing and producing several songs for the Danish singer Martin's (winner of The X-Factor) debut album, Show the World.[5] Also in 2008, McEwan became a member of the production/songwriting team Deekay,[1][2] a Danish-based outfit that has written and produced songs for many popular artists including Jordin Sparks, Sugababes, JLS, and New Kids on the Block.[6] In 2009, McEwan served as the drummer for Niels Brinck, who performed the song Believe Again as part of Denmark’s entry to that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The song made the contest final where it finished in 13th place.[7]

McEwan has stated that his musical influences include Avicii, deadmau5, Porter Robinson, Dirtyloud, Arty, and Mat Zo.[8]

The Midnight

Still residing in Denmark, McEwan visited Los Angeles in 2012 and met Georgia based singer-songwriter Tyler Lyle at a songwriter’s workshop in North Hollywood organized by Katie Donovan, Lyle’s A&R representative at the time.[9] Prior to meeting, McEwan had listened to some of Lyle’s previous work and liked Lyle’s folk sound. The two began writing songs and on McEwan’s suggestion, based their sound on 80s synth, having prior exposure to the synthwave genre and being inspired by the movie Drive. Their first song written as a duo was WeMoveForward,[9][10] and their first release as a band under The Midnight moniker was the 2014 extended play Days of Thunder. McEwan is the primary producer and songwriter in The Midnight. While Lyle is the primary vocalist and lyricist, McEwan wrote the lyrics and sang the vocals on the songs Synthetic and Comet.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Multi-platinum Record Production Team Deekay – Pro Music Magazine – Inside the Music Business". Pro Music Magazine. September 21, 2008. Archived from the original on April 12, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Multi-platinum Record Production Team Deekay". My Hit Online. September 21, 2008. Retrieved April 3, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "THE MIDNIGHT: Tim McEwan And Tyler Lyle On Bringing 'Monsters' To Life!". Icon Vision. July 9, 2020. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  4. "April 1, 2010". Discogs. Archived from the original on May 30, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  5. "Martin – Show The World (2008, CD)". Discogs. May 30, 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2022. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  6. "Credits - DEEKAY Music". Deekay Music. January 1, 2022. Archived from the original on October 26, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  7. "BT TV: McEwan-brødre skal føre Brinck til sejr | BT Underholdning - www.bt.dk". BT. Archived from the original on June 25, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  8. "The Midnight on Seminal Album "Monsters" and the Volcanic Potential of Synthwave Culture [Interview] - EDM.com - The Latest Electronic Dance Music News, Reviews & Artists". EDM.com. August 18, 2020. Archived from the original on April 17, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Who Are The Midnight?: An Interview with the Masters of Modern Nostalgia". Vehlinggo. November 12, 2017. Archived from the original on March 24, 2022. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  10. "Retrowave Sessions Ep 2: The Midnight - YouTube". YouTube. May 30, 2019. Archived from the original on March 24, 2022. Retrieved April 3, 2022.

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn[1] is a song by The Midnight. It is the 11th track from their album Monsters.

Track info

The song was written by band members Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle and produced by McEwan. The bass and fretless bass on Brooklyn were performed by Oliver McEwan. The guitar solo and additional guitar were done by Izzy Fontaine. It has a running time of four minutes and fourteen seconds and is in the key of A-flat major.

Brooklyn was originally a solo song by Lyle from his album The Floating Years.[2] Prior to being on The Floating Years, it debuted on the first episode of Lyle's podcast, From The Secret Lair.[3] He has also recorded another version of the song under the name Floating Empire.[4]

During a Reddit AMA, Lyle discussed the inspiration for the song:[5]

When I moved to New York, I didn't know anything about the neighborhoods and was basically scared of everything, so I moved into a big glass tower in Brooklyn. I had a crazy view of Manhattan from my roof and my bedroom was on the 25th floor and looked out over Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene. A lot of that imagery does have a lot to do with heights and the hallucinatory impression the lights at night give you about the city- that coupled with just the sheer difficulty of living in such a challenging city. I was thinking about a couple who might not make it, but the song is definitely about the tension of floating or falling.

In an interview with Headliner Magazine, Lyle further stated:[6]

It was a very lonely and searching time. I had just got married, and my wife and I were deeply unhappy in New York. That song was a question to the city itself as to whether the time there would be good or bad...whether we'd fall apart.

During an interview with Magnetic Magazine, the band commented on the production of their version of the song:[7]

Tim: My job on this track was simple: to get out of the way of the song. It needed to feel stripped down and just be in support of Tyler’s amazing performance.

Tyler: I moved from LA to New York in 2014 a week after I got married. It’s such a difficult city to live in. Most New Yorkers would claim that it’s part of the charm. We moved into a tall glass tower in Downtown Brooklyn with a view from the 25th story of Fort Green and Bed Stuy. I was transfixed by the lights at night, all the while dealing with the major life change of a new wife, a new city, and a disruption to my normal “day job” which was writing songs with other people. It was a lonely time. I wrote a lot of songs in that season though.

Lyrics

There’s traffic on the bridge
But the skyline shines with a certain light
And I know you’re sick of it
But I know a happy hour nearby

And there’s a possibility
That one day things will get better for
The huddled masses in between
The shadows and the stars

Floating empire
Held up by fraying wire
I’ll cover you in winter like a blanket by the fire
And when the rent is too high
We’ll just buy cheaper wine
And hang on to see if whether
Constellations hold together or not

Four years in Brooklyn
And happy birthday darling
When we feel young again
I’d like to take you dancing

Cause there’s a possibility
That one day things will get better
For the huddled masses in between
The shadows and the stars
And there’s a possibility
That we’ll both go down together
Or free ourselves from gravity
And tumble through the dark

Floating empire
Held up by fraying wire
I’ll cover you in winter like a blanket by the fire
And when the rent is too high
We’ll just buy cheaper wine
And hang on to see if whether
Constellations hold together or not

I never placed too much faith in the stars
I never placed too much faith in my heart
But the siren call of the chandelier city
And inch by inch we’re breaking apart
As we’re rising through the dark
From the sky I bet the lights look pretty

Floating empire
Held up by fraying wire
I’ll cover you in winter like a blanket by the fire
And when the rent is too high
We’ll just buy cheaper wine
And hang on to see if whether
Constellations hold together or not

Lyrics source[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Brooklyn | The Midnight". Bandcamp. July 10, 2020. Archived from the original on February 5, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  2. "The Floating Years | Tyler Lyle". Bandcamp. May 14, 2019. Archived from the original on September 23, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. "1. The Secret Agent | Tyler Lyle". Bandcamp. January 14, 2016. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  4. "25. The Starter Home #1: The Car That Ate Downtown | Tyler Lyle". Bandcamp. January 15, 2018. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  5. "We are The Midnight. Our new album Monsters is out today and we just announced our 2021 Europe and U.K. headline tour. Ask us anything! : electronicmusic". Reddit. July 10, 2020. Archived from the original on April 7, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  6. Gustafson, Alice (November 20, 2020). "The Midnight Talk Synth Wave, The Sounds Of The '80s And Nostalgia | Headliner Magazine". Headliner Magazine. Archived from the original on April 7, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  7. Middleton, Ryan (July 10, 2020). "The Director's Cut: The Midnight - MONSTERS - Magnetic Magazine". Magnetic Magazine. Archived from the original on April 6, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.


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Kids

Kids album cover

Kids is the third album from The Midnight. It was released independently by the band on September 21, 2018.[1] The instrumental version of the album was released on October 30, 2018.[2]

Kids was preceded by the release of three singles. Lost Boy was the first single and was released on July 13, 2018.[3] The second single, America 2, was released on August 3, 2018.[4] The third and final single was Arcade Dreams, releasing on September 7, 2018.[5]

Background and composition

The Midnight's previous album Nocturnal featured a distinctive dark, noir sound. For the next album, Tim McEwan expressed a desire to move away from this sound and create music that was more upbeat and happy, but still had some hints of sadness.[6] Inspired by the television show Stranger Things and the idea of living in the memories of childhood, McEwan called Tyler Lyle the day after the release of Nocturnal and shared this vision with him. Lyle was receptive to the idea, and thus the process of creating Kids began.

One of the first public mentions of a new release came during a November 2017 interview with Vehlinggo shortly after the release of Nocturnal. McEwan revealed that a new and more "summer feeling" EP was in development and that it was planned to be released in the spring or summer of 2018.[7] Giving an early hint at the theme, he stated, “I like to think about it as what the kids from Stranger Things are listening to when they’re not chasing monsters.” The band said on social media in March 2018 that the next album would be "dedicated to the disaffected youth."[8] In May, more info about the new album's direction and theme were shared, with the band stating the "the opening track on our next album is gonna hit you right in the feels" and that it would be their most ambitious album to date - the most challenging so far for McEwan as a producer.[9] They also said that "A lot of the tracks on our new album are dedicated to late nights on the Internet."[10]

On July 2, 2018, it was announced on the band's social media that a new single was imminent.[11] On July 6, a small snippet of the single's artwork was shown and a release date of July 13 was given.[12] The next day, the single was confirmed to be Lost Boy[13] and the full artwork was revealed on July 11.[14] On July 28, another single was teased.[15] On August 1, the second single was revealed to be America 2 and was slated for an August 3 release.[16] More songs were hinted at on August 11, [17] and on August 16 Kids was officially revealed with a video trailer.[18] The trailer played a small snippet from Kids (Reprise) and gave a release date of September 21 for the album. On September 5, Arcade Dreams was announced as the third and final single from Kids and was released on September 7.[19]

Kids was officially released on September 21, 2018.[20] Despite receiving more mixed reviews compared to previous The Midnight releases,[21][22][23][24][25] Kids was a successful release for the band commercially, debuting at number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart with week one sales of 2000 copies.[26] It also charted at number twelve on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart, number two on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and number thirteen on the Independent Albums chart.[27]

The title Kids was suggested early in development by McEwan, with Lyle also approving of the name. At the time, he and his wife Anna were expecting their first child.[28] The first song created for Kids was Lost Boy, an old track of The Midnight's that had been written back in 2015 with Finnish DJ Lenno Linjama.[29] The song was originally titled In The Dark and had a more house feel compared to the final version. Although the band liked the track, they felt it wouldn't have fit well on Nocturnal and held the song out for a future release instead. Deciding to use the song for Kids, McEwan took the original demo and rebuilt the song, doubling the tempo and running the melody and beats in half-time. In the words of McEwan, Lost Boy would be a table-setter for the rest of Kids, which the band considers to be their first "theme" album.[30] The album was originally planned to be longer with more tracks, but it was decided to shorten the release to reduce Lyle's workload while he was caring for his newborn son.[31] The band eventually decided to make Kids a trilogy, with the following album Monsters being the sequel to Kids and the trilogy closing with a yet to be named album.

The artwork for Kids was designed by Aaron Campbell, who also designed all the artwork for the album's singles as well.[32] The date on the album art for Kids, October 18, 1985, is a reference to the North American launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The instrumental version of the Kids was released on October 30, 2018.[33]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Tim McEwan and Tyler Lyle. All tracks are produced by Tim McEwan.
Kids
No.TitleLength
1."Youth"3:09
2."Wave"4:31
3."Kids (Prelude)"2:13
4."Lost Boy"4:37
5."Saturday Mornings (Interlude)"0:57
6."Explorers"4:16
7."America 2"4:01
8."Arcade Dreams"4:03
9."Kids (Reprise)"6:04
Total length:33:51


Kids (The Instrumentals)
No.TitleLength
1."Youth (Instrumental)"3:10
2."Wave (Instrumental)"4:32
3."Kids (Prelude) (Instrumental)"2:12
4."Lost Boy (Instrumental)"4:37
5."Explores (Instrumental)"4:17
6."America 2 (Instrumental)"4:02
7."Kids (Reprise) (Instrumental)"6:03
Total length:28:54

References

  1. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids
  2. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids-the-instrumentals
  3. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/track/lost-boy
  4. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/track/america-2
  5. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/track/arcade-dreams-3
  6. https://soundcloud.com/beyond-synth/170-themidnight%7CAt 1:49:55|
  7. "Who Are The Midnight?: An Interview with the Masters of Modern Nostalgia". Vehlinggo. November 12, 2017. Archived from the original on March 24, 2022. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  8. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2016115131946629&id=1396858670538948
  9. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2041731866051622&id=1396858670538948
  10. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2042212112670264&id=1396858670538948
  11. https://www.instagram.com/p/BkwA6cCH57g/
  12. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk5uEHVHe1Y/
  13. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk8f6UznmWH/
  14. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlFSf9XHjB2/
  15. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl1N1s1nOUZ/
  16. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bl8KbfYnpv7/
  17. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmU06igFHS7/
  18. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmitYzgFtFx/
  19. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnW2BPoF9cB/
  20. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids
  21. https://ironskullet.com/2018/09/24/album-review-the-midnight-kids/
  22. https://vehlinggo.com/2018/09/21/midnight-kids-review/
  23. https://killyourstereo.com/reviews/1104183/the-midnight-kids/
  24. https://www.indiefrontiers.com/home/not-a-sentimental-age-kids-2019-by-the-midnight-album-review
  25. https://newretrowave.com/2018/09/23/the-midnight-kids/
  26. https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8478337/billboard-dance-chart-upstarts-the-midnight-karel-xojani-whethan
  27. https://www.billboard.com/music/the-midnight/chart-history/ELP
  28. "THE MIDNIGHT: Tim McEwan And Tyler Lyle On Bringing 'Monsters' To Life!". Icon Vision. July 9, 2020. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  29. https://soundcloud.com/beyond-synth/170-themidnight%7CAt 2:07:00|
  30. "THE MIDNIGHT: Tim McEwan And Tyler Lyle On Bringing 'Monsters' To Life!". Icon Vision. July 9, 2020. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  31. "THE MIDNIGHT: Tim McEwan And Tyler Lyle On Bringing 'Monsters' To Life!". Icon Vision. July 9, 2020. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  32. https://aaroncampbell.ca/the-midnight-kids
  33. https://themidnight.bandcamp.com/album/kids-the-instrumentals

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