La Timpa
“I want to complete my sophomore album and create accompanying music videos, photographs, and other visual content

LA Timpa

Age - 26
 London, United Kingdom
@l.a.timpa
LA Timpa
“I want to complete my sophomore album and create accompanying music videos, photographs, and other visual content

Since the age of four, LA Timpa – real name Christopher Soetan – has been weaving a world of dreams. The Nigeria-born, Toronto-raised musician makes deconstructed noise-pop that explores themes of love, dissatisfaction, isolation, and mortality, all through far-away vocals and lilting melodies, which loop and disintegrate with time, like memories.

Having completed NTS Radio’s artist development programme WIP last year, LA Timpa released his debut LP Equal Amounts Afraid, which he made with the help of Solange collaborator Kwes and Amir Shoat – who’s worked with Dean Blunt. Since then, the artist has performed at the likes of Maida Vale studios and supported Moses Boyd on tour.

In other words, LA Timpa’s is a name that will undeniably shape 2020’s soundscapes – even if it’s one he dreamed up. “LA Timpa is from a word I made up!” he told us in his spring 2020 issue feature. “I used to say it mid-sentence while texting people when I was in my early 20s – let’s say you said, ‘I’ll meet you at the bar.’ I’d reply, ‘Timpa!’”

How did you start doing the work you do, and what inspires it?

LA Timpa: I was encouraged by my older brother to begin writing lyrics, which led to me writing numerous unreleased albums. What inspires me is my process. I’m constantly listening to the raw material around me and it somehow finds its way into my work.

What issues or causes are you passionate about and why?

LA Timpa: I feel most passionately about mental and physical health issues, especially amongst black individuals and communities. Both my parents have diabetes and I have two siblings with sickle-cell anaemia – these two diseases are most common among those of African-black descent. They are issues I hold dear to my heart and part of my mission is to have conversations that push the importance of taking care of ourselves, our health, and our fitness. As a Nigerian immigrant who’s grown up in predominantly coloured spaces, these are issues that aren’t spoken about. 

“What inspires me is my process. I’m constantly listening to the raw material around me” – LA Timpa

How has the Coronavirus outbreak affected you, your work, and/or your community?

LA Timpa: It has further tightened my perspective on the things I care most about. This obviously affects the majority of the world and I think there’s something kind of beautiful and interesting about collective realisations or anxieties. Being that I am a student, we take sessions from this experience and move forward personally and within my practice.  

What creative or philanthropic project would you work on with a grant from the Dazed 100 Ideas Fund?

LA Timpa: With the grant money, I intend on completing my sophomore album. This will be my second album written, produced, and composed by myself. Firstly, I intend on booking out a Ten87 studio in London to finish the recording process, before mixing with producer and engineer Kwes (Warp, Young Turks, Solange, Kelela, Tirzah) who worked on my debut album Equal Amounts Afraid. I will master the album with Amir Shoat who I also collaborated with on my debut. Along with the album, I intend on creating music videos, photographs, and other visual content surrounding the musical project.

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