We had the good fortune of connecting with Tim Kobza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tim, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
Hopefully the remainder of career will be a continuum of what I’ve been doing thus far, that includes performing, practicing, teaching, composing and producing music. I don’t think that there’s necessarily a stop date, I’ll continue endeavoring and engaging if I’m having fun and as long as the spirit mind and body will allow. initially I set out to be the best overall musician that I could be and that that path and my passion would lead to me surrounding myself with the best musicians and artists around, so far so good. I’ve always valued the creative flow and I will continue to write and produce music that I’m interested in exploring.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Over the last couple of years I was able to revisit the “artist” side of my career. The pause from live music gave me some more time to do a deep dive into my personal studio projects. I completed a collection of Jazz , funk and fusion inspired tracks for a new album I titled “Montecito Heights” a reference to my neighborhood where it all happened! As far as my career goes I value a balanced approach, a mix of performing, recording and creating original music. I also love being a part of other peoples artistic creations as a session player , collaborator or producerI.
I have a diverse range in my musical taste and this is reflected in the music that I’m inspired to make. As a guitarist it’s hard to pin me down stylistically. After all is said and done I would like to think that I’ve developed a signature sound in my guitar playing and compositional choices.
I wouldn’t say that a career in music is necessarily easy, it wasn’t really a choice for me . Being able to engage in a wide range of musical activities has helped to keep me engaged, interested and growing as an artist, it also enables me to monetize in a variety of areas .
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I often find myself entertaining guests from out of town, here are few activities I like show them
There’s great hiking in my neighborhood Debs Park that’s an easy start. I also hike a lot in Griffith Park, to the Hollywood sign, and occasionally in Topanga canyon these all provide awesome views. A trail is a great place to catch up with friends.
Then there’s the beach I like to go to Marina Del Rey to either biking or walking trail Santa Monica Marina Del Rey Venice fantastic beach activities and people watching
Now that restaurants are coming back Los Angeles of course has some of the best dining options
No particular favorites but a few local haunts
In Highland Park
Gus s bbq
For nightlife I usually gravitate toward places with live music, places I’ve played.
Casa Del Mar
shutters at the beach
For the best singer songwriter and original artist venue,I really love the Hotel Café
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Shoutout goes to my students and colleagues at The Thornton School of Music at USC over the years who continue to support and inspire me. The challenges presented by the pandemic were met with a prevailing spirit and we all got through it, the student outcomes were remarkable! I’m so fortunate to be apart of this community and musical ecosystem for so many years
Youtube: Tim Kobza-You Tube
Other: Tim Kobza on Spotify, new album “Montecito Heights”