My first time seeing Black Powder County, they certainly blew me away! With music that just magnifies the talent behind the instruments, BPC rocks every show and captures the audience from the very first song. It didn’t take me long to introduce myself to this young band eager to learn their upcoming calendar dates. I have since become friends with the guitarist from down under, Tim Deq, and invited him to share some background as well as the future of BPC. His charismatic personality in addition to the Australian accent made every conversation with this mate entertaining from the get-go. Tim stands proud performing live all over PDX and beyond with fellow bandmates Jake-Lead vocalist and guitar, Manny – Bass, and Josh -Drummer.
How did you come up with your band name? -Painfully! But we all met on the plain of enlightenment, where we meditated for several months. It truly was a mash up of names we all liked.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together? – It still continues to evolve every writing session, but we have seen how we have become more in your face and more technically driven.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences? – Our music is definitely Hard/Heavy Rock bordering on Metal. My major influences are too many to list, but the top ranking artists are: Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slash, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Buckcherry.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite venues? – Our favorite shows/venues were the Collective Soul, Kansas & Blue Oyster Cult Opening/Closing performances we did for them. We also have been playing some of the awesome venues in Portland like The New Copper Penny, Hawthorne Lounge/Theater, Ash Street Saloon to name a few.
What has been the best thing about being a musician? – Being able to express myself in ways that cannot be relayed using normal communication methods. And to entertain!
If you could play with another artist, who would it be/why? – It would be Slash as he has been the biggest inspiration to me as a guitarist & it’s on my bucket list!
What is the most memorable “fan” moment? – Having a young bloke (note the Aussie term) in the audience telling me that I inspire them! Mostly it is every moment seeing the joy on their faces.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations? – No we are currently an Indie band, but are produced by Kevin S. Hahn (Opal Studios) who has worked with the likes of The Scorpions & Floater. The only music based organizations we are a part of are all social media based, like Reverbnation.
What is the most out of date piece of music you have and what band is it? – Crikey that is a hard one! Well I have still over 500 cassette tapes so in today’s day and age that is all out of date. If we are talking the oldest music, it would have to be my classical collection, as I have pretty much every composer.
Does this Aussie like sports? -Yes, Basketball, Rugby League and AFL Football (Not Soccer)
What is your favorite clothing item/why? – My hats/beanies, cause they cover my aging receding hairline and baldness, that’s why I shave it!
What kind of pets do you have and what are their names? -Well geez, I have a farm so essentially have a lot of critters, 3 Chickens, 4 Dogs, 5 Cats, 6 Horses. My Dog’s name is Marla.
Outside of music, what is the best job you ever had? – Being a Dad, but on the money making job side it is being a Server Engineer (IT Industry)
(Most of us have been there at some point) So-worst breakup ever? -My first Divorce.
If you had a million dollars but could not spend it on yourself or your family, can’t invest it, what would you do with it? – I would use it to help all those in need from all walks of life, but mainly anything to do with helping disadvantaged children & their families.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune? – We are wanting to share our music to the masses and continue to set goals to perform at higher levels enjoying the musical journey on the way, now if the fame and fortune were to eventuate from our hard work, then that is the bonus to what and why we do what we do!
What is the best advice you have ever been given? -Be Authentic in everything you do!
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands? – If your wanting to make it, like life you have to have somewhat of a plan. Find members with the same drive, enthusiasm & commitment. Be committed yourself & practice hard. Don’t force the creativity & be open to suggestion. Be authentic in approaching the music. And most important of all, have a bloody good time, as it is an awesome journey, where even if you were not to succeed to a high level, you sure as heck had fun doing it!
I want to thank Tim for taking his time out for me and opening himself up to the fans. For those who want a great night of some heavy rock sound, go check out Black Powder County!