Ok, I'll admit it: Remember how boyband 98 Degrees was all over the place in the late 90s/early 2000s? The guys were smokin' hot, and their tunes were infectious - 'I Do,' 'Because of You,' their duet with Mariah Carey and Joe 'Thank God I Found You' and so on...fronted by super hottie (and former Mr. Jessica Simpson) Nick Lachey. Who didn't have a crush on him!? Well, truth be told, I always thought one of the other guys was F-I-N-E: Jeff Timmons.
Sure, he's straight (I ain't mad at him) but I had a crush (I'm sure I'm not alone there!), lol So imagine my surprise when I found out he is currently still in the game, working on a solo project - and that he was more than willing to talk about it! Oh, what's more? He's giving his new album away for free. (Jeff's got a nice package for you at Christmas - no, not that kind of package! lol)
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Now, Jeff was kind enough to take the time to talk with Muzo about everything from his new album, his days in 98 Degrees, what he likes in a girl and much more. Lets get to it...
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Muzo: First off, congratulations on your upcoming album, I'm really excited to hear it! What can your fans expect?
Jeff: They can expect to hear some uptempo jams, and of course there will be ballads. I'm heavily influenced by Prince and Michael Jackson on this one. I like to incorporate some old school sounds and vibes with some Hip-Hop beats. I like to call the sound 'Hip-Pop.'
Muzo: Have you decided on a title - and when will it officially be out?
Jeff: I haven't decided on a title yet. I am giving the album away the week of Christmas. I will be making it available for download completely FREE! Anyone who registers on my official website, will get a copy. All I ask is that everyone tell their friends about it. Spread the word. I'm proud of the album and want people to hear it.
Muzo: As an indie, what's the biggest challenges you've faced in producing the album?
Jeff: Well, of course, there's the obstacle of budgets. Making records the traditional way is expensive, with no guarantee of it being heard, because promoting it is even more expensive than making it. I don't want to do anything in the traditional manner, so many of the challenges come from the promotion and marketing side of things.
Jeff: I decided to give this album away after four years of putting it together. Folks haven't heard from 98 Degrees in quite some time, and my solo project was a small project. People are not yet familiar with my sound. This gives them a chance to check out the record without spending any money. If they like it, they can become a fan of the music. If not, they didn't spend any cash on it.
Muzo: What do you miss about your days with 98 Degrees?
Jeff: It was a fun time traveling the world and learning about different cultures. Living the dream...
Muzo: What don't you miss?
Jeff: We didn't always have a lot of creative control. Quite a bit of politics involved with major record companies...
Muzo: Cuz you know I have to ask...what do you do to stay in shape? I know you also spend time bodybuilding...any tips?? lol
Jeff: Thanks for noticing. I'm doing a program called crossfit. It's pretty tough. I try to work out two or three days a week, and not overtrain. 90% of it is diet, though. Low-carbs. No sugar! I completely cut out drinking recently, which is really tough. We'll see how long that lasts.
Muzo: Which artists do you most admire?
Jeff: After being a part of the business for so long, I've grown to admire almost all artists.
There are so many struggles one has to face as an artist. You feel completely compelled to get this 'stuff' out of your mind and onto a record, or canvas, or script or whatever. You do it out of passion, and almost out of necessity, and today we are still trying to find a way to pay people for their creativity without many public avenues to display and exploit them in a way the gives them major exposure.
Ok, I got a little side-tracked. My favorites are Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, The Eagles, Joe, Brian McKnight, Babyface, Metallica. I liked Elvis a bunch, too. All the doo-wop groups and Stevie Wonder. Wow, there are so many....
Muzo: Top 5 most played songs on your iPod?
Would you believe I don't even have an iPod? **Muzo note: Dudez! He's giving away his album for free, someone buy him an iPod! Be a giver ** Most played songs in my studio or car: 'On Bended Knee' by Boyz II Men, 'Butterflies' by Michael Jackson, 'Orion' by Metallica, 'Hotel California' by the Eagles, 'In da Club' by Usher.
Jeff: I have a great group of guys out of Mexico that are amazing, and I've had them remix some stuff. They're called Somnus Corp. They're unbelievable! I actually want to do an album that is just remixes of all of my songs by different DJ's from all over the world.
Muzo: Single or taken?
Jeff: Single and ready to mingle, lol...
Muzo: What type of girl do you typically go for?
Jeff: Well, I like pretty girls of course, but they must have a great sense of humor. I am almost never serious, and it annoys most people. I like all different kinds of girls looks-wise, too. I don't really have a type when it comes to that.
Jeff: Be NICE!!! It's so hard to find girls that are cool and nice. Plenty of good looking ones around...not many nice ones.
Muzo: And you gotta know - the girls love you, but so do the gayboys! How do you feel about having dudes think you're a hottie?
Jeff: It's flattering to have anyone think you look good. I take pride in keeping myself healthy, and try to stay looking good. A compliment is a compliment no matter where it comes from, and is greatly appreciated.
Jeff: Act with class and tact. Especially when it comes to what he says, and what he thinks that a girl wants or wants to hear. Read Cosmo for goodness sakes...
Muzo: Complete the sentence: 'When in bed, the guy should...'
Jeff: Get the timing right. It's all about the vibe and feel of the moment. Every girl is different and likes and expects different things. Go with the flow more.
Muzo: What plans do you have in place to support your new album - video, touring, etc? Where can your fans catch up with you?
Jeff: I am planning to tour, of course. But I have plans for the album, my record distribution company, etc. I love producing other artists, so you will see more of that from me.
I am easy to get ahold of through the traditional social networks, myspace and facebook, and most accessible through my website.
Muzo: What's next for Jeff?
Jeff: I've always had lofty goals, and still do now. I have a long way to go, and expect a lot from myself. I plan on changing the music business, and not necessarily as an artist.
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