Liam Titcomb Stays Grounded

Sometimes it is best to be grateful for the little things in life.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Toronto folk-inspired singer-songwriter Liam Titcomb was given the opportunity to play hometown venue Massey Hall, one of Toronto’s finest venues, in support of fellow Canuck Jann Arden.

While this in itself may not seem like a remarkable feat to the common person, what was remarkable was Titcomb’s genuine reaction to being given such an opportunity.

Via social network site Twitter, Titcomb tweeted three times about the show (twice during the evening of the show and once the day after), exuding the same kind of excitement that a kid in a toy store would boast.

The kind and humble Titcomb performs at Moncton’s Plan B Lounge next Wednesday evening.

“I have a lot to be thankful in my life,” Titcomb tells the Times & Transcript. “I credit my parents with having instilled being grounded and being grateful early in life. My parents came straight out of the hippy era and followed Native American traditions and teachings where you learn about being grateful and thankful. It has been grounded in my head to be grateful for the good things in life. It makes life so much richer when you can see how lucky you are.”

Titcomb’s newest record Cicada offers an ample dose of his optimistic look on life. His fourth release, it marks his first full-length effort to be released via influential record label Nettwerk Music.

It was a demo of Titcomb’s song “Landslide” that ultimately convinced Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride that the two had to work together.

“I had met Terry once or twice but we had never really spent all that much time together,” Titcomb says. “I think we were definitely aware of one another though. After I had done some co-writing in London, England, I returned with a demo of ‘Landslide’ that came to Terry’s attention. We touched base and he told me that if what he was hearing on ‘Landslide’ was the direction I was headed in, he was very interested in us working together.”

After a second successful songwriting trip to London, Titcomb began the process of making Cicada with producer Jay Joyce with whom Titcomb made his 2007 record Can’t Let Go.

Titcomb says that his history with Joyce dates back to the time he was 16 years old when the two started writing songs together. Stating that his bond with Joyce is one of a “brotherly musical rapport,” there was a comfort in returning to work with Joyce to make his newest record.

“It was kind of a given to work with Jay again,” Titcomb says. “With this record though, we decided to handle all of the instruments ourselves. We didn’t bring in any outside players and it forced us to attack the music in different ways. It ended up bringing a kind of simplicity and a surprising depth to the music.”

Acknowledging that he was somewhat unsure of his next move after the release of his 2007 record, Titcomb seems energetic about the possibilities that lie in wait for him in the future.

With 35 shows slated to be performed over the course of next seven weeks, Titcomb doesn’t express regret over how he spent the past five years as much as he simply wants to ensure he stays busy from this point forward.

“I didn’t intend on it being five years between releases,” he says. “After my last record, I just wasn’t exactly sure on how to move forward. I stayed involved in the music business as an independent artist, writing for myself and then others.

“One thing is for sure — it won’t be five years until my next record is released.”

 Article published in the October 5, 2012 edition of the TImes & Transcript