TIMMY "BOOM BAP" PROZNICK
Music is in his blood. Tim Proznick aka Timmy Boom Bap grew up in a family of jazz musicians, music educators, and music lovers. His father Dave Proznick built one of the most successful music programs in North America, and was given an honorary doctorate in music. His oldest sister Jodi, whom he works with, has been nominated for multiple Junos for her records and has developed the jazz program with the VSO and Orpheum theater in Vancouver. His sister Kelly has followed her fathers footsteps running the music department at New West Secondary, and works in numerous choral groups in Vancouver. They both now have their masters in music from Mcgill University. It definitely runs deep in the roots of his family, which he bases a lot of his philosophy and approach on.
Tim was gifted a set of drums at the tender age of 3, and has never looked back. When his parents would host parties and jam sessions, they put little Timmy on the drums in between sets and be amazed at his gift at such a young age. Being surrounded by so much music so young, led to him developing and maturing his craft years beyond his age. Through his fathers program, he was able to compete and tour nationally and internationally, and was hired and embraced to play by his peers 10 to 15 yrs his senior. He went on to win multiple local awards in his youth, became nationally recognized by Zildjian as the best drummer. In high School when he was 15 and 16, and later, internationally at the Lionel Hampton Jazz fest, the biggest jazz fest in North America, winning best drummer in the AAAA division. This was decided by Jazz icons such as Christian Mcbride, Roy Hargrove, Ray Brown, Joe Lovano, and the legend Elvin Jones.
Aside from the jazz world, his teenage years found him cutting his teeth touring with the Bachman family, playing legendary Vancouver clubs like the Starfish Room, The Gate, and Richards on Richards. This led him to his first gig at the Commodore Ballroom at 17-years-old, opening for Nazareth, getting a call 5 hours before the gig, subbing for Daniel Adair (Nickelback, 3 Doors Down).
After highschool, he moved to Toronto and went to Humber College (where he attended on scholarship), and after two years moved back to Vancouver, building a rep as a first call session player. He’s played, recorded and toured with diverse artists like Shad, Pomo, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Daniel Wesley, Carley Rae Jepsen, K-OS, Mark Whitfield, Hey Ocean and so many more. Proznick has made a foundation full of close connections which continues to this day.
Now being endorsed by D’addario, Evans Drumheads, & Promark drumsticks, and having a very deep and close relationship with the Davidson family, he has really expanded his musical journey by appreciating those that support him. He also works with Yamaha drums, Dunnett Classic snares, Zion Cymbals and was featured on the cover of Drums Etc in 2008 with a 4 page article. Most recently he was asked to play at the Drumeo headquarters (The biggest online drum community in the world), where his performance for his self titled track “Deep In The Cut” went viral with around 200,000 views the first week, and now sits around 700,000.
In the last few years, Proznick has now changed focus into building “Baptone Productions“ and has been building a state of the art music studio, with plans of turning it into its own label and production company. Having helped produce an ad for a collaboration with Adidas/Livestock, and had the video built around his feature in the commercial for their “Rhythm” brand, has made him very receptive to commercial and critical work in the future.
With 11 hours of his own original work set to be released, he’s built quite a repertoire of material. After working with so many world class producers like Ben Kaplan, Gggarth Richardson, Chin Injeti, and Pomo and others, he has now produced and written with a plethora of artists in his own studio, with plans of releasing his own solo work soon, aside from producing/writing with other artists.
So, when asked what he’s learnt and thinks the future holds for this creative and evolving music making machine? Tim replied
“ Well, after years of supporting so many fantastic artists, one thing I didnt realize that was missing was being fully involved in the “process” of writing as an outlet. For years I was depressed working 28 gigs a month with 12 bands, but was taught to always stay humble and grateful, as so many people would love to have had all these great experiences Ive had, or the talent im blessed to share with people. Having written 50 songs from the age of 10 - 15 yrs old, then dropping it due to the success of my drumming, only to come back to it years later because of incredible artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Ali Siadat pushing and believing in me, has been so eye opening”
He also adds,
“ Its also such a blessing to be able to able to work with artists on a much deeper level. This has given me motivation to want to work with more youth, especially underprivileged youth, teaching and guiding them, and helping them find their own path of enlightenment through the gift of music and rhythm. Drumming is all based on “feel”, and there is so much meaning i’ve found I can help artists find that's not often focused on with many songwriters, as many approach writing this way.”
Tim plans on releasing a record of his own original material called "Life Guided Through Rhythm" under the Monicher “The Blazing Eraz” which represents the eras of music thats influenced him, as well as growth through time. It features collaborations spanning across many different artists, friends, and influences that have shaped and affected his life such as Moka Only, Kapok, Tonye Aganaba, Tim Fuller, Aaron Ross of the Boom Booms, Ashley Wey, Louis Rudner and more. This along with Sample packs for producers, lesson plans, and countless hours of original music, Proznick has been focusing hard on releasing it via his brainchild Baptone Productions. Always open to learning and listening, the world is looking bright for him and his career, already spanning decades, but seems to just be getting started at the same time!