Cleverly dubbed Sonix for his bold use of sound effects in his productions, veteran keyboardist, composer and producer Timothy Rouse makes an exciting splash in Smooth Jazz with his wildly infectious debut single Easy Street.
Featuring a punchy trademark Eric Marienthal sax solo, it’s a feisty and furious, horn-drenched jazz-funk jam whose title belies its non-stop freewheeling energy.
The president and founder of indie label and production company Nucleus Entertainment, Sonix has worked with greats from many genres – from David Bowie, to Barry White, DMC, Maxi Priest, and 50 Cent – and will soon be adding major jazz cats to that list with the release of his first jazz/funk project Love Crusade – which features John “JR” Robinson, Paul Jackson, Jr., Rachel Z, Omar Hakim and others.
Sonix has been forging his imprint on the music scene since the mid-1990s, but has had numerous pseudonyms.
Once known professionally as Timar, at times also known as Soniq, he was a staff producer/engineer/song-writer and A&R for Sure Time/Capital Records.
Respected beyond the genres of Urban and Hip-Hop music, Sonix’s musical influences cross a multitude of cultural lines. He is sought by a diverse array of superstars for his creativity and strength as a producer.
At the early age of three, Sonix started to play the drums and various percussion instruments at his father’s church. By age 13 he was touring as a drummer with a gospel supergroup. He soon began studying synthesizers, drum machines, organ, and what would become his main instrument, the piano.
Sonix progressed and gained respect working with Local, National and International Gospel, R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Reggae artists.
As a professional touring musician and musical director, Sonix performed on Jay Leno’s Late Show, BET, MTV, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Apollo stage, and at arenas, coliseums, colleges, schools, and churches around the globe.
He continuously seeks innovative ways to blaze new trails, by combining software, synthesis, keyboards and acoustic instruments to create an experience for his audience that transcends yesterday, today and tomorrow. Making music and playing live is his passion.