We had the good fortune of connecting with Tim Louie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tim, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always been a creative person since I was a young boy writing about a killer bee chopping the heads off of its victims in first grade. I’ve spent my entire life being a creative writer, which led me into the field of Public Relations. I became professional storyteller.
In high school, I picked up a bass guitar after watching Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue light his legs on fire while playing his bass. I knew that’s what I wanted to do…Play bass for a rock band! It gave me the outlet to creatively write my own music through the years.
When I met the guys from Rahway, we were like-minded musicians with the same taste in music and the same sense of humor. When I joined this band, I knew I had found a new home in music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I became a Public Relations professional after receiving my Master’s Degree in the field. I got to dig my teeth in as PR Manager for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, where I opened the property back in 2018. I helped in garnering over 10 billion media impressions for the property’s Grand Opening. A feat I was very proud of and was simply unheard of for casinos in this region. From there, I became the brand storyteller of that property for two years, but then accepted a position at a competing casino to do the same thing I did for Hard Rock, which I was able to do and made that other casino one of the top three casinos in the market. I became one of the most well-known PR pros in the Atlantic City market.
I wasn’t always in Public Relations and in a great rock band. I was also a cast member on a world famous radio morning show, called “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on New York City’s Z100. Since I left, the show has been syndicated and can be heard around the world still today. I later became a producer for Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg and her Morning show “Wake Up With Whoopi” which was short-lived, but my time in radio allowed me to make many celebrity and entertainment contacts, which really helped me build my brand.
I also wrote a weekly column for a music newspaper in the New Jersey / New York area called The Aquarian Weekly, where I wrote about local music and interviewed rock stars from Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue (my hero), Slash from Guns N Roses, Rob Zombie and members of Anthrax just to name a few.
I’ve had quite a journey musically and professionally and I get the feeling the ride is not over.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If where talking about Arizona, which by the way is one of my favorite states in the world, I would suggest getting a car and taking the ride out to Sedona for a couple of days! I love it out there. I love the energy and I love me some cactus fries! Everyone is so laid back and the backdrop is absolutely gorgeous! Then, I would take them to Jerome for the day to do some wine tasting at Caduceus Winery (owned by Maynard Keenan from Tool). I would also recommend taking the ride up by Flagstaff to drive through the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.
After the Grand Canyon, I would take my best friend back towards the Scottsdale and hit Old Town Scottsdale, which is always a lot of fun! I would also try to get in a Diamondbacks game or a Cardinals game depending what part of the season it was.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to dedicate my shoutout to my wife, Laila, who has been my support system since the day we met. Unlike most rocker wives, Laila has supported my love for writing and playing live music. She was the catalyst for also me continuing my education through a Masters Degree in Public Relations. She has been my partner in crime, my best friend and my inspiration to live my life to the fullest. Not to mention, she is the mother of my children.
The guys in my band, Rahway, also deserve the credit because they’re a constant inspiration to the music that we write together always making me play better and work harder.
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