I first came across River Tiber by way of his dope song "Waves". Along with Daniel Caesar and Charlotte Day Wilson, River Tiber is part of this amazing new school of Toronto artists. I don't know what's in the water up there but check him out, super vibey and dope.
River Tiber Starter Kit
We spoke to the one-man band about how his song “No Talk” ended up becoming Drake’s “No Tellin’” and what it was like working with BADBADNOTGOOD on ‘Sour Soul.’
In the basement of a large rustic home in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, you’ll find what many up-and-coming musicians would consider heaven on Earth: a home studio with just about everything you’d need to create original music from scratch. Firewood adorns the studio’s steps, and paintings are scattered around its walls to create a welcoming mood akin to a chalet. As you go down a flight of stairs into the studio, a poster with Toronto-based artist River Tiber greets you, along with a neon red sign that lights his name. It’s a space that possesses not only the materials necessary to create but also the atmosphere to foster creativity. With a library of books and a collection of instruments, this incense-scented room is home to the sounds of River Tiber. In a separate mic room is the real pot of gold: a collection of instruments ready to be incorporated into music, such as the work he’s just done with BADBADNOTGOOD on the Sour Souls album.
Born Tommy Paxton-Beesley, the 24-year old one-man show behind River Tiber has made this studio into a safe place for himself and the musicians he collaborates with. He’s a Toronto born-and-raised singer whose ability to understand music and do more than just lay down vocals on a track recently landed him placement on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. He has been studying music professionally all his life, leaving him with the ability to act as a supporting artist, beat-maker, and producer when collaborating with others.
On the night of Drake’s surprise album drop, fans quickly took to Twitter to acknowledge Paxton-Beesley’s vocals, and the sampling of his unreleased track, “No Talk,” which ended up on Drake’s album as “No Tellin’.” (It was produced by Boi-1da and Frank Dukes.)