TJ has been featured on Triple J's "Roots n All", featured album on ABC Brisbane, 4ZZZ, Trax and The Sunday Washup in Brisbane, 2SER and FBi in Sydney, 3RRR Melbourne as well as community radio around Australia.
The thing that strikes you about TJ Quinton is his ability to tell a story. He is also the most amazing and virtuosic live guitarist I think I've ever seen.
There was the bass notes, the chords, and the melody all created live within the one moment. The vocal play between himself and Ahliya Kite enhanced the mood even more.
It was such a special set from TJ Quinton and his accompanying duo, with a meaningful and intense vibe.
When listening to T.J. Quinton’s music you’re immediately imprinted with the imagery of Byron Bay’s luscious hinterland dropping off to a beach-side shore at sunset.
His sound draws influences from John Butler and Xavier Rudd, but his harmonies, smooth vocals and unique twelves string guitar sets him apart from the rest. At times even incorporating various spoken word elements into his songs.
T.J’s brand new concept album, Sorry Business, has had a lot of work put into the production; incorporating a vast mix of sounds and intertwining different genres, although never straying too far form that roots vibe. The listener experiences the narrative both sonically through changes in instrumentation and lyrically. I was curious to see how he would articulate this to the stage.
I feel T.J. Quinton is on the verge of that elusive concept, ‘breaking it’. Not only is he an exciting performer to watch, but a true musician.
- SOMETHING FROM THE SCENE
Easily one of Australia's most promising solo artists, T.J Quinton has been busy making a name for himself after his departure from prog/folk group The Deckchairs.
His playing is enchanting in a special way as he loops riffs repeatedly without becoming stale, but mesmerizing.
- THE MUSIC INITIATIVE
Local Brisbane artist TJ Quinton, skilled 12-string guitarist and storyteller, has already gained recognition as Tim Loydell, front man for progressive-folk band The Deckchairs. He now makes a foray into solo territory with an earthy debut album "Sorry Business".
The descriptor "acoustic folk" belies the depth and impact of this unassuming album. From the confident rhythms of opening track "The Owl", "Sorry Business" will gently, but assuredly, draw you into a world of inner reflection, sometimes melancholy but never without hope, backed by Quinton's superb guitar talents.
TJ's pleasingly husky and distinctively Australian vocals paint universal tales of life's survivors with a diverse musical palette that ranges from lilting folk to rhythmic roots and even hip hop stylings. Instrumentation needs no more than TJ's intricate guitar work, with percussion and occasional guest strings. Lyric, melody, rhythm and musicianship are apportioned equal care and attention to detail by Quinton, and it's refreshing to listen to an album where such a high level of craftsmanship in all areas is so evident, and where folk is not afraid to be passionate.
"Sorry Business" may not force itself down your eardrums on first listen, but will surely repay future listens in abundance if you take the time to let it in.
- ROBYN CLARE // 4ZZZ, BRISBANE
TJ Quinton is a local artist better known as Tim Loydell, front man of The Deckchairs. "Sorry Business" is his solo debut, and for fans of indie-folk, it's a release worth checking out with 11 hauntingly beautiful acoustic tracks with lyrics that are just as thoughtfully crafted as the melodies.
Quinton is a masterful guitarist, and although most of his tracks feature other instruments like strings and percussion, he can pull off an ambitious song simply by plucking his 12-string. His vocal delivery varies wildly, from an almost hip hop flow in some places to a passionate belting in others.
Highlights include "Strange to Care", which boasts a particularly striking chorus, and the gently melancholic "The Hollow". Like most roots releases, this album has an organic sound that doesn't incorporate fancy studio tricks or excessive instrumentation.
- SCENE MAGAZINE
His detailed guitar intricacies coupled with his soft vocals and knack for musical storytelling gives his album a raw, moving vibe that immediately captivates listeners.
Pick a Piece is an exquisite compilation of drums, guitar and distinctively organic vocals that has me up out of my chair and swaying within earphone cord length of my laptop, and As I Sat There showcases his wonderfully Australian accent with just a glimmer of similarity to Thirsty Merc, if they were so folkly inclined.
His delicate guitar work in King for a Day is passionately stirring and Fifteen Bars has an alluringly funky yet soft rhythm. Each song has its own uniqueness and yet the core similarities running through the album are unsuspectingly desirable.
Look beneath the surface lyrics to find richly illustrated themes that dissect contemporary values
- BMA MAGAZINE
When a boisterous but unassuming local muso takes to the stage with a detuned 12 string and starts playing it in a way most of the crowd can’t comprehend, it’ll blow any previous performance from the same night right out the water
- TSUNAMI MAGAZINE