- Singer / Composer / Producer
Beatdrum, the musical alter ego of Tim Suckow, is a Christian artist from West Michigan with roots in high school band and orchestra. After being voted "Most Musical" by his graduating class (North Muskegon High School, 1986) he formed a long-term collaboration with an exceedingly talented keyboardist in a garage rock band that lasts to this day, writing music together that has appeared on iTunes and on radio/TV commercials.
He served in the United States Navy for nearly 13 years, mostly as an Air Traffic Controller, attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class. In 2010 he was honorably discharged prompting him to accept the position of church custodian (Our Redeemer Lutheran - Muskegon, Michigan) and often could be heard singing while vacuuming the sanctuary floor and cleaning toilets. The sexton duties lasted 4 years and ended when he embarked on a new career in the automobile manufacturing industry. Tim is still an active member of his boyhood place of worship.
Shortly before his departure from military life he began experimenting with studio software to bring renewed vigor to his array of tunes that had been gathering dust for decades. Finally encouraged him to take the bold step of recording his own music for release to the general public, "Dance Girl Dance" was made available through the distributor CD Baby in March 2013 and can be found on all major digital distribution platforms (iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, etc.) His rendition of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" is offered as a free download and a full music video is streamed on YouTube generating many views. "Back To Detroit (Motor City Remix)" was aired on WLCS-FM 98.3 MHz (North Muskegon, Michigan) numerous times prior to baseball radio broadcasts April-August 2015 leading to the full production CD album release "A Secret Never Told" in 2016.
Driven by a passion for duty-bound servanthood, major plans are coming to fruition to record a fully Christian album.
Tim often enjoys model railway creation and is a lifetime Detroit Tigers baseball fan.