Beatdrum, the musical alter ego of Tim Suckow (b.1968), is an artist from West Michigan with roots in high school band and orchestra. 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 band that lasts to this day. This duo is responsible for the release "Don't Tell Me" and many other high-quality original songs.
He served in the United States Navy for nearly 13 years, mostly as an Air Traffic Controller. 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 post lasted 4 years and ended when he embarked on a new career in the automobile manufacturing industry. However, Tim still leads the Evangelism Committee 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). The 3-song "Made for Radio" EP was released on June 25, 2013. His rendition of the Christmas carol "Silent Night" is offered as a free download and a full music video is broadcast on YouTube generating thousands of views. His first Contemporary Christian single "Down to the Ground" was presented January 14, 2014. The first song from Beatdrum to make broadcast radio was "What If" on WHEY-FM 88.9 MHz (North Muskegon, Michigan) in February 2015, followed soon after by "Back To Detroit" on WLCS-FM 98.3 MHz (North Muskegon, Michigan) in April 2015. A full album is planned for 2016.
Tim often enjoys model railway creation and is a lifetime Detroit Tigers baseball fan.