Tim Smile’s drapes have been altering our perceptions in London for almost 10 years, now that experience graces the front-loading buddha image of this website, flyers and many trance albums interview by nigel photon

What’s your history on the psy-trance scene?
It all started at Tyssen st in the mid 1990s with Subliminal Psychedelia and Smile. I then went on to do decor at parties all over England and occasionallly abroad for 8 or 9 years.

What are the influences for your work?
Nature, science, technology, biology, order, chaos, Bosch, Giger, Wooddroffe, Klimt, Dali, Magritte, Esher, Guadi, art nouveau, celtic art, magic, myths and a gang of small, furry, invisible creatures who plant ideas in my subconscious while I sleep.

What effects do you try to impart in arranging the draping inside a club?
I try to make people think they are actually somewhere nice, rather than the damp, smelly, grotty place they’re really in.

Which clubs do you drape now / do their flyers / which record labels have you worked for?
I have mainly been draping Chichime and Astral Phoenix. I do flyers for Chichime, Antiworld/Psygate, Sunrise, and Karroo. I have produced album covers for Transient, Phantasm and Dragonfly.

How do you go about creating a drape,a club flyer or artist's album cover?
If my little furry friends can’t help me, then I just start playing around with a image or texture that I like and it will grow from there.

What’s the favourite album cover you’ve designed?
Cosmosis’ Synergy album, Mindfield - Odyssey of the Mind cover and Psychedelic Dreams vol 1 on Transient. I think some of my best work is on the flyers for Chichime, Psygate vs Antiworld and Sunrise, (oh, and of course, the last two Revolve magazine covers).

A montage of just some of the amazing flyers that Tim Smile (Dow) has produced over the years, if u would like him to design an album cover or flyer for you please contact us and we will put you in touch. That's