Tim Leitch aka Spit Stix





Tim Leitch was born in Los Angeles into a musical family. Both his parents and all his sibilings played or performed. At 8 Tim chose drums and began to play Bosa and Jazz. At 12, he began tutoring with Marine drum and bugle corp. instructor Don Clark, and speed drummer Deane Hagen (son of film/TV composer Earle Hagen). By 17 he had studied with jazz icons Joe Pass and Art Pepper, and performed with Ralph Humphries and Don Ellis.

Later he joined seminal hardcore LA punk band FEAR, performed with avant-garde singer Nina Hagen, Lydia Lunch, John Belushi, LA African Beat Kwashi, and Dick Dale to name a few.

Tim’s pursuit of mastering his craft lead him to learn production, engineering, and songwriting skills from such pioneers as Richie Podler, Bill Cooper, and Bob Clearmountain.





In 1983, Tim produced the first Red Hot Chili Peppers recordings that lead the band to their first recording contract. Those sessions were later released in 1994 as “Out in LA”, EMI. Tim had his first top 40 hit with “Paraiso” (WEA Latina artist Chantelle). His credits also include scoring the feature film, “Night Eyes II” and the film short, “In the Meantime”, as well as ghost composing many other feature films under Steve “Don’t You Forget About Me” Shift.

Having performed on Saturday Night Live on Halloween 1981, New York City called for him and in 1992 he moved there from Los Angeles.

In 1993 Tim came off the road with FEAR and began learning Sonic Solutions at Soundtrack Recording Studios then was trained on Pro Tools at Digidesign's Pro School.

By 2000, Tim was working for Bang Music and independant NYC artists such as Shep Pettibone, John Marinello, Duncan Shiek, and Duane Lavold to name a few. He continued teaching Logic Pro software privately, and demonstrating for software and digital audio hardware manufactureres at trade shows.

In 2003, Tim partnered with Emmy award winning composer Patty Strotter, scoring HBO documentaries and music and sound design for children's books on-line. He continues to compose with her today.

Tim now lives in the Pacific Northwest where he performs with Nasalrod.



To learn more about Tim, you can visit his other sites:

NASALROD << Site >>

SPIT STIX, a punk chronicle



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