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Tim Van Der Kuil

Birth Name Tim Van Der Kuil
Born Unknown, currently age 44
Occupations Guitarist for Adele
Instruments Guitar, banjo
Albums Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Tim Van Der Kuil is a guitarist, who currently plays guitar for Adele. He played guitar for her during her Adele Live tour. He had formerly worked with Adele's guitarist and bassist Sam Dixon in a band with Sia and was reunited with him when they began working for Adele. Van Der Kuil also previously worked with Daniel Merriweather and met Adele through performing with him, because she sang Merriweather's song "Water and a Flame" with him.


Tim Van Der Kuil grew up in the Perth hills and attended WA Academy of Performing Arts Trinity College. After playing at local haunts, such as the Raffles, Charles Hotel and the City Hotel, with local covers band Worlds End, the trained jazz guitarist shifted to Sydney in 1991, where he played in pop singer Jenny Morris' band. In 1996, he relocated to London where he formed the rock group, the Vegastones, which were signed to Richard Branson's V2 record label and "spent around five years doing the toilet tours around the UK" before splitting.

More than twenty years ago, the Mundaring Arts Scholarship Trust awarded young guitarist Tim Van Der Kuil of Darlington a scholarship to help him launch a career in the super-competitive world of music. Two decades on, and now based in London, Tim is playing guitar for Adele, the Grammy award-winning British singer who, with album sales of more than 10 million, is currently the world’s highest selling artist in her field.
Over the past 20 years, Tim has performed or recorded with such big names as Robbie Williams, The Script, Daniel Merriweather, Sia, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Moby, Ray Davies, Sugababes, Delta Goodrem, and Tina Turner. He has toured the US, appeared on the David Letterman show, and last December played at a Royal Variety performance in London.

"It’s hard forging a career in the arts, let alone doing it while living in the Perth hills", recalls Tim. "The scholarship enabled me to buy equipment that I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. This helped me to play professionally and make the move into playing gigs in the city, as until then I had only been playing locally."
Gaining that essential experience in Perth encouraged Tim to move to Sydney and eventually London. "So you could say that the scholarship kick-started my whole career. I think everyone needs a kick-start in the music business, and in the arts in general. I feel extremely fortunate that I had that start." [1]

Tim is currently a father of two.

Relationship with Adele

After meeting Adele through touring with Daniel Merriweather, who had performed his single "Water & A Flame" with, she offered to make him a cup of tea, and soon after demanded her management track down the "Aussie from Merriweather's band". Tim joined Adele's touring lineup in November 2010, after the release of her sophomore album, 21. He was there when Adele first started experiencing problems with her voice on the Adele Live tour. When asked about it, he said: "She'd get really upset," he said. "The first time it happened we were in America - I think we were in Minneapolis - and she went to do a sound check and started singing and the notes just weren't there at all. It was very tough on her." [2]

Exclusive Adele Wiki Interview

Recently, the Adele Wiki was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Tim, as seen below:

1) How did you discover the Adele Wiki?

I Googled my name one day and it's the first thing that comes up!

2) What is your favorite Adele song?

To play, "I'll Be Waiting". To listen to, "One and Only".

3) You've worked with quite a few musicians in your career, including Adele, Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, The Script, Tina Turner, and Daniel Merriweather. Do you have a favorite musician you've worked with so far?


4) If you could work with one musician (who you haven't worked with yet), who would it be and why?

Eric Clapton because he's awesome.

5) Do you know if Adele has any upcoming plans to go on tour again after the rest of her Adele Live tour was cancelled?

I'm not sure at the point.

6) Have you always wanted to be a musician?


7) How long have you played guitar?

30 years.

8) Do you have any tips for other aspiring musicians who want to be as successful as people like Adele?

Work out what it is that you do that is unique and go with it.

9) What is it like touring with Adele?

Pretty amazing. Very low key. No private jets or Kristal.

10) As a kid, who were some of your biggest musical influences?

Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin.

11) Is it true you attended the BRIT School with Adele?

No that was Ben, the other guitarist.

12) What is it like touring with someone like Adele, and how close are you to her and the other members of her band?

It's a really nice touring family. The band all get on well, and Adele always pokes her head into the dressing room for a chat before show time.

13) Does Adele's band have any particular name they go by, or is it just Adele's band, pretty much?

Adele's band.

14) What do you do when you're not playing guitar in front of thousands of people? (In other words, what do you do in your free time?)

Hang out with my family, write and produce, studio stuff, etc.

15) What is the best part about being able to work with as big of an artist as Adele?

Getting to perform great music with an amazing artist night after night. I'm very fortunate to have that opportunity.


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