Timothy James Rice-Oxley (born 2 June 1976, in
England) is an
musician. He is the
Keane. He plays
bass. He also writes the songs for the band.
He took piano lessons which he hated. This because he had to play
classic music and he thought it was boring. Later, he began playing the piano listening to
The Beatles. In 2004, he won the
Ivor Novello award for Best
composer of the year.
In 1995, his friend
Dominic Scott told him to make a band. The band was called "The Lotus Eaters". They asked
Richard Hughes to play the drums.
Tom Chaplin would play bass. Rice-Oxley and Chaplin had been friends since they were children. In 1997, Rice-Oxley asked Chaplin to sing. The band changed its name to "Keane". When Scott left the band in 2001, Rice-Oxley started playing piano again and recording bass separately. He still does that.
Rice-Oxley married in February 2005.