Tim Rice-Oxley was born on June 2, 1976 in Oxford, England as Timothy James Rice-Oxley.As a teenager he was taking piano classes,but as he hated them and found them unbearably boring, his parents stopped them. After it he developed a liking for piano and so taught himself how to play, mainly because of The Beatles. Now he is considered to be multi-instrumentalist with piiano, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, keytar, guitar, synthesizer, recorder, harpsichord skills.
In 1995 Richard Hughes, Tim Rice-Oxley and Dominic Scott started their first band, The Lotus Eaters.It was a cover band that played U2, Oasis and The Beatles at Sussex pubs. In 1997 Tim convinced the other two to let Tom Chaplin join the band as an acoustic guitar player.
In early 2010 that he was working on a side-project "Mt. Desolation" along with his bandmate Jesse Quin, which resulted in an album release and supporting tour.
He was also writing songs for Gwen Stefani and Kylie Minogue, but currently he provides live and studio backing vocals for Keane except some studio songs.
In 2011 Rice-Oxley built "Sea Fog Studio" at his home,which is named after the Keane's song "Sea Fog"
Quotations: I remember having piano lessons when I was very young, and I never practised. It was just boring, it was all classical music, and I didn't like it. I always had to do exams, you know these theory exams, where they make you sing, god it was so humiliating! Anyway, so eventually because I never practised, my parents made me give up and said they don't want to pay for the lessons anymore but of course, being a typical kind of difficult teenager as soon as I stopped having lessons I had actually wanted to play the piano. So I started teaching myself.