TiMO ODV Interview – New EP Origins Out Now
In this TiMO ODV interview we follow up on our first conversation with him just over a year ago.
He reflects on his journey over the past year, what it was like releasing music after his ‘Save Me’ hit and we chat about his new EP ‘Origins’ which has been released today. It can be overwhelming to experience chart topping success and continue to remain grounded in your production style without pandering to the audience.
TiMO ODV promises that he goes with what he describes as ‘the feeling’ when making music. He is also sure that his fans will understand where he is at with it all. As for those who have just started paying attention to his sound, he wishes for them to remain open minded.
I started leaning more towards the club to be honest, I know my fans that come to shows to watch me, will get it. The public at large though I’m not sure; I just hope they keep an open mind.”
The last time we chatted was in May 2015. You’d just signed to Universal Music and had a number one hit single on radio – ‘Save Me’. It seems crazy that this is only just over a year ago as you’ve literally become a household name since. When you reflect on the past year, how would you describe your trajectory and life right now?
TiMO ODV interview: The past year went very well. I was thrown into the deep end more or less since everything happened so quickly. But I’m back on my feet with a clear vision of what I want do and where I want to go from here.
On that note, is there any single thing about this past year that stands out above the rest?
TiMO ODV interview: Not really hey, it’s all been a dream.
How do you feel about our national broadcaster playing 90% local music?
TiMO ODV interview: Hmmmm, I’d like to keep my opinion of this to myself [laughs].
You’ve played some pretty big festivals over the past year (e.g. Ultra Music Festival) and I’m sure plenty of club gigs. Do you prepare differently for big festival type events as opposed to club gigs?
TiMO ODV interview: Not really, it’s all the same thing to me. I try to deliver the best possible show, whether it is for a large or small crowd.
Musically which artists (local or international) are you into at the moment?
TiMO ODV interview: Bryson Tiller, Drake, Franky Rizardo, Chainsmokers and a million more.
With your increased popularity how do you manage your time to still be able to fit in writing some beats and new songs? Are you one of those artists that is able to work on headphones and a laptop in a hotel room or do you prefer to be home in your studio?
TiMO ODV interview: When I started I hated working on headphones, but over the past twelve months I’ve become used to working on my laptop with headphones in hotels and wherever I am. I make the basic ideas on my laptop and then I move to my studio to finish them.
Your new EP ‘Origins’ is out today. What creative direction did you find yourself taking with this release and how do you hope your audience and the public at large might relate to it?
TiMO ODV interview: I just did what I loved and I started leaning more towards the club to be honest, I know my fans that come to shows to watch me, will get it. The public at large though I’m not sure; I just hope they keep an open mind.
Creating music with a sound that is impacting and has a message that is relevant is not an easy task. Do you find yourself working with any set/or loose formula when it comes to production and why?
TiMO ODV interview: Not really, it’s just a feeling for me and when something you’re working on has “the feeling” that is all that matters. The feeling is in the vocals and in the drums and in the melodies. It either has it or it doesn’t and it takes time to learn that feeling as a producer.
Which is your favourite track on ‘Origins’ and why that one in particular?
TiMO ODV interview: Dancing Again, it just has a really big nasty bassline that has murdered any sound system I’ve played it on.
When you were working on ‘Find My Way’ what sort of headspace would you say you were in?
TiMO ODV interview: That one was pressure [laughs] after Save Me it was hard to make another song but it ended up at number one on Shazam, so it did the job for me.
Musicians are all getting ready for the upcoming busy Spring and Summer months. What exciting prospects are ahead for you?
TiMO ODV interview: Gigs, gigs, and gigs hopefully people will know the songs from my [new] EP and we will all party together.
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