TimO ODV talks about his ‘Move’ to a new musical direction
Timothy Oude Vrielink, better known as TimO ODV has been making waves in the South African House scene, but as most things grow so does this talented producer.
We chat to him about his time in Europe, his move to the darker side of techno, staying true to oneself as an artist plus he gives us his roster for his December gigs.
You get two different types of crowds – ones that want to be entertained and ones that are there for a good time to listen to new music.”
Your new EP, “Move,” takes fans to the dark underworld of a more techno/house sound. What has influenced this change and how are you enjoying it?
Definitely after I went to Europe and got exposed to a lot of techno it changed and it was also the way commercial dance music went that gave me a choice.
I could try keep up with trends and all of a sudden make down tempo tropical house, or I could stay true to how I felt and follow a different path, and that’s what I decided to do.
Where do you draw inspiration from? Gigs, listening to music, playing around on the DAW?
TimO ODV: All three actually.
Gigs always let you see what people are listening to, listening to music lets you see what people all around the world are doing and playing around in your DAW lets you experiment with sounds and then create your own take on everything you’ve taken in.
What has been a standout moment in the lifespan of TimO ODV as an artist?
Definitely moments like Rocking the Daisies or Rage; when you start playing and the floor goes from a few hundred people to a couple thousand and they’re all on a certain vibe and you get to play the music you love.
…there are millions of people that listen to all sorts of music and to be an artist you just have to stay true to yourself.”
What is your dream gig and why?
TimO ODV: I don’t have a dream gig; with gigs it’s just about a dream crowd.
You get two different types of crowds – ones that want to be entertained and ones that are there for a good time to listen to new music.
The latter is always more fun because you don’t have to play hit after hit after hit to keep them happy; you can play deeper music people haven’t heard.
You went to Europe in 2016. What was your favourite destination and why? Tech/house is massive there; did you learn some tricks musically?
TimO ODV: What it taught me was there are millions of people that listen to all sorts of music and to be an artist you just have to stay true to yourself.
My favourite was definitely ADE [Amsterdam Dance Event]; techno for like 5 days straight – what’s better than that?!
‘Changing’ sounds can be delicate regarding fans. How have your fans received ‘Move’?
TimO ODV: It’s done very well with the fans.
I fortunately was very blessed to be able to move from a commercial sound like ‘Find My Way’ to darker club music with my EP after ‘Dancing Again’ and ‘The Kingdom’ blew up and a lot more people understood the sound and the vibe.
Any upcoming gigs your fans can catch you at?
01 December – Litchi Party (Durban)
04 December – Plett Rage
05 December – Madison Avenue Rivonia (Johannesburg)
08 December – Durban Rage
09 December – Get Lucky Summer (Mozambique)
15 December – Neverland (Zimbabwe)
16 December – Corona Sunsets Festival (Cape Town)
21 December – Crush Ballito
22 December – Namibia Rage
26 December – Billy’s Beach St. Francis Bay
27 December – Zanzibar (Plettenberg Bay)
28 December – Peachy Beach Kenton-On-Sea