A year in the life of TimO ODV [Interview]
Nearly a year ago we spoke to Joburg-based house maestro TimO ODV and already then, he exuded the wisdom of someone in the game for years.
His intentions are pure and completely driven by creating music as an expression of art and self, as he says about his wish for the music industry “More art and music, less wannabe fame mongers.”
This year has brought him growth, music and of course some down-time fun.
Catch him at Halloween 2018 next Friday, 26 October at Loftus D-Field in Pretoria. Hosted by RAM, Griet and Halloween PTA, his set will have you squealing with delight.
Hi TimO, welcome back to IDM. Last we spoke was nearly a year ago and you were excited for the new year, ready to bang out a darker sound. How has 2018 been for you thus far in terms of accomplishing musical goals?
TimO ODV: 2018 has been great so far – always a great time when I get to release new music.
You recently released your first tracks since 2017, namely “Feel Your Love” and “We Get Ravey,” and I must say I enjoy the ominous tones combined with happy arpeggios. How have you enjoyed your time in the studio and what are you excited for most?
TimO ODV: I enjoyed my time very much. Personally my goal has always been to keep growing as an artist and a person and I feel I have accomplished that with this new release.
You’ll be bringing ghoulish delight to Halloween 2018 featuring 3 stages and a plethora of musical monsters. What can fans expect from your set? Are you dressing up?
TimO ODV: I’ll be definitely dressing up and I’ll be bringing some dirty beats for Halloween – pretty amped for the gig!
You’ve definitely made it big in the music industry, though you still remain humble, kicking back in your garage studio. How do you remain level headed and humble despite being a super star in the SA electronic music industry?
TimO ODV: For me, it was never about fame or even to be super successful. It was just about doing what I love and staying true to myself by making music that I want to and so I keep my eyes on that.
What is your favourite thing to do in your down time?
TimO ODV: Play computer games and learn little bits of foreign languages.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
TimO ODV: More art and music, less wannabe fame mongers.
You lay down your own vocals to your tracks, and have a really great voice. This isn’t the norm with producers, though is refreshing to see. Have you always been a singer and at what moment you realised it is ‘record-worthy?’
TimO ODV: I worked quite hard for it to be record worthy. I still enjoy writing vocals but I much prefer the production side of things these days.
Apart from Halloween 2018, what can we expect from TimO ODV release-wise and gig wise?
TimO ODV: My next release will be an EP around March / April 2019 and just gigs for the rest of the year, so see you on the dance floor!