Young and Up-and-Coming Music:
We love working with new and up-and-coming bands and musicians locally and around the world! It makes us feel good to help out the little guys, and promote real talent. We also want to be have the bragging rights one day to say we “discovered them” and smugly smile in the faces of so many corporate record labels and stale music publications.
I discovered Tim Newman through local YouTube star Ben Brown. Tim was featured busking on one of his vlogs, and I just had to check this kid out and hear his story. At the time, I had no idea that he was only 15! With the help of his many managers and understanding travel manager, I got an interview with Tim.
Tim, 15, has done a great deal with his short time in the public space and has nothing but the highest musical and creative ambitions that span the globe, he will do great things one day soon, you heard it here first!
Brett Magill (BM): Tim Newman, what the hell are you doing in South Africa? It’s crazy to think I just saw you in a vlog and now we’re having coffee!
Tim Newman (TN): I don’t know how much I can say about it right now, well, I guess it won’t be a problem, I’m working on a project with an airline, to film a documentary of a 16 year old, I will be 16 next year when we’re planning on launch it, busking around the world! The idea is also to connect with creative people, almost to form a network of creative people to work with. This trip right now is to scout about, here in Johannesburg and in Cape Town, for locations that I could busk at. It doesn’t have a name yet, but we’re working on it.
BM: I know it’s still early days, but how did you get started?
TN: I’ve grown up in a musical house hold, my eldest brother is a great musician and song writer, and it always inspired me to I guess follow in his footsteps a bit. I grew up listening to the classics, U2 or Michael jackson and so on, and at about 13, I started teaching myself guitar, playing in church, playing piano and signing in church, and then I started busking.
BM: How is busking different to other musical forms, what makes it your medium of choice?
TN: For me I think it builds your confidence, you can’t get much more nerve-wracking than standing on the street, you don’t know what people are going to do, wether they’re going to stop and listen or move on, it’s definitely nerve wracking in that way. It’s also more pure and real, you don’t get a second chance or take, what the passers by listen to is what they get, you’ve got to have the confidence to keep going.
BM: I noticed that you’ve got a camera, that whole setup, which is great! Do you vlog, is it something you’re interested in?
TN: About three or four years ago, I got into YouTube, and it started to interest me, and then I eventually watching daily vlogs, and it really appealed to me. I had a business, where I bred and sold gekkos, and I started making videos about that, it was good fun and I learnt a lot about having a business, then I branched out to doing more vlog styled videos, but they weren’t too good, you have to keep learning as you go. I eventually started doing some music covers, mostly busking for my videos, and that’s where I am now.
I then started my clothing brand.
BM: Tell me about your clothing brand? For a 15 year old, you hustle is impressive!
TN: I like wearing clothes that I like, I just started it, I made the designs, saved up money to get the stock, it was great. It went well, but it’s taken a back seat where music is at the front seat. But we’ve got some ideas for new designs soon too, it’d be nice to keep the brand going.
BM: I hate asking this kind of question, because it’s so vague, but What’s the future of your musical career, where do you want to go?
TN: I like that kind of question, it challenges me to think. I think the main thing is that there is so much negativity around the world, stuff that doesn’t achieve anything or mean anything in music, I want young people to listen music that matters, that makes a difference in their lives, instead of just music about getting drunk.
BM: Ok, so you’re doing a lot! But when can we expect the first official Tim Newman album to be dropped?
TN: It’s on it’s way, working on my EP now, it’s another reason why I am in South Africa, to connect with local song writers, to add to the creative process. I don’t know how long it will take to write it, but pretty soon. I’m always inspired by things that are happening around me and in the world, but sometimes, like any creative, I have a bit of a block. But hopefully you won’t have to wait too much longer, it should be on iTunes first.