So a couple of weeks ago, TiMO dropped “Move” and I figured we haven’t spoken with him in some time so I was bursting with questions on everything from his hairstyle to selling out in Bloemfontein and of course, every DJs anguish; what song should follow See You Again in your set? His answer is pretty ambitious.
Richard Chemaly (RC): So back in the early 2000s, Guns ‘n Roses announced their new album would be called “Chinese Democracy” but when they didn’t release it for years, Offspring announced that they would releases an album called “Chinese Democracy”. When Axel Rose threatened to sue, Dexter Holland’s response was, “Well, Axel ripped off my hairstyle so I thought he’d be cool with me ripping off his album name”. How do you feel about guys like Donovan Copley ripping off your hairstyle? Would you steal a Hot Water album name in retaliation?
TiMO ODV (TO): *laughs* If it suits him, he can keep it but if an album name suits me, then I’ll keep it!
RC: As a great producer, people often expect you to be a great DJ. How do you take that pressure and what, of the two functions, do you prefer doing?
TO: I definitely prefer the producer side, basically because it allows you to create something that then has the chance to open peoples’ minds. As a DJ you’re always expected to rock the crowd, which isn’t always the nicest since, as an artist, you want to expose people to new things all the time.
RC: Even working with contestants on The Voice, is it daunting to have all this power and access to talent in the palms of your hands and do you ever have to restrain an ego build up?
TO: I don’t really think about those things. I just go on living my life as if no one knows me or knows who I am, only because I’m not a fan of people with egos. I try my best to be down to earth.
RC: You recently sold out in Bloemfontein, a feat not many can muster. Most would avoid my home town but you went all out. Is it something you feel proud of?
TO: Yes! Definitely! It’s always lovely going to a place you never go to and being received with open arms. It’s the kind of thing that really warms my heart, so I do feel proud of that.
RC: In my DJ’ing days last year, I’d play See You Again because it was requested all the time but then struggled to find a song to follow it and still retain my crowd. “Move seems like an ideal transition if you can brave the beat matching. Are you trying to monopolise the entire DJ playlist with your catalogue?
TO: *laughs* no. I’m just always trying to make something that I would like to vibe to in a club. Always when I sit in my studio, I ask myself how will people dance or react to this; will they have the right energy, will there be too little energy or too much energy or just enough energy?
RC: What’s the pressure like when you have a meteoric rise such as yours but then have to deliver more product. Like how do you avoid going full Springbok Nude Girls and put out great music only to be followed by a terrible album?
TO: I realized that to make something good, you can’t put pressure on yourself. I’m perfectly okay with never making a big song again as long as I love what I’m making.
I honestly believe bad music only comes from artists trying to deliver something that they think people want instead of just trusting that you are a creator and then creating something people can get into and love.
RC: All the best with the new EP. Finally, what is the goal with this one? Is there a stage you wish to conquer a club you want residency in, a film you want to feature in or a fest you want to headline?
TO: I just wanna hear drunk people chant my dumb little line whenever I play a set, *laughs* – that’s actually all I wanted from this EP.