TiMO ODV burst onto the scene back in 2015 with his smash hit ‘Save Me’. The track did phenomenal things on radio and now, after dropping hits such as ‘Find My Way’, ‘I Need You’ and ‘Make You Love Me’, TiMO solidified himself as one of the most exciting acts on the South African dance front. The producer recently dropped his debut EP ‘Origins’ and this week, he chats to me about his new release, producing and singing on his own tracks and the South African dance space.
You discovered your passion for music a little late in life. How did your musical journey begin?
My journey started by simply hanging out in clubs and hearing a lot of dance music until one day I decided “Ah, I want to make this kind of music”. The rest is history.
You burst onto the scene with ‘Save Me’ which has become one of the biggest local tracks of 2015. Why do you think people identified with the song so much?
I’ve realized South Africans love nice sing along vocals and big basslines. ‘Save Me’ had both of those elements. The response to the song has been phenomenal and one I am very proud of.
Talk to us a bit about your style of producing and what makes you different from other artists releasing music at the moment.
I think I’m different from other people because I do everything myself. Most artists will look for a singer for their beat or singers a producer for their voice whereas I am the producer, the singer, the composer and the mixing engineer all on one song.
You sing in your songs as well. Is it more difficult producing your own vocals on a track?
In the beginning it’s 100 times harder because you have to do so much more work and acquire different skills but it gets a whole lot easier once you get the hang of it.
You’ve just dropped your debut EP ‘Origins’. What makes this the perfect introduction to you as an artist?
It shows people the real TiMO ODV. The dirty beats and the catchy vocals show a side of me you won’t necessarily hear on mainstream radio and I love that about the EP.
Your hit single ‘Make You Love Me’ is a darker track than we’ve ever heard from you before. Talk to us a little bit about the single and the production behind it.
The single is darker to accommodate the darker EP in general. I like making darker music because it’s where it all started for me. It’s also the music that goes down better in clubs so, naturally, I shift back and forth.
The local dance scene is blowing up at the moment. Why do you think the genre has become so successful?
South Africans love bass and we’re addicted to music that makes us dance. We are also slowly finding our own voice and our own sound which makes the dance scene an interesting place to play in.
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