On Sunday 3rd September, we host one of our most important Jaded and UK debuts of 2017; perhaps even ranking up there with those of Janice and I Hate Models. Over a strikingly brief space of time, Tim Tama has exploded onto our consciousness with releases on Obscuur, Taro Records, Grounded and Raven Sigh, but that’s just the beginning…
Hi Tim! We are so hyped to be hosting your UK debut at Corsica Studios next Sunday. You’re still something of a mystery to us and we’re sure to many of your followers in London. Could you tell us a little bit about your journey into techno, the first clubs or music events you visited, and your first inspirations artist-wise?
Hi, I’m very excited as well. I started producing techno intensively about 7/8 months ago. I’ve always been busy with making/playing music though. I’ve been playing guitar for about 10 years now, and grew up listening to bands like RHCP, The Arctic Monkeys, and Metallica. Later I started listening to more progressive stuff like Dream Theater, Meshuggah, and Animals as Leaders. The journey into techno was fairly gradual; I started out by listening to softer variants of the genre like deep house and tech house. But, because I listened (and still do) to a lot of metal music, I naturally gravitated towards the more heavy and dark side of techno music.
Other than (progressive) metal and heavier techno, I also listen to a lot of hip-hop/trap music. Artists like Travis Scott, one of my favourite rappers, really inspire me in terms of the ambience one can create within a track. My favourite Dutch hip-hop group is De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, I’ve been a fan since they released their first single called ‘Watskeburt?!’ in 2005. They are worth looking up, even if you don’t understand Dutch.
My favourite music events I have visited so far were the 2nd and 3rd edition of Katharsis, organised by Reaktor. Everything about those events just made sense to me: the visuals, the music, the venue, and the people.
You’re releasing on so many of our favourite labels right now. Was the process of handing over your tracks to an exterior force daunting at first?
I wouldn’t say daunting. I found it very exciting actually. But, the deadlines and the time it takes to actually release something on a label is a reason for me to release the music I make myself. I just don’t like being dependent on other people’s schedules haha.
You’re a prolific music maker, embracing so many different themes within your work… The Skin EP and Still Waters Run Deep to us, are the most evocative and emotional so far. Is this why you chose to release them independently..?
Thanks for the compliment. The reason for releasing them independently is pretty much explained in my previous answer. I just like to do everything myself, from mastering to the artwork haha.
To avid followers of Jaelos’s channel, you and your tracks appear to be something of a muse. How did you start collaborating and who comes up with the themes for the videos?
If I recall correctly, I sent Jaelos some tracks a long time ago. He posted them on his Youtube channel, and he’s been keeping an eye out for my tracks and posting them if he likes them ever since. The videos and themes are created by Jaelos himself entirely. I send him my music, and I guess some tracks invoke ideas for videos. I really enjoy them, as they add something extra to the music. So far, this collaboration has been quite fruitful.
Who should we look out for on your local scene?
One artist in particular that I think is very innovative and original is Sensive. You should check out his EP ‘Vacuum:void’. The grooves and percussion on his tracks are really nice. Would be nice to see him on a Jaded line-up.
Final question – what do you have in store for the Children Of Jaded this Sunday?
Expect a set with some variation. I like to alternate between heavy, fast, groovy, dark, and light.
He certainly does! Catch Tim’s set from 9am on Sunday 3rd September. Chris Stanford will be closing with the Sprungnacht crew taking over room 2. Get on the guest list here or grab early £10 tickets here .