Interview: TiMO ODV

Photo Credit - TiMO ODV Press

Photo Credit – TiMO ODV Press

I caught up with one of the brightest up and coming, local, producer and singer’s, TiMO ODV, who is making a name for himself in the industry.

We chatted about his smash hit single, ‘Save Me’, which has been received to rave reviews and has made it to number 1 on local charts, as well as his hopes for his work in the industry.

Why did you pick the moniker TIMO ODV?

My name is Timothy and my surname is Oude Vrielink, TiMO ODV is just a shortened version of that.

How would you describe your sound?

I’d have to say deep house mixed with pop and a little bit of everything in between

Who are your musical influences?

Ryan Leslie, John Mayer, Sam Smith, Taylor swift, Chris brown, Stimming, Franky Rizardo, EDX and 1000 other artists.

What was it like working with Sarah Jackson on ‘Save Me’?

It was awesome she has a really beautiful voice, we been best friends for a while now and we have songwriting sessions every week. You should hopefully be seeing a song of hers soon.

‘Save Me’ has proven to be smash hit locally, what was your initial reaction to the response?

Totally, Totally, Totally overwhelming I didn’t expect the response at all to be honest. I’m still shell-shocked to be honest.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

I’d like to win a SAMA have a couple #1’s and reach the UK top 40 somehow, that for me would be a dream.

Last but not least, what is up next for you?

I think just new music, need to carry on making more music and just pray that people respond as positively as they have been.

New Music: Go Periscope

Photo Credit - Go Periscope

Photo Credit – Go Periscope

I have been following Go Periscope for the better part of 5 years now and each release is as exciting as the next.

When I first discovered Joshua Frazier, Florin Donovan and Seth Bolin, I had stumbled upon one of their latest mixtapes. Imagine most of the your favourite songs, and then some, all in one compilation but with a twist. Think, Eminem, Drake, The Glitch Mob, Daft Punk and Kanye. Think Go Periscope‘s take on some of the songs, adjusted, tweaked, mashed up and wholly their own.

Years later, I still have their Mish Mash mixtape on hand for a night out as well as their latest takes on some of my favourites.

I stumbled upon their enchating take on Eastside’s cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Don’t’ and Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ and fell in love all over again.

Their latest spin is on Ember Island’s cover of ‘Where Are Ü Now’ by Jack Ü and it is tropical, dreamy, indie pop at its best.

I can’t wait for more from them!

Where To Go: Pharrell Williams

Photo Credit - Blog Benetton

Photo Credit – Blog Benetton

When the news that Pharrell Williams would be coming to South Africa, thanks to Woolworths, there was a collective jaw on floor, is this really happening moment experienced by all fans.

Williams has worked, and created smash hits, with Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears. He also has the title of Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010 with over 100 million copies of his productions sold worldwide.

Now, two dates have been announced for shows in September. He will be performing in  Cape Town on Monday 21 September at Grand Arena, GrandWest and in Johannesburg on Thursday 24 September at Ticketpro Dome.

Tickets for the public go on sale Friday 29th May. The best part? Woolworths cardholders enjoy an exclusive 2-day pre-sale access. What are you waiting for? Get going!


ps If you are a fan of Williams then you will love this take on Daughter’s, my favourites, cover of ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk. Think an injection of the soulful, funky and fresh sound that made the original so popular perfectly paired with  Elena Tonra’s haunting and melancholic vocals. It is simply sublime.

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