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Interview: Timms New Single, "Pretty Ugly"


Welcome to BuzzMusic TIMMS! Your music is a flavourful mouthful that will likely change some perspectives. Can you elaborate on the message behind your lyrics? ‘Pretty Ugly’ I wrote about one of the first parties I went to when I moved out to LA. I spoke with someone I knew from a while back, who basically came up to me and just gave me a list of his achievements, and said ‘great catching up’, and walked off. It was such a robotic experience. I would much rather have known something raw and real about him, something ‘ugly’. It felt so two-dimensional and un-human. I can’t be anything other than my authentic self, and I don’t want to have to apologize for it or curb it for other people. I hope the music and the lyrics bring that across and inspire people to feel comfortable as they are, unpolished - I like you for you, and if you feel like a weirdo, well, then we can be weirdos together.  Compared to most artists, you have a very thinking outside of the box/ignoring the box in the first place attitude that makes your music exciting! How have you come to develop this perspective? I don’t think I’ve ever tried to be out of the box intentionally, I just try to make music I like and I hope someone else out there likes it too. I don’t wanna make something that sounds like the second-rate version of anything else - I’d rather take the risk to do something weird and fail than make something safe and pretty. I also like to experiment with sounds and ideas I haven’t really heard before, just because I get bored easily - lol. ‘Pretty Ugly’ starts with an anvil sample and incorporates sounds from horrors, and I think that’s pretty rad. My main collaborator, Not Famous, is really good at adding stuff like that, so we just basically get experimental and unhinged when we make music together - haha. You mentioned that you make music that sounds like what a hairless cat looks like. Can you describe what you mean by this symbol, and compare it to your music style? I just really like Sphynx cats. I like how polarizing they are - people either love them or hate them; people either find them beautiful or really ugly. I love that about them, and I guess I like that philosophy - it felt like a good representation of the music I wanna make. As a young artist, you have already had many major life experiences including a move to America and a college experience at Berklee. Can you tell us how you have grown and evolved from these experiences? How has this inspired your music? I think moving to the US definitely inspired a new level of independence, both personally and professionally. My family still lives in South Africa- so it’s been a journey of self-discovery I did by myself. I don’t think I would know myself as well as I do now if I hadn’t done this solo. That’s helped me to find confidence. I found out that I’m super flawed and broken, but I’m ok with that, and I’m ok with where I am in the journey as I grow and get better. I like to think that the lyrics and the music reflect that.  What can we expect to see from you next? I have a few more tunes coming out before July which I’m super excited about (definitely 2 maybe 3) - and then my plan is to go back into a writing phase to get even deeper and more personal. Once the world is normal again, I can’t wait to start playing shows. My favorite place to be is with the people to are listening to the music - and I can’t wait to see them and connect with them in person. That's what all of this is about at the end of the day - just a genuine human connection.


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