Cub Sport’s Savvy Seven

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It’s been a huge month for Brisbane’s own indie/pop darlings Cub Sport. With the release of their latest album ‘This Is Our Vice’ smashing the Australian Independent Charts, making noise over in the U.S and touring around the country with Saskwatch it’s a wonder they’ve still got their heads screwed on straight. Frontman Tim Nelson sat down to talk about his Aqua obsesssion and adoration for Ezra Koenig in this weeks Savvy Seven.

Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?

The first song I was inspired by was Aqua – Doctor Jones.

As a 6 year old I thought it was a great song and it made me want to be in a band.
How did you get started in music and did you ever even think you’d get this far?
I had piano lessons from when I was 6 and did all of my AMEB exams. I started singing and writing songs when I was 14 then started playing with Dan, Sam and Zoe not long after finishing school. My original plan was to be a dentist but after we got some radio support, started touring and signed a record deal I un-enrolled from dentistry so I could keep doing music. I never thought of music as a career option before it all happened, so it’s been a pleasant surprise!
What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
Meeting Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) backstage at Falls.
How has your music practice changed over time?
I used to write songs mainly just at a piano but for this album I set up a little studio in my room. I started recording songs as I was writing them which made it easier to play around with arrangement and trial lots of different parts as I was developing the songs. I think this has brought a bit more depth to our sound and has stretched us stylistically.
My top business tip for new artists is…
Always fly with the same airline so you can get your frequent flyer points up and get into the lounges. The Virgin lounges have saved our lives on many dusty mornings.
My biggest career mistake has been…
Meeting Ezra Koenig and not telling him how beautiful his skin is.
In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
Kanye West only releasing his album on Tidal. I’ve got Spotify playlists I want to add those songs to.

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