Timothy Nelson & The Infidels’ Savvy Seven

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Widely known as Perth’s folk n roll darlings, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels recently won an impressive 5 categories out of their 7 nominations at the WA Music Awards (WAMi). A six-piece band who rove the stage skipping across different instruments, there’s no wonder their live show is a must see. Refusing to be pigeon holed in to specific genres, the band recently released new album ‘Terror Terror, Hide It Hide It’ and headed off on a national tour to celebrate. Unmistakable on sight by his interstellar ginger afro, Timothy Nelson has a wealth of experience and very kindly took the time to share his thoughts and advice on how to succeed in this industry.

1. The best live music venues in my area are…
In Perth, venues tend to close down if they feel things are getting too serious. So I try not to get too close to them. But I love The Rosemount Hotel and if any project developers even think of taking that one, they can meet me and my boys at 3pm at the bike racks.

2. The music scene in Perth is…
Friendly. It’s too small for subcultures to survive so the punk, rock, pop, folk, everything-else-scenes all blur into one weird looking party.

3. My top tip for artists who self-manage is…
Try not to sound like a business person when you talk about music. It’s boring and people will assume your songs suck.

4. In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
I think the bedroom-production thing is so big now a lot of artists aren’t writing songs with guitars, in a room with other human beings, as much. It’s a very healthy thing to be able to sit at the piano and write a song with someone else. Be less reliant on computers. I’m a snob though…

5. When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…
On the road you’re not exactly spoilt for choice a lot of the time. So I will have to say “the nearest one”.

6. My biggest career mistake has been…
That time one of the big talent quest shows on TV offered us a guaranteed spot in the semi-finals if we auditioned, and we said no. How could we be so stupid to turn down an opportunity like that? Excuse me while I vomit.

7. My best advice for emerging artists is…
Listen to as many records, old and new, as you can get your hands on. Try and keep a clear mind amongst all the social media rubbish you have to engage in and don’t forget why you wanted to write music in the first place. The industry might be changing but people still want to hear real music.

To get more Timothy Nelson & The Infidels up in your grill, head to their Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp and triple J Unearthed page.

 

 

 

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