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TIM HELMY IS A MAN OF MANY TALENTS, “ SHARING HIS TIME BETWEEN MAKING MUSIC, IMAGERY AND DELICIOUS CUISINE. FOCUS CAUGHT UP WITH HIM, TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIS CREATIVE INSPIRATION.”

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an you tell us about your connection to the Coffs Coast? Coffs is my hometown, really. Moving here with the family for my high school years, a lot of my core connections, lifestyle, beliefs etc. were all formed here, so it’s quite an important part of me, I guess. How did you find your way to this part of the world? Mum and Dad moved us five kids here for our development from Temora, NSW, a small country town near Wagga Wagga, where we had “Helmy’s Country Barn” - a kind of allin-one shop selling everything a supermarket, take-away shop and video game parlour would. Us kids would stand on milk crates and operate cash registers, selling cigarettes and deep frying chips between playing video games, pinball machines and feeding the jukebox ha ha ... ahhh, the memories! What is it that you do? 16 coffs coast focus.

DJing is the ability to match rhythms ... Be it scratching or mixing; it’s rhythm related, so I got quite good at it quite quickly. How would you describe your style and the music that you play? In a word, I would describe it as “soul” music, quite frankly. There’s a certain heartfelt, soulful groove that happens within the first 30 seconds of hearing any track and the greats before us have set it up for others to follow, so everything I play has that feeling; whether the writer is black or white, young or old, male or female is not important - just that feeling that the legends brought to us. I feel a strong connection with the sounds of Stevie, Bob, Chuck, James, Nina, Marvin, Otis etc., you get the picture, and with the plethora of music available these days, it’s that heartfelt sound that I’m searching for. Hip hop, Funk, Reggae, Blues, Rock etc. No soul? Not interested! So much has come from them, and I honour that sound

I never thought ey of making mon . ng Ji D or a career from h, uc m so it I just loved ing’, as it was my ‘th and , e’ in ic ed my ‘m ick qu got good real ve .” lo at th because of

Primarily I caravan the coast DJing, between Port Macquarie, NSW up to the Sunshine Coast, QLD at regular venues along the way. Secondly, I’ve started my journey into photography, which is quite exciting. I also have “Tum Tum’s”, which is an open food bar for private events, although I don’t see that going anywhere as my chefing years are over! Sorry, not sorry! You spend a fair bit of time behind the decks working as a DJ; what do you love about it? The DJing came from a percussion background, as I was a drummer in high school. I can’t sing, play guitar or anything melodic at all, but rhythm is something that comes quite easy to me. Mum said that I could tap along to a song before walking or talking, so I feel I’m just blessed enough to have something like that in my life.

and stick to that soulful sound and steer well clear of the “doof doof” sh#* getting around by most DJs these days. It’s repetitive, computer made, robot sounding garbage; in my opinion, it’s music for the head, not heart. Where is your favourite place to play? Rumpus Room, West End (Brisbane) QLD is my favourite, because of the people there. I find city people are more interested in hearing something new that they like or a classic that most people don’t even know is a classic; where coastal people generally like what they know, being triple j music or anything from Video Hits in the last 20 years. Not everyone mind you, but an overall generalisation, really. So playing a bunch of new finds and those underground gamechanging tracks goes down really well at Rumpus, where those same tracks aren’t appreciated as much in the coastal towns. What type of events do you play at? Mainly I have my venues up and down the coast, but here and there I have private events etc. I’m looking into incorporating live percussion into my sets, so I’ll hit the festival rounds when that’s ready to go too. Is this a full-time gig, or do you have a day job?

Coffs Coast Focus i75  

Issue 75 of Coffs Coast Focus

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