Following his sold-out Belsonic show in 2018, Timmy Trumpet returns to Belfast along with special guest Jonas Blue, Fedde Le Grand, MaRlo & Jay Pryor at Boucher Road Playing Fields Belfast on Saturday, August 24th. Mark Millar caught up with Timmy to talk about the show.
Timmy Trumpet: DJ, producer and live instrumentalist Timmy Trumpet is undoubtedly one of the most prolific performers in the DJ Mag Top 100. An award-winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist, Timmy has forged his way to the top of the industry alongside other influential artists taking the world by storm. His breakthrough release “Freaks” has reigned in over half a billion streams, reached six times platinum status in Australia and dominated the charts in ten countries, becoming the highest-selling track of all time on Ministry of Sound Australia. His music career boasts an extensive resume spanning over twenty years from early beginnings as a classically trained jazz musician. At the age of thirteen, Timmy was named ‘Young Musician of the Year’ before being granted a full scholarship to the Conservatorium of Music, where Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Anthony Heinrich tutored him. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band, taking part in an extensive European tour covering some of the world’s biggest jazz Festivals.
Hi, Timmy what was your first musical memory?
TT: My father plays the trumpet and my first memories of music are listening to him play as a child. I’ve always wanted to play the trumpet as long as I can remember and to share my passion with my Dad is an honour.
When did you start playing the trumpet?
TT: I’ve been playing the trumpet as long as I was able to hold it. It’s second nature to me and I’ve never known any other way.
How did you go from playing the trumpet into dance music?
TT: The first time I heard Daft Punk on the radio I remember jamming along to it and making up my own riffs and melodies. That was the first time I got into dance music but I had no idea that I would take it this far. Outside of playing in traditional Jazz bands, the first time I played as a soloist was with other DJ’s. I would get invited to play with bigger DJ’s and it wasn’t long before I was invited to go to Ibiza and play alongside some of my favourite electronic artists. I loved the whole experience so much that I taught myself to DJ and started playing shows by myself and have never looked back.
Following you’re sold out Belsonic show in 2018, you return to Belfast to play Boucher Road Playing Fields Belfast on Saturday, August 24th. Are you looking forward to playing to the Belfast crowd again?
TT: Absolutely! No one parties like the Irish! The crowds in Belfast are always crazy and I can’t wait to get back on stage there again. This year’s going to be INSANE!!
It's wind downtime after a show... what's your go-to listen to unwind or recharge?
TT: I love listening to Jazz and classical music. I love all music, especially new music that changes the way you think about what can be done. I don’t really unwind after my shows, I just keep the party going. When I’m on a world tour I’m playing 4-5 shows per week and every time I’m off stage I can’t wait to get back up there.
There is a lot of great dance music around now. Which bands or artists are you most into?
TT: I love everyone from the artists I work with like Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to pop artists like Post Malone and The Chainsmokers. There are so many talented artists in the world making brilliant music and I’m a fan of good music. The way I see it there’s only two types of music – good music and bad music. If it’s good, it’s good!!
Your music career spans over twenty years from early beginnings as a classically trained jazz musician. At the age of thirteen, you were named ‘Young Musician of the Year’ before being granted a full scholarship to the Conservatorium of Music then going on to become an award-winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist. With all that in mind, what has been your greatest achievement so far?
TT: Probably the success of my track ‘Freaks’ with Savage. It went Gold in the USA and 6 x Platinum in my home country of Australia. That opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me to tour the world and share my music with people from every corner of the globe. Playing on the mainstage of festivals like EDC and Tomorrowland were also great highlights and this year I’ve played on festivals all over with monster artists that I’ve always looked up to. I closed Airbeat One in Germany a couple of weeks ago after The Chainsmokers and the Swedish House Mafia which was very surreal.
What are you most grateful for about being able to be a musician every day?
TT: Just that really. That I’m able to do what I love every day and share my art with the world. I wish everyone could do exactly what they wanted professionally every day but I know that’s not a reality and I really wish it was. I’ll always be grateful for that.
Out of all the records in your collection. Who do you have the most albums by?
TT: There are no records in my collection. Everything is digital these days and the beauty of that is that I have the exact same access to music that everyone with a Spotify or Apple Music account does. I wasn’t DJing back in the days of vinyl. I imagine it would have been pretty cool though in its own way.
What have you been listening to recently that you could recommend?
TT: I’m really digging hardstyle at the moment. It has a heavy focus on new and experimental sounds. So much respect for hairstyle producers. Some of them spend two weeks in a studio just working on a kick drum.
What’s next for Timmy Trumpet?
TT: It might sound cliché but more new music, more touring, and constantly evolving in the electronic music space. I’m excited to see where things go. I’m incorporating more live elements into my sets, and I’m always collaborating with artists and writing new music that turns me on. 2020 is looking massive! I can’t wait for the future.
Plus special guests
Boucher Road Playing Fields
Saturday, August 24th 2019
Tickets £37 + booking fee on sale now from Ticketmaster.