Who inspired you to make music?
We were both inspired by our respective parents’ love of music. Timmy’s parents were a big part of the Northern Soul scene, and Damo’s parents were part of the folk scene, so we both grew up surrounded by all kinds of weird and wonderful music.
What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?
We work in separate studios, and rarely meet. Some people find that odd, but it works for us. Timmy creates an instrumental, gives it a title, and sends it to Damo who comes up with the words and the vocal melodies, then the tune is batted back and forth over the internet, with each of us adding or suggesting things, until we have a finished track we are both truly happy with. Then we start on the next one.
What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?
Connected (available on all major platforms!) is our first official single release, and so of course that has a special place in our hearts, but our next single, Mr. Moogie is the one which got us signed to The Animal Farm label, and we think it might actually be even better than Connected. The way we see it, if every track we release is better than the previous one, then we know we are going in the right direction.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Don’t bore us, get to the chorus. As club DJ’s, it is in our nature to put bare bones beats at the beginning and end of our tracks to help us mix them in and out when we play live, but one of the problems with that is that it can take a while to get to the things which make the track stand out, and which bring listeners in. Our tracks now have much more immediacy, and are much more radio and streaming friendly because of it, and we will always be grateful to our manager, Ville Leppanen, for that particular golden nugget.
If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)
A persistent internet cookie, which cannot be erased, and which ensures your internet browser always directs you to #nSECmUSIC every time you go online. If that’s not possible, then a spotty dotty one covered in Smarties will just have to do.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The good news is that there are no longer gatekeepers, and anyone and everyone can create and upload music to the internet. The bad news is that every day 40,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify, and it’s so much more difficult to stand out from the crowd. That’s why we decided to sign to The Animal Farm, so they could help us stand out from the crowd and take things to the next level. So far, it’s working really well. If it wasn’t, then we probably wouldn’t be talking to you!
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
We would bring back Top Of The Pops, so we could be on it, and we would insist that labels and streaming services had to reinvest the billions they have made from our music by supporting bands, festivals, clubs and live music venues, which are all struggling to keep afloat at the moment.
What is the most useless talent you have?
None of the talents we have are useless. We not only write music, but we also make videos, take photographs, create artwork, and build our own synthesisers, amongst other things. We never stop creating. If you Google #nSECmUSIC, you can see the kind of things we get up to for yourself. At the moment we are creating a huge interactive robot which will join us on stage when we play live. It’s going to be awesome.
When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?
We have always said that when making music stops being fun, we would stop making music, so we would like people to think “Non Stop Erotic Cabaret always looked like they were having fun”. Because we were.
What is your most recent project/upcoming project?
At the moment we are working on some new multimedia visuals and a whole new stage show for when we play live. All we need is for the pandemic to push off for good, and we will be hitting the road with a vengeance.