nON sTOP eROTIC cABARET – iNTERVIEW
Interview with Timmy Faith (TF) & Damo Devotion (DD) of nON sTOP eROTIC cABARET and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artists are you?
DD: Pop artists.
TF: Synth pop artists.
DD: But we not only write, record, and perform all of our own music, we also create our
own artwork, take our own publicity photos, make our own videos, and build our own
synthesisers, so I guess we could be considered to be multimedia artists.
TF: Or massive nerds.
DD: Or both.
TF: If you Google #nSECmUSIC, you can find all kinds of our work on YouTube, Instagram,
Facebook and Twitter – everything we do, we put out there for the world to enjoy.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DD: We were born in Yorkshire.
TF: Raised in Yorkshire.
DD: And we live in Yorkshire.
TF: We did go to Lancashire once, but we didn’t much care for it.
DD: I mean, what actually IS an Eccles cake?
TF: It’s another world.
DD: We’ll probably die in Yorkshire.
TF: In a bizarre gardening accident.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DD: Soft Cell, Human League, OMD, and Yazoo.
TF: Kraftwerk, New Order, A Certain Ratio, and the Happy Mondays.
DD: You always were cooler than me.
TF: Always will be.
DD: True… but we both love Science Fiction, and movies like Star Wars and Tron, along with
TV shows like Star Trek and Futurama, have been big influences on our music and lyrics, our
videos, and our whole off world aesthetic.
TF: I always wondered why we dressed like astronauts on stage.
DD: And you never once thought to ask?
TF: Nope. I just kind of went with it. It’s fun.
DD: It IS fun, isn’t it?!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TF: I’d like to play for Leeds United.
DD: And I wouldn’t.
TF: As a band, it would be great to play some really big festivals like Glastonbury.
DD: Or maybe tour the world supporting someone like Gary Numan.
TF: Is Gary Numan still touring?
DD: He is indeed.
TF: Gary, if you’re reading this, drop us an email – we’d love to work with you.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DD: We write completely separately in our own studios and, despite living just a few miles
from each other, we rarely meet.
TF: A bit like Morrissey and Marr back in the day. But with Synths.
DD: We used to work side-by-side in the same place at the same time, and we hardly ever
got anything done. Sometimes it would take weeks to finish one track.
TF: The song writing process usually begins with me creating an instrumental on my iPad,
and emailing it to Damo with a provisional title.
DD: I listen to the track, write the words, record some guide vocals and email it back to
Timmy to see what he thinks.
TF: Once I have had a listen, I send him all the parts, and maybe a thought or two about the
words or melodies, and then he remixes it, creating more space for the vocals.
DD: More often than not, I also redo the vocals at that point, and I also add a bit of
additional production drama here and there, and send it back. If it gets the final thumbs up
from Timmy, then it’s done.
TF: Job’s a good ‘un.
DD: Then one or other of us makes a video.
We usually average one song, plus a video, a week.
DD: Our song lyrics can be inspired by anything, really. When the instrumentals arrive in my
inbox, they always have a title, and nine times out of ten I take that as a starting point and
just run with it.
TF: He did tell me off a few weeks back for picking such odd names for the tracks.
DD: I wrote a whole set of lyrics based on the title “Doghouse”. They were ridiculous.
TF: I just picked it at random. I had no idea you were going to take it seriously…
DD: But apart from that particular track, which I seem to remember we renamed and turned
into something else entirely, most of the time the lyrics seem to just write themselves. It’s a
bit… odd now I come to think about it.
TF: Probably best not to think about it.
DD: You’re probably right.
TF: Technology has always played a big part in both our lives, and it’s kind of a central theme
which runs through a lot of the tracks we produce.
DD: Our debut single, Connected, is all about how you need to engage your brain whilst
looking at the things you are presented with online, as they are not always what they might
first appear to be.
TF: It’s really important that people learn to think for themselves, and don’t just assume
what they are being spoon fed is necessarily true.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TF: We are very active on social media.
DD: But we are not afraid to kick it old school, and hand out flyers, posters or #nSECmUSIC
stickers at other bands’ gigs.
TF: Nobody else seems to give out free stuff anymore.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TF: Legally or illegally?
DD: Either way, it has presented an enormous challenge to both artists and the music
industry as a whole.
TF: The fact that anyone can upload or download pretty much anything from the internet
for free, if they know where to look, is truly amazing.
DD: But it does mean it takes a lot longer for bands to be able to give up the day job.
TF: You have to get millions of streams, and sell a whole shed load of merchandise, in order
to make up for the lack of actual music sales.
DD: We worked out it would take one million Spotify streams for us to make £1000 each,
once the label has taken their cut.
TF: And then there’s the tax man.
DD: Indeed. What we would have left would barely cover the cost of our shiny new helmets.
PD: What song do you wish you written and why?
DD: Fireflies by Owl City. I was listening to it in the car today. It’s the perfect pop song.
TF: Autobahn by Kraftwerk. It’s the perfect anti-pop song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TF: That not everybody gets the opportunity to pursue their passions in life.
DD: People being mean just for the hell of it, especially online. One YouTuber, who shall
remain nameless, described one of our tracks as “Hot Trash”.
TF: We had to Google it.
DD: It was not a compliment.
TF: But we did think it would make a good album title.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TF: Getting signed was a pretty big deal for us.
D: We’ve always done everything for ourselves up to now, and it’s great to have The Animal
Farm team behind us to help us take it up a notch. Bam!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DD: We’ve recently finished mixing our second single, Mr. Moogie, which should be out in a
week or three, and it sounds amazing. But then again, we would say that, wouldn’t we?!
TF: We’ve also got a whole bunch of other new tracks in the pipeline.
DD: We never stop creating.
TF: I have a hard time keeping up with him sometimes, as he works so fast.
DD: I am very… focussed when I am working on something, and I do tend to get a bit over-
excited when Timmy sends me a new track. That’s why we now have a strict rule: new tunes
can only be sent over in the morning. When he sent them on an evening, I just used to stay
up all night working on them.
TF: Sometimes the gap between me sending him an instrumental, and it arriving back in my
inbox as a pretty much finished track can be as little as just a couple of hours. It’s
exhausting, but I am always pleasantly surprised by what he comes up with.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
DD: Connected is out now, and on all major platforms – Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer,
Amazon and so on… seek and ye shall find.
TF: We also have a whole bunch of our weird and wonderful videos on YouTube:
DD: If you search for #nSECmUSIC, you can also join us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
TF: People are sometimes surprised it is really is us on there.
DD: Why not pop in and say hello the next time you’re online?
TF: And get Connected.
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