Having started his musical career in several metal bands, the recording process fuelled Timmy Nawman’s passion for recording his own more punky, pop-punk, alternative rock flavoured brand of music.
Ohio-based Timmy released latest single Hollow last month as a follow-up to his EP Issues, which was released earlier this year. It kicks off with distant vocals “Why am I always feeling hollow and you’re just fine, I wish I didn’t see you around from time to time,” which gives way to a hit of punky guitar chords. Stabs of guitar kick in as the vocals take over, then the opening lyrics return in a big singalong chorus. Check it out in the video below:
A personal favourite from his album is Ex Boss, which portrays the anger one might expect would be aimed towards a former boss. It opens up with the line “I’d rather be broke than be an asshole, And you can talk down on me without good reason, Mood swings like the change of the seasons, And we’re all sick of your shit.” Then jumps into a chorus “Gotta get this off my chest, Do you even use knowledge, Do you use your head, ‘Cause if I’ve gotta be honest, You’re so full of shit.” Check it out below:
We had a chat with Timmy to find out more about his musical background, and his solo music generally. Read on below…
GR: Who is Timmy Nawman?
TN: “Hey I’m Timmy Nawman, and I’m an Alternative Rock solo artist from Urbana, Ohio. Growing up I was in a few metal bands, and when we would go to record that just seemed to be an unknown passion of mine. So I took a break from music for a couple of years and attended Full Sail University to receive my Associates in Audio Production. When I graduated, I started diving into the recording process more, and that made me write more music! Which leads me to today, where I currently record and produce all the songs that I’ve released!”
GR: You released your debut album earlier this year. What should people be expecting from the song?
TN: “Thank you for the kind words about Issues! My debut album came out this past February, and it what to expect is an earlier 2000s alternative/pop/punk feel to it. It has a variety of different songs on there, all written about my experiences the past year.”
“So the process of writing Issues had taken place over the course of all last year. There were a combination of things that led to it, including new experiences at my job, relationships, and just life in general. I had written about 20 songs, and cut it in half to make the final cut.
“When recording Issues I had been heavily involved in Joey Sturgis recording blogs/videos, and the more songs I was writing, the better I was getting at recording and mixing. I’d say this is where I would find some of the most challenging aspects of Issues, because there are just endless possibilities to change how your song can sound.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
TN: “I’d describe my sound as an early 2000s pop/punk feel, but with some alternative/rock as the foundation.”
GR: What influences you to write music? And which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
TN: “I’d say just life experiences in general influence me writing music. Whether it be girls, friends, co-workers, etc… There’s so many bands that have influenced me throughout the course of my entire life as a musician. To name a few would be: A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, Real Friends, Blink 182.”