You might have seen him playing alongside Kilter in his live band, but now it's time for Timi Temple to unleash his own intoxicating music, announcing the release of his new single Sands of Time. The nostalgic track is accompanied by an artistic, visceral clip, directed in collaboration with Katie Luna (Dope Lemon).
With influences such as Tame Impala, Jimi Hendrix and MGMT, it's easy to see what makes Timi Temple, aka Timothy Lockwood, tick. Sands of Time sits somewhere in the ether, between the haze of -60s influences and current sounds, with a swelling chorus that begs to be sung along. Inspired by a real-life saga that saw an adorable 5 year old Timi Temple running deviously from a crime and experiencing his first taste of escaping fate, Lockwood explains the comical story behind Sands Of Time - 'When I was a kid we had a fishtank in the house, behind the dining table, on a glass shelf. Underneath the tank was a heater, now, I don't know whose bright idea it was to put the heater under the tank, but one cold night I thought I'd do the right thing by turning on the heater. A child's first attempt at taking initiative. Unfortunately no one from my family realised I had done this, so I was put to bed and the rest of my family retired for the night without turning off the heater. I woke up to my family arguing about who left the heater on - the fish were pretty much boiled and floating across the top - and when I was asked, I feigned ignorance. It ate at me for a while, the guilt not washing off my consciousness. But soon it was -lost in the sands of time' and forgotten. It hit me like a freight train when, at 15, I decided to buy my own -first pet' and picked up a fish tank. I put my thoughts down on paper and I guess the song is my confession."
The clip takes Sands of Time and turns it on its head, hourglass-style. Of the clip, Timothy says, 'I was checking out some influences and came across a peculiar video for Dope Lemon's song Uptown Folks. It was an animated video that seemed like an amalgamation of a bunch of other clips from past and present. I thought something similar to this would be perfect for this song, and the catalyst for which was a decade prior. I tracked down Katie and asked how she was able to do the video, after a bit of chatting I showed her my music and she loved it and now we've got some awesome art together!"
Although a hugely experienced performer, having graced the stage at Splendour in the Grass and many other hallowed grounds alongside Kilter, when it comes to the TIMI TEMPLE project Timothy is happy to bide his time before hitting the stage, explaining, 'I definitely can't wait to bring TIMI to the live stage. I just really want to capture that fleeting moment of creation - something you can't experience on a record. There's plenty of jams that I allow to just grow naturally on the spot. I also like to show off, and so do my band members, so it'll also be a shred-city gig. Imagine Woodstock Hendrix but to way less people, and I probably won't burn my guitar, ha!"
Sands Of Time will be available from October 27.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Timothy Lockwood: Imagine you were going to a party, and for an outfit you decided to steal some of your mum or dads vintage clothes then you spiced them up with some of your own stuff ~ you get to the party and you're the best dressed there, everyone compliments you. This perfect combination of old and new is how I'd describe my music.
Question: What inspired Sands Of Time?
Timothy Lockwood: Well, it's actually a semi sad semi devious thing - when I was 5 years old I accidentally killed my pet fish, named fishy but I never told anyone, my parents asked and I just feigned ignorance. This song is kind of like my owning up to the truth, but also an accomplishment for running from the crime for so long!
Question: Can you tell us about filming the clip for Sands Of Time?
Timothy Lockwood: I worked on this music video with a super talented legend Katie Luna. After seeing a video she produced for Dope Lemon, I knew we were going to have a great time piecing this one together. It's mainly a psychedelic animation video and the story behind it alludes to The Wizard of Oz with the whole juxtaposition of black and white dystopia, and vibrant vivid utopia. It's also got some cool footage of me playing on stage but we totally psyched up the footage so it fit better.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Timothy Lockwood: Oh it'll be a super close tie between Sands Of Time and my previous track What Are We Waiting For both of the songs have such a guitar focus, and also really uplifting choruses that are so much fun to sing! I remember the first time I played both these songs and seeing so many people in the crowd sing these songs (even when they're hearing them for the first time) put the biggest smile on my face!
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend your show, who would it be?
My grandparents live in Thailand (I'm a halfie) but I don't think they've ever seen me play live before so it'll be super, super special if they could see what I do and if I could make them proud.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Timothy Lockwood: No doubt about it, performing live, it's just so lonely recording all by yourself sometimes and I'm a bit of a sucker for the spotlight…
Question: What is the story behind the name, Timi Temple?
Timothy Lockwood: My favourite guitarist is Jimi Hendrix and my name is Tim, so I stuck them together for the first half and Temple came from going to the Buddhist temple with my mum every Sunday and meditating - I was never really good at calming my mind, but I came up with heaps and heaps of songs in my head.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Timothy Lockwood: I wake up and shower to The War On Drugs
I eat breakfast to The Belligerents
Get my daily dose of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin
And I party at night to Tame Impala and MGMT.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Timothy Lockwood: I definitely owe this one to my Dad, he's the one who put the first instrument into my hands (violin and piano) at the age of 3 and I did my first gig with him at 4 on violin (mainly just cuteness overload cause I couldn't play that well yet) and then I was hooked on being on stage! So yep, thanks Dad!
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Timothy Lockwood: Present: Queens Of The Stone Age or Paul McCartney
Past: Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan
Interview by Brooke Hunter