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"Maybe it’s psychosomatic but I can hear that basement studio in the recordings …"
The debut EP from Australian musician and actor MOSSY is a raw, emotive offering - undeniably shaped by the subterranean studio in East Village, New York, where he lived and recorded for 12 months during its creation. The eponymous LP’s first single, Electric Chair, and accompanying video, touch on the Ancient Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo, linking self-obsession with self-destruction. Here, the man behind MOSSY, Jamie Timony, sheds light on the recording process, his fascination with David Lynch and his penchant for living in the present.
Who is MOSSY?
The hardest part of this question is deciding whether to answer it in first or third person. I'll go third … MOSSY is an artist who currently resides in Sydney, Australia. He's a musician and an actor.
What’s the story behind your stage name?
My last name is Timony. It's often mistaken for Timothy. So, my friends started calling me Timothy, which morphed into Mothy (or, The Moth), which again morphed into MOSSY.
Describe your new EP in five words ...
Immersive, soulful, expansive, romantic, groovy.
How did recording in a basement in New York help shape it?
I was living down there and there were no windows. I had to go to the local gym to shower. I became quite obsessive about writing music during the year I stayed in there so maybe the immersive nature of the experience found it's way into the music ... New York puts me in a very romantic frame of mind. I love that you can step outside at any hour of the day and there's somewhere for you to go or someone to talk to.
You collaborated with some big names on the recording. Can you share any stories from the recording process?
The basement studio in the East Village where we were living/recording was an exciting little hub to be around. Next door to us was Chris Coady who was producing the Future Islands Singles record at the time. We became quite friendly with those guys and Chris lent us some really cool vintage synths along the way. Next door to Chris was Stuart White who is the brilliant engineer/mixer behind the last couple of Beyoncé records. We had some sessions with Stu and he ended up mixing three of the songs on the EP. We were also lucky enough to work with a saxophonist named Ian Hendrickson-Smith (of The Dap Kings fame) ... He would get his takes done then do what he called a 'sunglasses take' which basically meant he would put his sunnies on and cut loose to give us options. That was special to watch.
Who are you idols?
David Lynch fascinates me. He's very experimental and adventurous and calm. He works from the heart and trusts himself as a leader. David Bowie is another one. I'm not a Bowie fanatic by any stretch but he's someone that I admire very much. For the same reasons. I wouldn't say he's an idol but Andy Kaufman is certainly someone to take cues from as a performance artist.
Narcissus or Echo?
Narcissus, they're both in hell but at least he's too preoccupied to notice.
Day or night?
Inside or outside?
Sydney or New York?
Past or future?
I'm going to end the interview by being all edgy and rule break-y and saying Present.
MOSSY's debut self-titled EP is out May 13, 2016.