// Timothy Nelson



Perth based singer/songwriter who, after a decade of writing, recording and touring with his bands The Infidels, High Horse and The Kill Devil Hills, recently released his debut solo album 'Words Like Young'. Nelson's tunes combine 70's west coast alt country with 90s slacker indie rock.


Define your genre in five words or less:

alt country, slacker indie rock

How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?

I started at band when I was sixteen after falling in love with guitars and songwriting a couple years prior. I grew up around musicians though, and was taught piano at a very young age in a sense I've been playing music my whole life. I was a hyperactive child but my mother discovered if she put a Beatles record on I was calm down and just stare at the speakers all day.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?

No thanks. I'm somewhat glad most of my hero's died before they could evaluate my work.

What are your favourite venues?

Fremantle Arts Centre

What are your top 5 favourite albums?

in no particular order... Oh Inverted World - The Shins Sky Blue Sky - Wilco After The Goldrush - Neil Young Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement Definitely Maybe - Oasis

What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?

Electric Light Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl this year, with a full orchestra. Jeff Lynne is the boss.

Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc

I chalk it up to being some kind of attention disorder thing, where half-baked ideas keep floating around my head, annoying me like a puppy until I finish them. Meanwhile, cars get crashed and keys get lost.