Talking sh*t with Tim Omaji
2015 is Tim Omaji’s year.
After a year behind the scenes consolidating his new record and being inspired by the best of Motown, the singer formerly known as ‘Timomatic’ is signalling his new direction with brand new pop hit ‘Something Bout You’.
We caught up with Omaji at MTV HQ to talk about his evolution from reality TV appearances on So You Think You Can Dance and Australia’s Got Talent to touring the world with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Pitbull.
Q: New year, new you – what’s your game plan for 2015?
T: [Laughs] My game plan, well my hashtag this year is “#Evolve2015”, with my name change, changing up my style a little bit. Just to push that and get that out there and to perform a lot more, because 2014 I was just creating.
Q: Did you take inspiration from Snoop Dogg or Osher Gunsberg?
T: [Laughs]. No, because one was a drug induced evolution and the other was a spiritual one. Mine was an artistic one, going back to my roots. I think the difference was I was just going back to my name, my actual name [laughs]. If I was turning into something, calling myself ‘Robocop’, it would be different. But I want to be in this for a while, I’m 27, ten years from now I’ll be 37, ten years from now I don’t want to be a robot [laughs].
Q: Is there anyone else in the music industry that you think should change their name?
T: Well, I’m glad that this person actually did change their name, Two Chainz used to be ‘Titty Boy’.
Q: Describe reality TV in one word?
T: I like condensing things into a thought. One word: Stressful. There’s a lot that goes into it. It’s a lot of in your face and for majority of people it’s the first time their experiencing that. What I learnt is to be more comfortable with the camera and talking and just the whole genre of condensing everything.
Q: What’s the funniest on tour moment you’ve ever had?
T: [Laughs]. It’s funny in hindsight but it was the Sydney show of the Ricky Martin tour. I was in the last song and I wear contacts and my right contact went up behind my eyelid. It was one of my slower songs, ‘Incredible’, so I was trying to get emotional with it. I turned around and tried to fix it, but it wasn’t happening, so I sang the rest of the song with one eye closed.
Q: Shoot, shag, marry three of the people you’ve toured with: Ricky Martin, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J.
T: Definitely shag Nicki. Marry Jessie J, I think she’s just a down person. Nicki’s too much. So Ricky’s gone man.
Q: Who’s the best person to party with?
T: You know I really connected with Pitbull, he would email me before the show ‘Have a great show man!’ and asked me how the show was afterwards, really cool guy. He [also] just doesn’t get drunk, it’s strange. His drink is vodka, lemon, and something else, he’s got this special mix. He just never gets drunk and keeps throwing them down!
Q: Who’s the most famous person in your phone?
T: Makes me sound so douche-y [laughs]. At the moment, shout out to a guy you would know who has just recently blown up, Keiynan Lonsdale, he’s worldwide now. We’ve been friends for a while.
Q: Who would be your dream collaboration?
T: Kanye West. Turned up! ‘All of the Lights’ is my ringtone, that’s one of the best songs of all time. He’s dope, very dope.
Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a singer?
T: I’d probably be a Creative Director, of an artist or of a TV Show like a talent show, but definitely that, behind the scenes, creating, grass level stuff.
Q: If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who and why?
T: It would be cool to be Jay Z for a day, for many reasons [winks].
Q: Who’s your celebrity crush?
T: Eva Mendes.
Q: What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you think of MTV?
T: ‘Ridiculousness’. It’s hilarious. I’m very random and I love random humour and the internet and what people put on it. It’s a scary place, but I like it [laughs].
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