In Conversation with Timothy Thampy About His Mesmerizing New EP

We dive into ‘songs for nora’ EP with the brains behind it while also understanding the challenges musicians face when marketing their new music.

In mid-2023, Mumbai-based musician Timothy Thampy released his first solo track, ‘5 o clock,’ a melancholic self-produced singer-songwriter piece. Fast forward to the tail end of last year, and Timothy Thampy rolls out his debut EP ‘songs for nora,’ packing in four sublime compositions, including three freshly carved music pieces. Riddled between music production for other artists, live performances, and an imminent lengthy travel schedule, Timothy launched his maiden EP on December 1 sans any marketing or media calls, and we are here to find out why.

Timothy’s ‘songs for nora’ is shrouded in acoustic rhythms, soothing vocals, and temperate instrumentation on each track. The tracklist opens with ‘eye of the beholder,’ a neatly laid out production blossoming over a spellbinding piano theme molding a tranquil orchestral-esque presentation. ‘falling’ slides in next, framed with plucky acoustic guitar strumming underscored by mild synth layers and oscillating bass patterns.

Timothy Thampy – ‘5 o clock

Neither of the mentioned music pieces has a fixed chorus hook by design, to which Timothy notes, “The songs were written very organically, almost isolated from the usual structures and practices in songwriting. The EP was written, recorded, and produced by me. Having no collaborators for this part gave me a lot of creative freedom.”

‘someday’ concludes the EP, trailing Timothy’s previously released ‘5 o clock.’ The track is three and a half minutes of sonic bliss with rhythmic guitar details, grandiose synth arrangements, and delicate yet bright vocals.

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Who is Timothy Thampy?

“The lockdown slowed down and quieted my world, making it easier to immerse in a lot of art and also be in touch with my creative side and be more introspective.”

Mumbai-based producer/songwriter Timothy Thampy has been working the guitar since the age of 11. Largely self-thought and guided by his father, he has also honed his guitar-playing skills with his Church’s worship band. Musically, Timothy is drenched in the influences of John Mayer, Frank Ocean, FINNEAS, Hillsong UNITED, Bruno Major, and Jeremy Zucker.

“In even more recent times, artists like Jon Bellion and Jack Antonoff have also inspired me greatly because of their prolificness and massive impact on pop music, both as music producers and artists themselves, while also retaining their unique sound,” says Timothy. “I love producing music for other artists, as well as working on my own original projects, so these are great inspirations to me on that front.”

After dabbling with production before the pandemic, the songwriter furthered his interest in music production during the lockdown. Timothy acknowledges that the lockdown allowed him to accelerate his learning and growth in this field. He says, “Living in Bombay, life is usually very fast-paced, and the city is full of noise. The lockdown slowed down and quieted my world, making it easier to immerse in a lot of art and also be in touch with my creative side and be more introspective.”

Away from the production desk, Timothy is a voracious reader and is always open to suggestions on good books and music. He is also a travel buff who regularly hops on opportunities to quit the city for a change of scenery.

‘songs for nora’

“I look at it as a record of where I was as an artist at that time, and I think it captures the essence pretty well.”

While we weren’t able to uncover the identity of the enigmatic ‘Nora,’ we plunged into the record and each of its tracks with Timothy, who mentions, “My goal at the outset was to create something unique and completely uninformed by what is ‘trending’ or popular at the moment.”

The musician declares he is “proud” of the resulting EP and happy with how it turned out. He remarks, “Making an EP was really fun because I got to borrow and lend ideas between songs, making them part of the same universe and bleeding into each other. I look at it as a record of where I was as an artist at that time, and I think it captures the essence pretty well.”

Hovering over the EP, all the music was written on an acoustic guitar, and its instrumentation is a tidy medley of the raw, finger-picked acoustic guitar, atmospheric synthesizers, and understated drums. Exemplifying this with ‘falling,’ a tune penned in Goa about an imaginary short-lived infatuation, the artist discusses, “For ‘falling’ in particular, I was able to achieve a really unique soundscape because of a few layers of a small analog synth from a local synth-maker in Tokyo, Japan. Even the drums in the second half of the song are synthesized by the same machine.”

Timothy Thampy – ‘falling’

Concluding our in-depth conversation about the EP, Timothy hopes that ‘songs for nora’ can inspire listeners to pursue their various creative endeavors. He says, “If something feels good to you, if something makes you feel a certain way, you don’t need to go searching for the approval of ‘experts’ or be sure about every little technical detail. The fact that it made you feel that way is enough validation for that piece of art. There is no right way or wrong way to do a lot of things, especially in music. The purpose of my music is to capture a feeling and translate it into something other people can experience.”

Timothy also applauded the mastery of his audio engineer, Jason Dsouza, saying, “All the songs were mixed and mastered by Jason D’Souza, who really brought it to life with his touch.” We got in touch with Jason, a regular name on the credit list of our music features on TFword, to gather his thoughts about working with Timothy and the EP. “Working with Timothy was great. He was crystal clear about how he wanted to sound and the entire project went by smoothly,” says Jason.

He chatted about how the EP finally shaped up, to which Jason mentioned, “The E.P. is something I enjoy listening to. The subtleness of his songwriting and his performances make each song quite a treat and I particularly enjoy listening to them early in the morning. The bonus was being able to mix and master them.”

Media and Marketing Mayhem

“As much as I have been able to learn and grow in songwriting and music production over the past few years, music marketing is a whole different skill that I still have a lot to learn about.”

Timothy’s musical efforts do not shy away from the drill musicians and artists go through while unleashing new music, viz., getting their creativity noticed by the biggest media outlets or streaming platforms in the game. In addition to creating a song from scratch to completion, independent artists have yet another grueling task: the need to promote their projects actively, intensely, and aggressively. His genius marketing technique (or lack thereof) certainly got our eyeballs rolling and ears listening more intently.

Timothy Thampy – ‘songs for nora’

The artist traces back to November 2023, talking about balancing ongoing music projects while working on his own music. “Leading up to the ingestion of the EP, I was extremely busy working on the production, recording, and mixing of the songs. This was in the midst of a few live shows as well as music production projects with other artists. It’s always hard to prioritize your own music when other things demand your time,” he shares. “In mid-November, I was leaving for a long trip, and was able to finish and ingest the EP literally the day before I had to depart.”

As to ‘why’ his promotional material was limited yet effective, he expresses, “Once I started traveling, it was very difficult to find the time to work on a release strategy and other marketing aspects. As much as I have been able to learn and grow in songwriting and music production over the past few years, music marketing is a whole different skill that I still have a lot to learn about.”

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All images are courtesy of the artist.

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