'80s synthesizers, chimey guitars and indie pop: Meet Selahphonic's Jamie and Tim
Ashleigh Hopping | On 29, Apr 2016
If you’re into Two Door Cinema Club or The Wombats, then meet Sunshine Coast’s Selahphonic. The Creative IssueÂ caught up with 2/5 of the band for a rapid fire Q&A before their gig at The Foundry.
As well as their upbeat tunes, it’s the contagiously fun energy that Jamie Coyle and Tim Doecke emanate that helps make their live show such a great experience.
Jamie’s a youth worker by trade, and started Selahphonic as a solo project a few years ago as a way to connect with high school students in his home town of Melbourne. DueÂ to a hand deformity from a childhood accident, Jamie hated how he looked growing up: “I always saw the opportunity to go back in and tell young people something that I never really heard myself when I was in high school. And that was that you can be or become anything, you are unique, you have something special to offer this world.â€
From there, Tim jumped on board and they moved up to Queensland. â€œWe actually had no agenda of playing shows, because our whole thing was that we used music to help young people in schools, and then it became people saying “your music has got somethingâ€¦why donâ€™t you give it a try and become an official band?” And so we did, two years ago.â€
Tim tells me they’ve thought carefully about the kind of experience they want to deliver to people who come see a gig.Â â€œWe want people to walk out and be like, “holy crap! What just happened?” and actually feel like it was a window out of their life. You could say weâ€™re just [a form of] escapism, but I think thatâ€™s how people see musicâ€Šâ€”â€Ša thing to lift their heads up and give them a fresh perspective.”
What started as a way to reach students locally has expanded to the international. Selahphonic have toured North America, Australia, New Zealand and have even played to villages in Vanuatu. Jamie remembers the moment he first felt like it was all paying off. â€œLast year we did a show in Melbourne, and it was just unreal. We rocked down there and there was a bunch of people we didnâ€™t even know who knew our songs. It was like, “This is what that feels like!” I remember feeling so relieved at the end of that night, doing all this hard work and travelling and playing to sometimes really bad rooms with not many peopleâ€Šâ€”â€Šit felt like it was all worth it.â€
As for what theyâ€™d tell youngins just starting out in the music biz, Tim says: â€œJust quit. Get a real job!â€ Heâ€™s kidding. â€œBe prepared to work out what you love. Donâ€™t just do it because you think someone else will love it and then try and love the thing that you think they likeâ€Šâ€”â€Štry and find the thing you actually like and do that. And do it well! Refine it.â€