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'80s synthesizers, chimey guitars and indie pop: Meet Selahphonic's Jamie and Tim

’80s synthesizers, chimey guitars and indie pop: Meet Selahphonic’s Jamie and Tim

| On 29, Apr 2016

If you’re into Two Door Cinema Club or The Wombats, then meet Sunshine Coast’s Selahphonic. The Creative Issue 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. Due 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.”

From there, Tim jumped on board and they moved up to Queensland. “We 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 something…why don’t you give it a try and become an official band?” And so we did, two years ago.”

Jamie and Tim from Selahphonic

Tim tells me they’ve thought carefully about the kind of experience they want to deliver to people who come see a gig. “We 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 we’re just [a form of] escapism, but I think that’s how people see music — a 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. “Last year we did a show in Melbourne, and it was just unreal. We rocked down there and there was a bunch of people we didn’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 people — it felt like it was all worth it.”

As for what they’d tell youngins just starting out in the music biz, Tim says: “Just quit. Get a real job!” He’s kidding. “Be prepared to work out what you love. Don’t just do it because you think someone else will love it and then try and love the thing that you think they like — try and find the thing you actually like and do that. And do it well! Refine it.”

You can check out Selahphonic’s tunes on iTunes, Spotify, Triple J, Youtube, or press play now to listen to their latest single Ghosts of 1999.