Tyne-James Organ is a family man at heart. Behind his rock-star attitude on-stage and crazy party and drinking stories, is a man that is learning to grow and evolve through hard times. Finding a vulnerability in his songwriting, the Sydney singer-songwriter who recently moved to Melbourne is learning to embrace his emotional side.
With his soulful alternative rock songs showcasing this self-discovery, his new single ‘Something New’ dives into a heavier rock experimentation. Citing inspiration from the likes of Catfish And The Bottlemen and Arctic Monkeys, he grabs a hold onto a bolder and more cinematic inclined sound which adds another layer to his live show.
I recently chatted to Tyne-James Organ about the creative process behind his new single ‘Something New’, the importance of family and discussed losing his guitar and partying too hard on tour. Check it out HERE;
TB: Your new single ‘Something New’ has a very cinematic approach to the soulful rock production. So what was the lyrical story behind this song?
TJO: ‘Something New’ comes from a time last year where I hit this very bitter stage of grieving during my last breakup. It wasn’t anything towards the girl, just the situation. It all fell apart too easy and I just felt like we didn’t even try. A lot has happened since we broke up, mostly good but there was this underlying feeling for quite some time that I couldn’t shake.
For me, the best way to heal is by writing about it. It’s a release for me. I didn’t write it in the hope of being a single, but I had to get it off my chest.
TB: What is your favourite lyric from this bold track?
TJO: I’ve never actually thought about that *laughs*, but I think the line; “Now I sit in solitude dear, while I wait for something new, thought moving south would make me feel good, through it all I still feel you”.
For me this line sums up everything about the song. After my relationship ended I ran away to Melbourne and I thought it would have all my answers and make me feel better. It had a million answers but none for how I was feeling. I had met and spent my first few times with her in Melbourne so everything was a constant memory.
TB: Heading towards a heavier rock sound that has cited comparisons to Arctic Monkey’s and Catfish And The Bottlemen, what was sonically inspiring you to get a little grungier?
TJO: The first part of the song I wrote was the riff in the chorus. I didn’t write it on guitar I just kept singing it over and over in my head. When I brought the song idea to Chris Collins, who I do a lot of my writing with and he does all my production, the riff just sounded like it was for guitars which took the song in the more rock driven direction.
TB: With your debut EP expected to be released later this year, what is your main goal/projectory with this forthcoming collection?
TJO: My biggest goal was to actually release this one *laughs*. It feels like it’s been forever since I made it and I’ve just been sitting on these songs forever. I have my big dreams as we all do, but for me to have my own piece of art in a physical form that I can one day show my own family is more than a dream. I really hope people like the songs and sounds on it, but my main focus is that people feel something.
My music comes from very personal experiences and I try my best to translate that in a way that people can relate in their own sense. If even just one person feels something from this EP, then I’ve done exactly what I set out to do.
TB: How does a Tyne-James Organ writing session usually go down?
TJO: I grew up playing in bands, so Im a big believer in collaboration. Not all the time, but there is just something special within it. I’ve done some co-writing in the last few years, but I mainly work with my mate Chris Collins. He is a fucking gun! He and I got put into a session together, and we were talking a few weeks ago about how both of us were not keen because we’d had big nights before. But within a few hours we’d made a song called ‘Graceful’. It sparked something for us in the songwriting world, but mainly kicked off one hell of a friendship. There’s no limits or boundaries working with him. We’re actually off to a little cottage next week to work on the album. I just love hanging and working with him.
TB: You just wrapped up a east coast tour with Lime Cordiale for The Squeeze Festival. So what was one of your favourite memories (or weirdest experience) from that run of dates?
TJO: That was one hell of a run! Brisbane was sick but we partied after the show and I left my acoustic guitar at the venue and didn’t realise until we got to the Airport the next morning *laughs*. Luckily the Lime Cordiale boys are sweethearts and saved the day by taking it home.
Melbourne was wild. We played the Forum and I’ve dreamt to play in there. I had all my friends and housemates come. But I think the standout for me was Sydney. It was at the Enmore, which I’ve been lucky enough to play once before but this time was with my band so I was excited on a whole other level. I had heaps of friends from Wollongong and Sydney come thru. But the moment for me was having my mum, Nanna, and sister there. I brought my sister and mum onstage to meet the crowd which was something I won’t forget, and then after the set I got the whole crowd to wave at my nan who was on the seated section on the second level. She looked like the fucking queen *laughs*.
I’m blabbering on, but a funny little moment was playing ‘Graceful’ in Sydney. It’s a 3 minute song and we somehow played it for 10 minutes *laughs*. I skulled some whisky right before and just thought fuck it lets dance. That night and tour was a Christmas treat.
TB: When you walk away from playing a live set, what do you want the biggest takeaway for the audience to be or the emotion you leave them feeling?
TJO: I want to walk off-stage feeling like I poured everything into the show and the crowd, but I want them to just feel something. I don’t know these people so I cant determine what’s going on in their lives and what they will or won’t relate to. But if they feel something in even the slightest then I’ve done exactly what I wanted to do.
Dance and cry is what I do to my music so I hope the crowd can too.
TB: You recently joined Mallrat for her last two Australian tours as well as some huge festival gigs. So from working with an artist that is sonically quite different to you, what is the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself as an artist?
TJO: Yeah, touring with Grace and Denim has been such a time. Grace’s music is different from mine, but we come from similar worlds with what we are about. I think if you can relate as people, then the rest falls into place. She’s like a little sister to me, so the main thing I take from these experiences and touring together is friendship. Probably sounds tacky, but it’s the truth.
On the work side we all learn in our own ways. One thing I learnt was to pull back my drinking and partying so I wouldn’t lose my voice every night *laughs*.
TB: With a lot of touring experiences already under your belt, things aren’t always smooth sailing. When you’re faced with a less than desirable situation during a show or while on the road, how do you calm yourself down to keep level headed?
TJO: *Laughs* Calm and me do not ever happen! Even when everything is running perfectly I am in a world of panic. I’m always fine onstage unless my voice is cooking out. But before shows and in between, my stress levels go through the roof.
It’s definitely a more personal thing than due to any reasons, but I’m always working to chill it out. I’ve found since bringing on a tour manager, it has helped me massively.
TB: Let’s play a little game of rapid fire questions where I’m going to ask you some questions that you just need to answer with the first thing that comes to mind.
TB: My pre show pump up song is…
TJO: ‘Run To Paradise’ by the Choir Boys
TB: Pineapple on pizza is…
TJO: Anything you want it to be. For me I fucking love it!
TB: The emoji that best describes my new single ‘Something New’ is…
TJO: Christmas tree! Not because of the song. I just love Christmas *laughs*. But in relation to the song, maybe the skull because of the opening line of the song *laughs*.
TB: My go to snack on tour is…
TJO: Anything I can get my hands on. Mainly coffee I reckon
TB: My most prized possession is…
TJO: Family! Cliche again, but they’re everything to me.
Tyne-James Organ plays Splendour In The Grass on Friday 19 July