DON’T you just love a man who can sing?

TIMO ODV is strik­ing a chord.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamourama - Leonardo Dicaprio

Ti­mothy Oude Vrielink, aka TIMO ODV, has al­ways loved mu­sic. “I walked around with a tape player when I was five, lis­ten­ing to Back­street Boys,” re­veals the 26 year old.

So it made per­fect sense that this huge mu­sic fan would even­tu­ally start play­ing around with DJ soft­ware. “When I was 21, a friend showed me the basics, and then I taught my­self us­ing Youtube videos. I just knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he says.

And it turns out that was a great de­ci­sion. His first sin­gle, ‘Save me’ fea­tur­ing Sarah Jack­son, was ra­dio’s most-played song last year, and TIMO re­leased his de­but EP Ori­gins in Septem­ber. “It’s more artis­tic and dirt­ier than my other work. I had to take a break from ra­dio hits and be more cre­ative,” he ex­plains.

Now with a SAMA nom­i­na­tion for Record of the Year and on­go­ing gig re­quests, TIMO is re­ally get­ting no­ticed. “I was walk­ing through V&A Wa­ter­front in Cape Town a few weeks ago, and a group of kids started scream­ing and chas­ing me. As a Joburg East Rand boy, that’s crazy. I’m very chilled. I’m never like, ‘Here I am, give me at­ten­tion!’” he laughs.

Singer, pro­ducer, DJ and hum­ble. We can’t wait to hear more from the elec­tronic dance mu­sic sen­sa­tion. Gisele Bünd­chen, Naomi Camp­bell, Bar Re­faeli, Mi­randa Kerr, Demi Moore, Claire Danes, Blake Lively… – Leo sure likes pretty ladies.

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