Following their angelic rendition of Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’ on Triple J’s Like A Version, Brisbane locals Cub Sport, have proved themselves to be musically capable of just about anything. Matea Jozic caught up with Tim Nelson, lead singer and snapchat enthusiast, to discuss a potential career in orthodontics, Kayne West himself, and working with the up and coming Aussie rapper Mallrat.
Aside from wanting to 'milk air time' on Triple J, why did you all collectively choose to play Ultralight Beam by Kanye West on Like a Version?
Kanye is one of our favourite artists and Ultralight Beam is one of our favourite songs, so we were super keen to cover it and share our interpretation of such a spectacular song.
You have a lot of fans who consider you to be their favourite band - what/who was your favourite band when you were younger?
I was obsessed with Aqua. When people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I’d say I wanted to be in a band like Aqua, so I guess they’re sort of responsible for the formation of Cub Sport.
Do you have a dream venue or festival that you'd like to play, that hold specific memories?
A huge festival like Coachella or Glastonbury would be amazing! I’d be happy to even attend to be honest.
Breaking into the music industry is probably one of the hardest things to do; what motivates you to keep on pursuing what you love?
We really enjoy it and we love being around each other, so that helps a lot!
We’ve got some seriously amazing fans who motivate us too; knowing that what we’re doing means something to other people is hugely encouraging and gets us even more excited to keep doing what we’re doing.
There are quite a few pictures of your guys with your dogs Evie and Missy on Snapchat and Instagram, tell us a bit about them.
They’re Golden Retriever x Poodles and they’re amazing. They’ve got really different personalities but they’re both incredibly cute, sweet and funny. I’m obsessed with them.
What's it been like going on tour with bands such as Ball Park Music, Loon Lake and The 1975? Have you developed any ideas for your own tour or future music whilst being with other bands?
Touring with the 1975 taught me that I really want to get to a stage where we have a chef as part of our rider.
So we've heard you're working with Mallrat. What has it been like?
True! It’s been cool! We spent an afternoon working on a song together, then we stopped recording so Bolan could give Grace a tattoo. Grace’s lyrics are really fresh and amazing! I’m super excited to see everything she achieves in the coming years.
If you could describe your music as a colour, which one would you pick?
I'd describe is Is Our Vice as a soft pink, that’s why we pressed it on pink vinyls!
Do you have any visual artists that inspire you?
A visual artist who I find really inspiring is Neil Krug, his work is really beautiful and dynamic.
Oscar Wilde is listed as your only influence on your Triple J Unearthed profile, how does he inspire you all musically?
I didn’t even write that in. I had Kanye as an influence and someone told us that was too ‘done’ and we should change it to Oscar Wilde so I was like ‘yep cool, okay done.’ I’ve been asked about it a few times now, I should probably change it
̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄ I’m not that impressionable these days by the way.
What do the next 12 months look like for Cub Sport?
We’ve got our Spring tour happening through October-November and we’re currently figuring out a time to record the next album!
For Tim & Sam - so, if music doesn't take you to where you want to go, do you guys think you'll go back to working at Tim's dad's orthodontic practice?
We still work there at the moment; I’d say we’ll probably keep working there until we can’t anymore. In the mean time, those retainers aren’t gonna make themselves!
For more from Cub Sport, check out their debut album ‘ is Is Our Vice’ available on Apple Music or Spotify.
Matea Jozic is currently studying Digital Media at Australian Catholic University (ACU). She basically lives and breathes music, having attended over twenty gigs in the last twelve months and would love to work in the music industry some time in the future. For more, follow her on Instagram.