Nigerian-born Timomatic had never heard of Inverell until his friends from the Justice Crew got word to him that it is a pit-stop that should not be missed on his artistic journey.
An explorer of places as much as artistic expressions, Timomatic will be performing at Inverell Town Hall on December 13 as part of his “Mash Up” tour.
“After their performance in the area, Justice Crew members told me that the people of Inverell are amazing and would also appreciate my performance,” Timomatic said.
“That was enough. I was sold on the idea.”
His life may be a far cry from that of your average person, but he believes that “music is the way to connect with people” so he comes to Inverell with a message of unity.
“Besides, my work on television has expanded my artistic reach,” he said.
Now a household name, Timomatic catapulted to fame after participating in So You think You Can Dance, as a judge on Dance Boss and reached the top three finalists in Australia’s Got Talent. His talent was acknowledged when he took the lead of Fame the Musical.
For him, music and dance are interchangeable.
“I can’t separate the two, they are so similar,” Timomatic said.
“Music inspires dance and together they create the fullest expression.”
“I grew up singing and dancing. Though I was raised in Australia, I was very aware of my Nigerian roots,” he said. “My African culture keeps coming out.”
As a young boy, it wasn’t easy as he was often the only black kid at school “But that helped me become more aware and resilient,” he said.
The answer to his sadness was music and dancing and soon he met like-minded friends.
Born Tim Omaji, he took on the name Timomatic when he was 16 years old and some friends in Canberra were so impressed by his dancing that they nicknamed him “Omatic” – from “automatic”.
“Sounds like my name, but it had to do with my moves,” he said.
His moves have most certainly received a lot of attention, with special guest invites to perform alongside global acts such as Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Jessie J, Flo Rida, Salt N Pepa and Jason Derulo.
It’s been a fun ride for the multi-faceted performer who likes to mash it up.
“Mash Up is a term in pidgin English that means to turn it up,” he said. “In Jamaica, it means ‘Let’s have a party’. And I want my performances to be a celebration.”
In an effort to excite Inverell’s audiences he’s prepared an “immersive show” aimed at inciting audiences into mashing it up.
“It’s going to be a high-energy performance,” he said.
Timomatic takes the stage at 7pm. Tickets for the Mash Up Concert are at $29 and $49 for VIP Sound Check tickets. Tickets at https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/timomatic-inverell-concert-mash-up-tour