Since he was 16, Timothy Nelson has been a mainstay within the Perth music scene. His band, Timothy Nelson and the Infidels, released two albums between 2009 and 2014, and won twelve WAM (West Australian Music) awards. The band toured nationally and became a high demand festival act, supporting the likes of Parquet Courts, Megan Washington, The Whitlams, Eskimo Joe and Birds Of Tokyo.
In 2015, Nelson co-wrote and produced songs for the kids television series The Shapes, an animated series of short music videos appearing on ABC TV. The series took home the Western Australian Screen Academy (WASA) award for Outstanding Achievement In Animation. Nelson released the solo album “Words Like Young” in November 2016 to critical acclaim, with the Australian music press praising it to be “A brilliant solo debut” (The Music) and “A wonderfully personal, yet inviting release” (Rolling Stone), as well as ABC Radio National making it Album Of The Week. After the album’s release, Nelson opened nationally for the likes of Air Supply, Icehouse and Liz Stringer.
As a songwriter, Nelson has collaborated and co-written with multitude of artists, as well as conducted regular song writing workshops at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He has also made regular trips to the US for co-writing sessions and live showcases in Los Angeles and Nashville. In 2018, Nelson co-wrote, co-produced, and sang on the single “The Come Down Was Real”, with ARIA award winning hip-hop artist Drapht. Nelson went under the alias Indoor Fins for the track, and the song was added to high rotation on Triple J.
Nelson joined the Drapht live band as a guest singer and guitar player for the subsequent national tour, as well as a major city arena tour supporting US alternative rock titans Twenty One Pilots. In 2019, Drapht and Nelson worked together on another single, “Summer They Say”, which also received high rotation airplay. Nelson then released the first standalone Indoor Fins single “Here It Goes” later that year. Deviating from the indie pop leanings of his solo work, the track delved more into heavy techno and psychedelic rock influences.
At the start of the new decade, Timothy Nelson is now working on another solo album, a debut EP for his Indoor Fins project, and multiple collaborations with other artists, all slated for release during 2020.