Timothy Jude Smith (born 9 June 1982), better known by his stage name Timmy Trumpet, is an Australian musician, DJ, songwriter and record producer. He has become known internationally for playing the trumpet live and making use of jazz elements in the realm of global dance music.
Timmy Trumpet's breakthrough single "Freaks" with New Zealand rapper Savage was certified gold by the RIAA, six times platinum by ARIA, and triple platinum by Recorded Music NZ. Timmy Trumpet is currently ranked the number 13 DJ in the world, according to the DJ Mag Top 100.
On 25 March 2019, Timmy Trumpet became the first trumpet player to perform in Zero Gravity, a project partnership between the European Space Agency and BigCityBeats.
Timothy Jude Smith was born in Sydney, Australia. Timothy started playing the trumpet at an early age, taught by his father. At thirteen, Timothy was named 'Young Musician of the Year' before being granted a full scholarship to the Conservatorium of Music, where he was tutored by Anthony Heinrich of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band.
2010–2015: Early career in Australia
Timothy adopted the stage name Timmy Trumpet and began performing as a trumpeter alongside Australian DJ duo the Stafford Brothers at Australian nightclubs and music festivals. Timothy then taught himself how to DJ and began playing solo shows billed as Timmy Trumpet, incorporating live trumpet into his DJ sets.
Timmy Trumpet signed early music releases to Australian record labels OneLove, Central Station and Hussle Recordings, and produced various mix compilations for Ministry of Sound Australia which included national promotional tours.
In 2011, Timmy Trumpet was selected as the support act for Stevie Wonder at The Star Casino in Sydney’s grand opening. Timmy also appeared as himself in a reoccurring role on The Stafford Brothers, a reality TV show originally broadcast on FOX8.
Between 2012 and 2015, Timmy had a number of singles hit number one on the ARIA Club Chart, the first being a collaboration titled 'Sassafras', with Melbourne DJ Chardy. Sassafras was the number two track on the ARIA end of year Charts - Top 50 Club Tracks of 2012. 'The Buzz', a collaboration with New World Sound reached number one on Beatport in addition to reaching number one on the ARIA Club Chart. The Buzz was also used in the Dirty Grandpa official TV trailer. "Freaks", a collaboration with Savage reached number one of ARIA Australian Singles, Dance and Club Charts and has since been accredited six times platinum in Australia. Freaks is the highest selling single of all time on Ministry of Sound Australia.
Timmy Trumpet was voted the number one DJ in Australia at the 2015 inthemix Awards.
2015–2016: "Freaks" and international attention
"Freaks" is the twelfth single release for Timmy Trumpet. The track garnered international success charting in Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Poland, Belgium, France and the Netherlands and has sold more than one million copies worldwide and has been streamed online over five hundred million times. "Freaks" reached number three on the ARIA chart and number one in New Zealand.
"Freaks" features in the Hollywood TV shows and films Santa Clarita Diet, Collide, Teen Wolf, American Ultra and Training Day.
"Freaks" debuted on the Billboard emerging artists + Twitter chart at number nine when a Vine titled ‘When mama isn’t home’ went viral. The video features Brisbane father and son Russ and Toby Bauer. The father plays Freaks on a trombone whilst his son slams the oven door repeatedly. As of October 2015, the Vine received over 26 million loops, 201,800 likes and 158,200 Re-Vines. On 18 November 2015, Russ and Toby Bauer remade the viral video live on Australian national TV on Nine Network's Today where Timmy Trumpet surprised them, turning up halfway through the performance.
By 2015, Timmy Trumpet was gaining recognition within the music industry overseas and started writing and producing music with international artists. "Toca", the first of a series of international collaborations, was with Guatemalan-American DJ and producer, Carnage and Indian-American DJ and producer KSHMR. "Toca" is a Big room rework of the classical Johann Sebastian Bach composition "Toccata and Fugue in D minor". "Toca" was released on 26 June 2015 on Ultra Music. The track has since become a trademark of Timmy Trumpet's live performances, utilizing elements of the original orchestral introduction and playing live trumpet.
In 2016, Timmy Trumpet released three singles on dutch dance label Spinnin' Records. The first release "Psy or Die" was circulated around the DJ scene without anyone knowing who had authored the unreleased track at the time, and it was played at festivals and nightclubs by Armin Van Buuren, W&W, Blasterjaxx, NERVO and Andrew Rayel. It was later revealed when released that "Psy or Die" was by Timmy Trumpet and Carnage and the track was popular on the European dance music festival scene that summer. On 27 September 2016 Spinnin Records released "Party Till We Die" by MAKJ and Timmy Trumpet featuring rock artist and motivational speaker Andrew W.K.. Timmy's debut solo single released on Spinnin' titled "Oracle" reached number one on Beatport, and has received more than 150 million online streams as of October 2019.
2017–2018: Global music festivals
In 2017, Timmy Trumpet made his main stage debut at Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. His performance is the most streamed DJ set of all time on Tomorrowland's official YouTube channel, and as of October 2019 has received twenty-two million views.
Between 2017 and 2018, Timmy Trumpet became a fixture at dance music festivals all over the world, playing main stage sets at Parookaville, Electric Love, Creamfields, Airbeat One, and many more.
Timmy Trumpet collaborated with Hardwell on the track "The Underground" which was released on Revealed Recordings. He also collaborated with DJ and producers Vini Vici on "100" and Blasterjaxx on "Narco".
On 21 June 2018, Timmy Trumpet sold-out Ormeau Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, selling 15,000 tickets.
2019: World tour and zero gravity
On 25 March 2019, Timmy Trumpet joined a host of celebrities on the BigCityBeats World Club Dome "Zero Gravity 2.0". A specially converted A310 aircraft, usually used by the European Space Agency for training astronauts and performing scientific experiments in microgravity and other levels of reduced gravity, took off from Frankfurt Airport. The aircraft engaged in a series of parabolic flights which caused the passengers to experience a total of six minutes of true weightlessness.
On 18 April 2019, Timmy Trumpet announced a 60 date World at our Feet world tour. The coinciding title single "World at our Feet" was released on 10 May, along with an animated lyric video. The tour included main stage headlining performances at 31 festivals across the Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Timmy hosted his own stages at Tomorrowland and Creamfields. Timmy made his main stage debut at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on 19 May, and later was announced as a headliner of Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando, South Korea, and China.
Timmy began a VLOG series on YouTube chronicling his life on tour. The first episode follows his experiences at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Timmy Trumpet is renowned for his energetic live performances and use of pyrotechnics on stage. Timmy plays mixed platform electronic music, blending many sub-genres together, playing music at various speeds, and incorporating live trumpet solos over custom edits. Timmy's DJ sets predominantly feature his own original tracks, collaborations and remixes.
Timmy has released music in a number of sub-genres of electronic music including House, Electro, Bounce, Hardstyle, Psy-trance, Big Room, Funk, Hip Hop and Pop.
Timmy has cited Daft Punk as early inspiration to start experimenting with electronic dance music. In an interview with Belfast Telegraph, Timmy said: "I was a trumpeter before I was a DJ, I would play alongside songs I heard on the radio. I remember playing to Daft Punk for the first time. That's when I realised there might be something to this trumpet/EDM thing."