Vancouver Sleep Clinic is the moniker of Tim Bettinson.
Indietronica watched VSC play Brighton the other week and they didn’t fail to impress. We don’t want to harp on about Tim’s age, but you are constantly having to remind yourself that he’s still a teenager, yet he can effortlessly and smoothly amalgamate falsetto vocals with deep and mature lyrics.
We’re not sure how he does it, but we tried to find out…
Tell us a bit about yourself (where you grew up, when you first started singing/songwriting).
I’m from this city called Brisbane in Australia! I’ve been lucky enough to be born to parents who have always had instruments lying around, so getting into music was easy from a young age. I started with drumming and piano, and then a couple of years ago I picked up a guitar for the first time and started putting some high school bands together. I started writing for this project about a year ago in my bedroom.
Sum up VSC’s sound in 3 words.
Cinematic, dynamic, ambient.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
I actually get inspiration from a wide variety of things. I first fell in love with music via a lot of post-rock (sigur dos, mogwai, this will destroy you etc.), but now i also garner a lot of inspiration from the electronic world (fka twigs, the weeknd, the xx, sohn, james blake). I also have strange obsessions with World music & Celtic instrumentals..
Rumour has it, you wrote ‘Collapse’ during your maths lessons. Where did you find the inspiration for ‘Collapse’, and, more importantly, did you pass maths?
Haha, yep – in the back of my maths books. Collapse is about a dark state of mind that i think everyone goes through when they feel like they can’t reach an expectation or a standard. I aced maths! But i was doing the easy maths so it probably doesn’t really count ;/
VSC is currently on a tour around the UK. How is the tour going?
The tour is amazing! There have definitely been some mixed shows, like you would expect on a first international tour, but the two London shows in particularly were super special! Really excited and thankful to be here.
You were recently in the US. Are you planning on hitting up the US again anytime soon?
I love the US – we will see! Yet to tour there so hoping to make that happen ASAP. Priority now though is putting everything we have into this record.
We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?
You NEED to listen to a kid called Raury. He’s changing the game in the USA. Also really loving ‘The Acid’.
Sounds like: Island Fox, The Kite String Tangle, Broods, Active Child, The Foals, New Navy, The Postal Service, Bon Iver, James Blake, TDeL2