“Music is something I’ll never stop, no matter where it goes, big or small, I just love it.”
– Tyne-James Organ.
An ending is always certain, being able to speak openly about that will allow emotional release. It is with his latest single release Watch You Go, that Tyne-James Organ sheds his outer emotional layer. His father recently passed away from cancer, which caused him to go through an emotional struggle. Songwriting and finding melodies were his coping mechanisms.
“I never wanted to show anyone. It’s so personal and precious even now. Every time I play it, it gives me a crazy feeling inside. Every time I think about the song I feel really close to him.
“I kind of realised after I had written it and saw the grieving of people around the world who have had similar situations. That sense of loss is something that I really wanted to share.”
The creation of art is the beginning of acceptance. Organ wrote 15 songs until the right one came out.
“My dad was a muso, so the song is the one thing that I wish could have been in my heart [when he was here] and I could have shown him. When I was writing the song, it was just one of those euphoric moments. It all came together, the song wrote itself.”
As we spoke through his creative process, I could hear how much it means to him in his voice alone, let alone what he was saying. Organ is so grateful that he is able to share his gift. I think that in some respects that is what allows him to share it at all. His openness is all-encompassing; raw emotion sparkles through.
Somewhere along the way, in the midst of dealing with the grief of his father’s loss and trying to stay above water in regards to his music, Organ signed a deal with Dew Process / Universal.
“It just feels super surreal, I honestly never imagined in my life that a record deal would be in the ballpark, let alone to have one under my belt at 22. It really allows me to push myself further and further and work harder, I’m absolutely over the moon, it’s hard to explain how excited I am about it”
At times we all struggle with different aspects of our lives. It seems as if Organ has found music as a way to cope with his troubles, as well as talking with his mother.
“My biggest outlet is talking to my mum and I know being 22 it’s a bit weird but I’m not embarrassed. Me and my mum are best friends. She is wholeheartedly my biggest influence and inspiration as well as my biggest supporter. She has brought me to where I am today and I can’t thank her enough.”
I struggle to think of anyone else who is being as open in the Australian music scene as Organ is being right now. He deserves all the recognition in the world for what he is doing. Loss is never easy, but having the ability to be honest and open will take him a long way.
Tyne still feels connected to his father, not only through music.
“Around six months after Dad passed, Mum asked my sister and I if we wanted to wear any of his jewellery. I was very hesitant at first due to the sentimental side of it.
“But now it’s become the thing where I feel like I’m having a conversation with him. Any time I look at the jewellery I feel him. It brings me joy and makes me feel like he’s still here. These are chains that he wore every single day. He was a musician and the ring has a treble clef on it so it inspires me and gives me that drive.”
It can’t be easy for Tyne to be constantly addressing something that has caused so much grief. But in doing so, he is not only making it easier for his family and himself to deal with loss, but also for those who listen to his music.
“Losing Dad was the hardest thing in the world, but it’s just amazing that I can still feel connected to him through music and the musical imagery that is contained within his jewellery that I now wear. I’m absolutely blessed and humbled, I will wear it for the rest of my days.”
Through talking with Organ I realised that he is just as passionate about telling the story of his father as he is with making music. In doing so, Organ is attempting to break down the barriers surrounding cancer and death and the taboos that surround loss in general. That’s something that I can wholeheartedly support.
In today’s society we sometimes feel as if we can’t talk about the happenings that plague us mentally. Death is often included in such happenings (since it is unavoidable), but if we can create a supportive environment for each other to share our experiences, we will all feel a whole lot better mentally. In releasing his latest single, Organ is exposing his own struggle, in the hope that listeners can connect and begin to accept any struggles of their own.
February 16, Rad Bar, Wollongong
February 17, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
February 23, The Gasometer Upstairs, Melbourne
February 24, Milk Factory, Brisbane