Tim and Sam Aitken are brothers, they are 19 and 16. They live on the Sunshine Coast. They are musicians. Their band is called Sametime and they believe in the '10,000 hours rule' being that 'You need to have practiced, to have apprenticed for 10,000 hours before you get good’… and they’re well on their way to accruing those 10,000 hours of practicing and gigging.
Sam and Tim have been busking and performing all over South East Queensland virtually every weekend for the past 7 years. They've performed hundreds of gigs yet that still puts them some way behind The Beatles, who had played 1200 shows before they had their first hit, but hey, it’s a great foundation for the amazing possibility of spending your life doing what you love.
The boys were originally known as Hoo8Hoo, and with Tim on Guitar and Sam on Cajon they spread their wings, performing and busking further afield in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and for the always appreciative crowds at Byron Bay. While still in their early teens they entered (and won) many busking competitions which carried all manner of incredible prizes, including much-coveted slot performing at the actual Byron Bay Bluesfest as one of the Festival`s youngest ever performers.
As the young busker brothers developed into young men, their vision for what all this could become expanded considerably. They changed their name to Sametime, they put a band together, they filled out their live sound and they started writing their own songs. Good songs. Songs that captured the attention of Sony/ATV who gave them a worldwide long-term publishing deal in early 2017 when the brothers were just 14 and 17!
As two hard grafting buskers, with their Guitar and Cajon supporting their freakishly good sibling harmonies, Sametime were always going to be able to rock the folk angle with ease. Their first single, ‘Where the Wind Blows’ is testament to this. For Sam and Tim however, Sametime is at its heart a pop duo, and from mid-2017 onwards they have been busting a gut writing and producing the sort of smart infectious bangers that gives ‘pop’ a good name.
They have established a great creative team around them in Gold Coast producer Jared Adlam, Sydney based producer Ian Pritchett (Angus and Julia Stone, Boo Seeka and Kim Churchill) and Brisbane based powerhouse writer/producer Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents and Mall Rat).
Two new singles and a new EP are slated for release in spring 2018 and the boys have put together a five-piece band to ensure that their live performances punch out their new stuff with vigour.
The Harbour Agency have also joined the party, signing up Sametime to their illustrious roster and determined to expand their live footprint throughout Australia in 2018/19.
Not that the boys intend to stop busking. In fact, at the 2018 Byron Bay Bluesfest, Sametime entered the national Busking competition and won, beating 100's of bands from around Australia in this renowned competition. This saw them performing live at the festival in 2018 and snaring a precious slot in the official lineup for the 30th anniversary Bluesfest in 2019. All of this is, of course, part of Tim and Sam`s grand plan to keep writing, practicing and gigging their way to greatness as brothers, mates and as Sametime.