Timomatic will be performing at the Australia Celebrates Live concert. For Private Capital. By Megan Doherty.
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Timomatic will be performing at the Australia Celebrates Live concert.

Even as a young boy Tim Omaji had big dreams. Now the former Canberran, better known by his stage name Timomatic, is returning to the city where his career first began.

He will take to the stage on the lawns of Parliament House alongside Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian and others for the Australia Celebrates Live concert.

Timomatic says it's a privilege to perform with such experienced musicians and he is humbled to be included in the exceptional line-up.

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Pictured on main stage Timomatic.
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Timomatic will take to the stage alongside Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian and others for the Australia Celebrates Live concert. Photo: Angela Milne

"When I was younger I used to always check the concert out. I was like 'one day I want to perform on the Australia Day stage,' " he says.

Timomatic came to Canberra as a baby when his family migrated from Nigeria to Australia. The Omaji family settled in Canberra for about five years and Timomatic still remembers their first home - a small flat near Parliament House.

"I remember that we were a big family living in very small places - it was very cosy," he laughs.

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Pictured on main stage Timomatic.
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Timomatic: "When I was younger I used to always check the concert out. I was like, 'one day I want to perform on the Australia Day stage.' " Photo: Angela Milne

"My parents would always put on barbecues and lunches for the flat block - the community was quite tight."

Timomatic credits his parents with instilling in him a love for music.

"My parents were always really into music; my dad played guitar and we'd always sing and dance around the house," he says.

"When I was about nine my family joined a family band and started performing, and I was the percussionist for that band."

The family left Canberra in 1993 but Timomatic returned to the nation's capital in 2004. It was here he got involved with dance company Kulture Break.

Timomatic accepted a part-time position as artistic director and choreographer at just 15 years of age.

"In Kulture Break I really learnt on a personal level how to just be myself," he says. "On a performance level I really learnt how to connect with my audience."

As Timomatic got more involved with dance and music he says he realised he wanted to make a career out of performing. But while his family supported his passions as hobbies they thought studies should come first.

"But a burning desire was within me to do music and I knew I couldn't reach my full potential unless I gave it my full attention," he says.

"I didn't tell them the best way; I kind of dropped out of uni six months in and didn't tell anyone.

"That wasn't the best way but I just knew I had to tell them."

Despite initial concerns, Timomatic said his parents supported his decision and it was actually his mum who suggested he audition for So You Think You Can Dance. He had completed a diploma in entertainment, majoring in vocal training, but said he wasn't sure what direction to take his music in.

He decided to focus on dancing and surprised himself by coming seventh.

But despite his success in dance, music remained a passion and he tried out for another popular show, Australia's Got Talent, as a singer.

"It was really scary. I know a lot of people were surprised. To go on one show is one thing and to go on two is another and to lose both - I didn't win one of them," he laughs.

Even though he didn't win, he managed to get a contract with Sony Music Australia in 2011 and his debut single Set It Off was nominated for song of the year at the 2012 ARIA Music Awards.

Timomatic admits that he works hard to be in the music industry and has had to make sacrifices.

"The sacrifice of a lot of friendships and even relationships," he says. "[Music] can be a very selfish lover and can take up all your time and it can sometimes be hard to share with others."

He says missing some of the significant family moments has been the hardest sacrifice of all for him, but his family understands.

"In this field you can't half-heartedly jump in. I was like: 'rain, hail or shine I'm in this thing; I'm in this until they tell me to leave,' " he says.

"They love me for it and they understand my spirit is with them."

Timomatic at Australia Celebrates Live

WITH: Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian and the Presets

WHEN: Friday, January 25. Australian of the year awards from 6pm. Concert from 7pm.

WHERE: On the lawns of Parliament House.

Head here for a full rundown of the weekend festivities.

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