Rogers out to 'slay' Byron crowd
TIM Rogers is many things, particularly at this time in his life.
Frontman and guitarist in iconic Australian rock group You Am I, composer, writer, actor and, as I now learn, an obsessed walker.
As we talk, Rogers is striding from the theatre where he's working on Marion Pott's Blood Wedding.
"I'm walking to my home along the St Kilda Boulevard thinking about writing a one- man show based on Percy Grainger the Australian composer, who was also an obsessed walker," Rogers says. "I don't share his sexual proclivities but we do have that one thing in common."
The image of Rogers walking down the street jogs my memory. I tell him of the intriguing moment in my teenage years when I watched him march down Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
"Was I walking with a UDL?" he gibes.
After suggesting the morning didn't call for said beverage, he replies, "Oh, so it was beer". The rest of our chat is filled with Rogers' self-deprecating remarks.
While he may be taking on new ventures Rogers says he has no real ambition outside of music and writing.
"I don't know whether I'm that interested in (acting)," he says. "Which is unfortunate because I have a lot of acting jobs coming up at the end of this year.
"For better or worse I do the job. I do my best to give a good performance. And, try to lay off the sauce so I can give it my best.
"I have no ambitions; I have ambitions in writing, but not the acting."
Merging rock'n'roll and acting isn't high on Rogers' list either.
After a Sydney writer wrote of Rogers' "rockstar-acting" he took issue.
"When you think of a rockstar you think dyed black hair cut in a certain way, leather jackets and stupid skinny jeans," he explains. "It's a reductive term.
"I've spent 25 years playing in a band, but it's what I do around that - I work hard - I don't spend time messing up my hair. I'm a try-hard jazz musician, a writer, a gardener. I like to push things a little bit. I know it's a little thing to pick up on but there are more things I'm interested in."
Next week, he plays Byron Bay, the same day he releases his first album on ABC music label Four, who he signed with in July, Rogers Sings Rogerstein.
Shel Rogerstein, Rogers has been telling everyone, lives 26,000 miles away in Cleveland.
The two met on a train years ago and as the story goes, they recently reunited and wrote music together.
Rogers describes the album as a greatest-hits effort because it's so disparate in styles.
"It's got baroque balladry alongside thumping rock'n'roll," he says. "We just make music for ourselves, it's selfish."
When he plays Byron Bay next week, he says "We're going to slay the joint".
Tim Rogers is playing The Hotel Great Northern in Byron Bay on August 24, 9pm. Tickets $30 at the door or book ahead.