The countdown is on. There’s just a week left before the premiere of STUDIO at the MEMO and we can’t wait for Australia to experience this all-singing, all-dancing, outrageous new cabaret series.
Starting next Tuesday 16 July at 8.30pm, STUDIO at the MEMO will be giving audiences an access-all-areas pass to one of Australia’s most iconic musical venues, St Kilda’s Memorial Hall. Recruiting a dream team of performers and some of the world’s most daring acts, this series joyfully hopscotches through burlesque, cabaret, circus, music and more over six extravagant episodes.
The glue holding this rowdy troupe of performers together will be none other than Australian rock legend Tim Rogers. Before you catch him in the spotlight, we’ve pulled together a few interesting facts to help you get to know your host a little better.
GET TO KNOW TIM ROGERS:
Best known for: Being the songwriter and frontman of iconic Australian alternative rock band ‘You Am I’, as well as an accomplished solo artist.
Born: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Lives: St Kilda, Melbourne for the past 14 years
Height: 6 foot 3 inches.
Years in You Am I: 24
Characteristics: Roguishly charming personality, self-depreciating humour and a rock star presence.
Albums released: 12 with You Am I; 2 as a solo artist
Solo career: As well having two solo albums under his belt he has released a number of collaborative albums with The Temperance Union, Tex Perkins and ‘The Twin Set’.
Awards: Across both his solo and group career he has bagged 10 Aria Awards (including Best Male Artist), Mo Award for Performer of the Year and with ‘You Am I’ set a record for three consecutive straight-in-at-No. 1 albums.
Favourite You Am I songs to play live: “Disappearing”, “Deliverance”, “What They Do At Night”.
Rock star connections: With ‘You Am I’ he has supported bands such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth and Oasis.
Film Work: He has worked on several film soundtracks included the soundtracks for Idiot Box and Dirty Deeds, in which he also had a cameo appearance.
Early life: Rogers was studying law at the Australian National University when he met long time ‘You Am I’ band mate, Andy Kent.
Sports: In 2012, Rogers was the face of the AFL finals series, starring in the ‘This is Greatness’ television commercial and a print advertising campaign.
Did you know: Rogers had a bit part as “the seducer” in Jane Campion’s 1999 flick Holy Smoke, starring Kate Winslet. He also appeared in several episodes of the TV Series MDA.