John @ Musuk was fortunate, fortunate to get to interview a member of one of his most favourite bands, an inspiration to him growing up, a reason why Musuk exists today! Talking about his bands Allister and his new project Hot Alice, we bring you our “In-Depth with” Tim Rogner!
Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved music. My dad has played in a band for over 40 years so he was a huge inspiration. We always had drum kits and various musical instruments in the house so it was something that just developed naturally.
I was writing a lot of the songs and singing them while playing drums. We quickly realized lead singing drummers aren’t cool.
At the time we were just excited to have recorded original music. We didn’t care if it sounded good or bad, we were just happy to have it on tape.
This is certainly not the end of Allister. It’s hard for all 4 members of Allister to regularly get together though and since I have to keep playing and writing music, I formed Hot Alice. It’s a bit more rock n roll but definitely has elements of punk rock. We don’t have any plans for Hot Alice except to write, record, and play music we love.
No. We do not keep in contact with them.
I would expect a trip to the bar to watch a Cubs game.
oh boy this is an impossible question to answer but I will throw something out there. I’m going to say (in no particular order) these songs: 1. A Remark You Made – Weather Report; 2. Fool in the Rain – Led Zeppelin; 3. Come Sail Away – Styx; 4. Speculative Fiction – Propaghandi; 5. Best Thing That You Never Had – Butch Walker
Unfortunately we have no plans to visit Scotland again any time soon.
one of my favorite memories from Scotland was selling out the Garage in Glasgow. That was truly awesome. We also got to see Donatur Castle up by Aberdeen. That was really neat as well.
Yes it is the best selling Allister record but the reason that we were playing it had more to do with the fact that it was the 10 year anniversary of that record and it just felt like the fun thing to do.
I always write melodies first. Once I come up with a melody and chords I try to find words that fit to go with it. Sometimes it all comes together quickly and easily and sometimes it’s a painfully difficult, unnatural process.
I have 2 kids that keep me very busy. Between football and baseball games and working as a Training Coordinator for a life insurance company, it’s amazing I find time to write and record sometimes!
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The track is actually a (true?) story about the great Chicago Fire of 1871. In October of that year a fire burned the city nearly completely to the ground. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the barn of the O’Leary family, but after doing some research on it, there’s more truth to the story that the fire was started by a man named Pegleg Sullivan. I’m a fan of all things Historical and thought the subject might make for an interesting song.
Honestly, just being able to record music and have fans tell you it has made a difference in their life. I know what it feels like when a song or a band changes your entire life and to be able to do that for someone else is truly a special feeling.
Back To the Future
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