Ever wonder which new bands the stars of MLS listen to? Curious who they’d invite over for a fantasy dinner party? Then join Jon Langford from The Chevin as he talks music with Major League Soccer’s biggest names.
This week’s DJ, ahead of their crucial game against FC Dallas this weekend, is LA Galaxy and US national team winger Robbie Rogers.
MLSsoccer.com: Festival season is almost over. Did you manage to get to any?
Rogers: I never have time to go to any festivals, unfortunately. But if I could go to one, I’d go to Coachella with a good group of friends.
MLSsoccer.com: What was the most recent concert you went to?
Rogers: It was a Bastille show at the Shoreditch House in East London back in February. They were playing a secret warm-up show.
MLSsoccer.com: Who is most responsible for influencing your musical tastes?
Rogers: Actually, my surroundings rather than people have shaped my musical tastes. For example, when I was living in London I listened to lots of Bastille and Ben Howard. And when I was in Columbus I listened to Bon Iver and City and Colour, too, both of which are more chill and similar to the setting of the city.
MLSsoccer.com: Is there a particular track that provokes a powerful memory from your childhood?
Rogers: For every country or city that I’ve lived in, and for every meaningful moment in my life, I have a song that reminds me of the place and period. There are too many to name.
MLSsoccer.com: What was the first album you ever bought?
Rogers: The first album I ever bought was Sublime’s 40oz. to Freedom. I didn’t tell my mom.
MLSsoccer.com: If you had to pick a favorite artist or band of all time… Who would it be?
Rogers: My favorite band of all time is probably… Incubus.
MLSsoccer.com: Which new acts are you listening to?
Rogers: I just bought the Chvrches album. I like them a lot.
MLSsoccer.com: Any music you’re embarrassed to admit holds a place in your iTunes library?
Rogers: The most embarrassing songs on my computer? Hmm, there’s maybe a little Justin Bieber in there. I’m not a big fan though.
MLSsoccer.com: In another life, one where you're not a professional soccer player, but a rock star, are you: a) the strutting lead singer, b) the crazy drummer, c) the moody bass player, d) the party-animal lead guitarist or e) the geeky keyboardist?
Rogers: I am definitely the geeky keyboardist. I’ll be rocking the cool vintage shades at all times.
MLSsoccer.com: Which musicians, dead or alive, would you have over for a fantasy dinner party and why?
Rogers: I would have Freddie Mercury over for a little barbecue … one where everyone had to rock dirty moustaches.
MLSsoccer.com: If the MLS Cup final had a halftime show like the Super Bowl, which artist would you like to see perform?
Rogers: I’d like to see Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z perform their little duet. But I’d be in the locker room at halftime so I’d miss it! [Laughs]
MLSsoccer.com: Finally, which song should be used in a montage of your game? (In other words: What’s your Rocky theme tune?)
Rogers: Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” would be my tune! [Laughs]
What’s on Robbie’s iPod right now?
1. Bastille – Pompeii
2. City and Colour – Comin’ Home
3. Chvrches – The Mother We Share
4. Avicii – Wake Me Up
5. Bon Iver – Re: Stacks
6. HAIM – Don’t Save Me
7. Bastille – Overjoyed