One half of an Aus­tralian celebrity power cou­ple, singer and en­ter­tainer Tim Camp­bell chats to Marc An­drews about his in­ner disco diva and those weird thoughts that made him gay!

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Hand­some, blond and hunky, it’s no sur­prise that 38-year-old Tim Camp­bell is one of Aus­tralia’s most recog­nis­able show­biz faces. He’s ap­peared in soaps like Home And Away, hosted some fright­ful pro­grams ( Celebrity Singing Bee, Mil­lion Dol­lar Wheel Of For­tune and Na­tional Bingo Night) and starred as part of a gay cou­ple bring­ing up a child to­gether in the hit se­ries House Hus­bands. He even found spare time to don se­quins for Dancing With The Stars and has a not-so-se­cret pen­chant for mu­si­cals, ap­pear­ing in Wicked, Rent, Shout and The Boyfriend.

Now he’s turned his tal­ents to mu­sic, specif­i­cally his love of disco and pop clas­sics. His de­but cov­ers al­bum, High School Disco, is re­leased this month. Tim am­ply shows off his vo­cal tal­ents as he whips through fizzy hits from the likes of Madonna, Ge­orge Michael and even re-roasts the disco chest­nut Shake Your Groove Thing.

Tim hasn’t pre­vi­ously talked much about his seven-year re­la­tion­ship with Aus­tralian Idol run­ner-up Anthony Cal­lea, but DNA wasn’t about to let him get away that eas­ily… DNA: Are you fi­nally shar­ing your in­ner disco diva with the world? Tim Camp­bell: I think it’s fair to say I’ve been do­ing that for years. Al­though as a tall lanky boy from the western sub­urbs of Syd­ney, I may not be the most qual­i­fied dancer! What’s the most re­cent track on the al­bum? I some­times say at my gigs, “If it was writ­ten af­ter 1995, I don’t want to know about it!” Tongue firmly in cheek, of course. Cal­lea will kill me for that alone [laughs]! Prob­a­bly Ge­orge Michael’s Faith would be the most re­cent! Didn’t you want to add any orig­i­nals to the mix? I never say never to orig­i­nals in the fu­ture, but I don’t pro­fess to be a singer/ song­writer. I say singer/en­ter­tainer. What do you think the Queen Of Pop will make of your ver­sion of Hol­i­day? Now you’ve put the fear of Madonna into me! I am a big fan of early Madonna – she is the orig­i­nal Gaga for Gen X. I think we’ve put a fresh spin on this track, while still hon­our­ing those great synth sounds of the Queen’s ver­sion. If she ever hears it I will wet my pants, whether she likes it or not! What does disco mean for you: glit­ter balls, plat­forms and hair chests? Disco is all about fun – chest hair op­tional [laughs]. Have you seen Amer­i­can Hus­tle and any chance of you steal­ing Bradley Cooper’s perm from it? I haven’t, but you had me at Bradley Cooper. Off to track it down! Were you al­ways a lover of disco? God, yes! I was

born in 1975, right in the mid­dle of the disco era. For me the songs have never died, but then I’ve never fol­lowed what oth­ers say is daggy or cool. I do what feels good. I mean, I’ve never stopped drink­ing chardon­nay! What’s your best disco move? On stage, you can’t go past fin­ish­ing a song with the Satur­day Night Fever fin­ger point! Al­ways a win­ner! If you’re con­fi­dent with it, people think you’re ac­tu­ally a dancer. I’m so not, but have been called one be­fore. Do you and Anthony have disco par­ties at home and get out the wigs? God, no, we don’t have wigs! We do have an eclec­tic mix of mu­sic dur­ing din­ner par­ties, but leave the dancing to the dance floors when we’re out. The only mu­si­cal mo­ments are when I jump on the piano at about mid­night af­ter a few bot­tles [laughs]. What does he think of the al­bum? He has no choice but to love it and be in­volved. I have lived through a few of his mu­si­cal projects, so it’s great we can share ideas and help each other. Of course Anthony is one of the best vo­cal­ists live and in stu­dio. He has been an in­cred­i­ble as­set to this record­ing process. No duet from you two on the al­bum – we were hop­ing for No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)? [Singing from the clas­sic disco duet] I can’t go on, I can’t go on! I did a duet on his lat­est Christ­mas al­bum, that’s enough for now. What else does 2014 have in store for you? I’ll be tour­ing this al­bum in June and July, my first ever live tour. I have done mu­si­cals and tours with my band on out­door and cor­po­rate gigs, but this is the first time I’m open­ing to a pay­ing au­di­ence in the clubs and other venues. It’s a sim­ple mix of fright and ut­ter ex­cite­ment. Hon­estly, I can’t wait to bring High School Disco live to life. Anthony told DNA he was keen to have chil­dren at some stage. What’s the date on that? Still not clucky, sorry. I know, I know, my clock is tick­ing [laughs]. Is it hard be­ing in a celebrity gay cou­ple? Hon­estly, there’s noth­ing hard about be­ing yourself. I get where the celebrity tag comes from, but it hardly in­flu­ences our life to­gether. We’re just a cou­ple at the end of the day. What age were you when you came out? I was 20 and thank­fully had an in­cred­i­ble fam­ily and friend sup­port net­work that made it so much eas­ier than I pre­dicted in my head. I know that I’m lucky. Many don’t get to have

Disco is all about fun – chest hair op­tional!

that ex­pe­ri­ence, but don’t ever be afraid to be yourself. [Pon­der­ing] I didn’t al­ways know; I didn’t even know what gay was un­til I had those “weird thoughts”. Once you un­der­stand it in your own way, and in your own time, it is so much more re­ward­ing. Were you bul­lied at school at all? Thank­fully, no. I was teased on oc­ca­sion as we all were, but never bul­lied. I was a lot more into sport at school and did fairly well in that do­main. Mu­sic, how­ever, has in­flu­enced many stages of my life. I can’t put on [Mariah Carey’s al­bum] Mu­sic Box with­out the pos­si­ble odd tear on a cou­ple of songs. I love that mu­sic can in­flu­ence many emo­tions. As an out gay man what are your hopes for the world in 2014? Putting Rus­sia aside, I be­lieve there are pos­i­tive steps be­ing made world­wide which is in­evitable once ed­u­ca­tion can shine through. Yes, we have a con­ser­va­tive govern­ment presently, but I don’t feel that progress can’t con­tinue. Also, I like to equally fo­cus on is­sues that don’t wholly re­late to my sex­u­al­ity… em­brace it all [laughs]. What’s your mes­sage to the read­ers of DNA? Buy a sub­scrip­tion, it’s a great mag­a­zine. Is that what you were af­ter [laughs]? Speedos or board­shorts at the beach? Def­i­nitely board shorts. Cal­lea and I de­bate this of­ten, but I’m there for the waves and a swim!

more: High School Disco is re­leased through ABC Mu­sic/ Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic

Tim and part­ner Anthony Cal­lea.

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