NINE LIVES

LAWRENCE ROTHMAN HAS NINE PER­SON­AL­I­TIES, AND ONE IS EL­IZ­A­BETH TAY­LOR! MEET THEM ALL ON HIS AU­TO­BI­O­GRAPH­I­CAL DE­BUT AL­BUM. MARC AN­DREWS IN­VES­TI­GATES.

DNA Magazine - - DNA SAMPLES -

I am nine dif­fer­ent peo­ple. The most au­then­tic and truest form of who I am…

DNA: You’re a cool cat with nine lives, or nine per­sonas, re­ally. Talk us through that. Lawrence Rothman: Yes, they are all the nine sides of my­self. We all have vari­a­tions of our­selves that we show dif­fer­ent peo­ple. I tend to wear mine on my sleeve. Lit­er­ally! Who are we talk­ing to now and could it change with­out warn­ing? Right now you are talk­ing to Orion and, yes, they change with the wind. Do you have a favourite? I love them all and I hate them all. That’s how ev­ery­one feels about them­selves. You can ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme de­pres­sive mo­ments and ex­treme highs along with ev­ery­day even­ness. Where is the real Lawrence Rothman in all of this? When I am un­cen­sored. I am nine dif­fer­ent peo­ple. The most au­then­tic and truest form of who I am is all nine of these per­son­al­i­ties. I have ex­treme Gem­ini Syn­drome. Let’s talk about your mu­sic. You’ve worked with some big names on your de­but al­bum, The Book Of Law. It was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion. I be­came very in­su­lar and iso­lated, which re­sulted in this au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal mu­sic. I love cre­at­ing art and wher­ever that leads me I’ll be do­ing it un­til I die. Grow­ing up, who were your mu­si­cal heroes? Kurt Cobain [Nir­vana lead singer], Bob Dy­lan and Tu­pac Shakur. El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor is one of your per­sonas – how much do you love her? I love ev­ery­thing about El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. Her films are some of the finest ever. She is the most per­fect ex­am­ple of glam­our that ever lived. She is def­i­nitely my diva! You play with gen­der flu­id­ity on the al­bum. Is this a new thing for you or has it al­ways been the case? I’ve lived my whole life not iden­ti­fy­ing with a gen­der bi­nary. My mother was al­ways ac­cept­ing of this. My fa­ther not much. I had a hard time with this in my teens. Were you bul­lied at school? I had a hard time be­cause of the way I looked and pre­sented my­self. I hid in my mu­sic and po­etry. I wrote many short sto­ries to ease my con­fu­sion and pain. On the spec­trum of sex­u­al­ity where do you place your­self? I fall in love with a per­son re­gard­less of sex­ual iden­tity. Does hav­ing an LGBT au­di­ence ap­peal to you? Is that some­thing you are specif­i­cally look­ing for? I love any­one as long as they are not a Trump sup­porter. Amer­i­can pol­i­tics – what’s your take on how we can sur­vive the next few years? It’s such a sad, de­press­ing time. I don’t have that an­swer other than hope­fully we will get lucky and Trump will get thrown out. What’s one thing that might sur­prise peo­ple about you? I can read and speak He­brew. Are you a spir­i­tual per­son then? I am a cu­ri­ous per­son and love div­ing in and study­ing all sorts of re­li­gions. Does ro­mance play a part in your life? It’s not some­thing I’m fo­cused on at the mo­ment, but I am at­tracted to peo­ple who are strong, cre­ative and dom­i­nant. What are your views on gay mar­riage? Peo­ple should be al­lowed to marry who­ever they want with­out per­mis­sion from some old-school, out­dated think­ing. And your mes­sage to the gay world? Live hon­estly and au­then­ti­cally, de­spite what oth­ers want from you.

(TOP) LAWRENCE AS EL­IZ­A­BETH TAY­LOR; AS TRU­MAN (WITH GUI­TAR) AND AS ORION (ABOVE), WHO SPOKE TO DNA.

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