Call it luck of the Irish, but multi-talented performer Bobby Fox is clearly on a winning streak.
He answers his phone for a quick chat whilst on a break, in his trailer no less, from shooting a regular role in Channel Nine’s new series, House Husbands.
“I love being able to jump from one thing to another,” Bobby said.
In the past year alone, Irish-born Bobby has jumped from the stage to the studio to screen.
Fresh from playing the original Frankie Valli in record-breaking seasons of Jersey Boys in Melbourne and Sydney, Bobby jumped straight into his next venture, recording original songs.
“It’s been a nerve-wracking thing, man,” he said.
“It’s my creation, it’s my music, it’s just sort of me on the line going down a new avenue that people haven’t really seen before.”
His debut EP titled Extended Play was released on iTunes this week.
It was recorded with his band, The Treatment, early this year, with most of the band branching out from playing on Jersey Boys to rock out with their original Frankie.
“It was just a really natural thing,” Bobby said.
“And it wasn’t just that the boys were local or handy to get a hold of, it’s just because they’re all awesome.”
With co-songwriter, Glenn Quinn, one of Bobby’s best mates and one of his on-stage Tommy DeVitos from Jersey Boys, on board, the EP began to lift.
“We’d been very close friends for a few years and I always knew he had a very creative mind when it came to language,” Bobby said.
“I was coming from an Irish music background where everything is totally melodic, so I knew that melodically I’d be able to cut it and I knew that lyrically he would too.”
With an old-school, pop-rock vibe, Extended Play is an eclectic mix, ranging from radio-friendly pop to more indie orientated tunes, all with Bobby’s signature piercing vocals and some epic guitar riffs thrown in for good measure.
“It’s very story-orientated and essentially it was all about discovering another part of myself and presenting that forward,” he said.
“I want to diversify as a performer, I want to be malleable at all times.
“Hell for me would be sitting around waiting for the next musical that I’m right for to come along and then battling with however many guys that are just as right for it.”
Looks like this Fox clearly makes his own luck.
Bobby Fox + The Treatment, Extended Play, is available now on iTunes.