Recently I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing quite a few prolific South African artists thanks to my dear friend Mike Kimmings from Rock Lily Music Promotions and Events. Mike is without a doubt THE most passionate fan of South African music and does so much to promote South African music. (A great shout out to you Mike!!! We LOVE your work my friend!)
So it happened that one of these South African musicians that I interviewed was the SA rock god – Arno Carstens! Boy… was I shaky at the knees…!!! All for no reason might I add…
Arno was a very pleasant surprise as a person – warm, welcoming, accommodating, fun, funny, a gentleman, fabulous, an enigma, he has an awesome sense of style and dress very funky and is an absolute pleasure to interview. Not the diva rock god I expected (says she tongue in cheek!).
The interview was easy, laid back, fun and totally enlightening. What I discovered is that this man, this legend of SA rock music is a warm, sensitive and super intelligent individual and tremendously talented on top of everything – a real genius. And yes for sure, we all know that his music truly rocks – but did you know that he is also a celebrated painter?
I kid you not! Go check out his paintings! *nudge nudge wink wink*
As part of the interview, I get to attend the shows as well so I can write about it, spread the word and we film it for my show. Watch the interview here, and while you are there, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. 😉
I was obviously ecstatic when Arno sang one of my all time favorites, Another Universe – a song that really displays the deep mind and intricate song writing skills of this remarkable individual. This song have and will always transport me to “another universe” as it makes you relive times and places that you don’t ever want to forget – thanks for that one Arno!
As the lyrics goes:
“Lonely, lonely never us again
A galaxy to explore
Don’t wanna return to a world at war
From the galaxy of blues to a universe we choose”
We were also treated to Arno’s brand new single, Lift my Spirit, that offers thought provoking lyrics and a different sound to what we’re used to from Arno. A bit of grunge mixed with catchy pop sounds – and all round pleasant on the ear while getting the toes tapping.
Suffice to say that if this is the taste of things to come on Arno’s 6th English solo album well sign me up folks! This exciting new sound is working for me, for Arno and from the looks of things for his audiences as well and we cannot WAIT to hear more!
Now instead of simply regurgitating Arno’s bio on his website, I took the liberty to copy and paste some info verbatim on this phenomenal giant of South African music, so please have a read below my post and also follow Arno’s social media accounts as it makes for funny random reading on his Instagram profile, and provides interesting and useful info regarding new music, shows and tours on his official Twitter and Facebook pages.
Now all that is left to say is (and I quote Arno’s lyrics from his new single): “Life gets better baby”!!!
Until next time – go well, stay safe, DON’T be good and always have fun!
Loads of love and great vibes
Information curtesy of Arno’s Website
“ARNO CARSTENS BIOGRAPHY
Platinum selling, award winning, singer-songwriter Arno Carstens has released 12 albums; 5 as lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as part of Electronica project Bhelltower and 6 as a solo artist, Arno Carstens.
He’s had over 20 top ten singles and won 5 SAMA Awards including Best Rock Album in 2004 for Another Universe and Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2006 for The Hello Goodbye Boys.
During his 20 year career, Arno has performed with U2, The Rolling Stones and REM, among many others; headlined every major South African music festival; and performed at some of the most legendary and exclusive international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival and Hard Rock Calling.
Arno Carstens is also a celebrated fine artist, who paints in oils on canvas. The 2014 album cover for ‘Lightning Prevails’ was designed using an original painting done by Arno in 2006.
In September 2016, Arno released his debut Afrikaans album, and to honour his roots, called it ‘Die Aandblom 13’. Thirteen tracks that tell loosely fact based stories about who he is and where he’s come from; he grew up in Worcester at Aandblom Straat 13, and still goes there as often as possible.”