We speak to Gerald Clark about his amazing musical career so far.
You’ve had a very successful musical career. What have been some of the highlights on your journey?
Getting to work with other great artists is always a highlight and everyone time I play a good show where I feel well connected to the musical fire within, it voids the previous highlight. I just came back from STRAB fest in Mozambique and Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. My slot at Bushfire was amazing! I played solo and had over a 1000 people in that little amphitheatre stage focusing on what I was doing and getting down with the boogie in front of the stage. Almost all of them were foreigners and new people that haven’t heard of me or my music. It was awesome.
Tell us more about your latest album, “AfroBoer and The GoldenGoose”. What was production like for the album and which song stands out?
We recorded in an old house in Wellington with vintage equipment and amazingly talented musicians and we took our time with the mixing of the album, experimenting and finding a unique sound.
I really like tracks 2, 4 and 6.
You almost live like a nomad. How does this affect your music?
We’ve seen some amazing places in the past 5 months and had some cool adventures yes. It definitely shines through in my performances. I’m rested, focused and I love my job more than ever! I’m also busy writing some new material and developing new ideas for my shows.
How do you stay down to earth in the face of winning so many awards, touring internationally and working with incredible acts?
Unfortunately I haven’t won any awards although I’ve been nominated for a few. I have never had to face fame really, so I guess the way I live my life is the way I am.
Touring internationally and seeing your music touch more people away from home is a good feeling, but I’ve never had with my head in the clouds about it. That sure is a strange notion.
What is your ultimate musical success?
Being able to play in Nashville. There are some great musicians around, so the experience was a highlight.
Photo by Henry Engelbrecht