Heilung – live in Melbourne

Heilung is an experimental folk music band made up of members from Denmark, Norway, and Germany. Their music is based on texts and runic inscriptions from Germanic peoples of the Iron Age, and Viking Age.

  • drums, including one with horse skin painted with human blood, two drums with deerskin and a drum with goatskin
  • bones, including a human forearm bone and deer bones
  • a buffalo horn rattle
  • a clay rattle with human ashes
  • a Hindu ritual bell
  • antiques from temples
  • a reconstructed silver cup from the Viking age

2 years in Melbourne (the worlds most liveable city)

I moved to Melbourne when I was around 18 years old. It was a big move for me. Being born and raised in small town country Victoria, Melbourne was about 4 hours away from my family. I visited Melbourne a fair bit growing up, school excursions were often there. My dad would take me to the football occasionally. It wasn’t until I turned 18 and I went to Melbourne to party like a rockstar that I decided I’d like to live there. I managed to get a job transfer as I worked for a corporate electronics company that was based in Melbourne.
I packed up my little bags, donated my car & I was on my way. Thankfully I had an uncle that owns many houses in the lovely inner city suburb of Richmond. He would rent out the rooms to backpackers or students. I loved this, I got to choose my housemates, I would find them on websites, take them through the various houses ect. The location of the houses is spectacular, very close to city, nice nightlife, close to all the arenas every thing is only a short walk away!
I absolutely loved living in a share house. Being 1 of 6, I was used to sharing everything growing up and not having much privacy. The people I lived with truly inspired me to travel! These travellers would come alone or with a friend, Just pack up and leave from the other side of the world. I loved the thought of this. We would exchange stories and inspire each other.
What I love most about Melbourne.
The food,
Melbourne is such a multicultural city there is so many delicious cuisines to try. I enjoy trying different food and would often go on food hunts. They also have great markets with fresh produce

Melbourne is known for its music. Melbournians love their live music. This city doesn’t disappoint, there are many venues that have live music all the time. Many international artist visit Rod Lava arena & select few superstars fill out the big Etihad stadium. You will see buskers on some streets, some better than others.

The shopping.
The shopping is really the best in Australia. You could easily spend a day at chadstone shopping centre. I love the botique stores down chapel st in South Yarra. I spent a lot of my time shopping.

The night life
Melbourne night life is really buzzing, the states liquor licenses allow some venues to keep open till 10am , so you really can party till the sun comes up. They have something for everyone, laid back pubs with local live music. A great nightclub scene. As well as a select few gay venues.

The transport. If you live in the inner city like I did, It’s great that you don’t need a car. The transport is pretty reliable with services going fairly often. Richmond was great as it was a transport hub that connected you to most of Melbourne. I found it value for money with my student card. I was paying around $15 a week. It has since gone up to around $18. Melbournes MYKI system allows you to have 1 card for all busses, trains & trams.

It is a walkable city.
I love that it is very walk and bike friendly. I love exploring cities by foot and Melbourne really allows for this.

Sport. If you love sport, then yes Melbourne is known for its sport. It has more sport than any other city in Australia. I am not so much a fan of sport but did enjoy going to the Australian Open a few times. I don’t mind an AFL game here and there to have a perv and get amongst the Aussie culture that they take so seriously.

I can certainly see why Melbourne is highly regarded as one of the most liveable cities. I really enjoyed my two years here! I do see myself living back in Melbourne when I am older.

My first year in Melbourne I worked full time. The following year I did full-time study with a part time job. I studied Screen and media in Collingwood. For one of my projects I created this video on the suburb Melbourne. Its a few years old but gives you an idea.

It stars me, I also edited it & did the voice over.

My date with Kim Kardashian (Melb, AUS)

This was quite a bizarre experience. I had won this through my telecommunications service provider Optus they had sponsored her to come to Australia and promote a new phone. It was a 25 words or less competition I seen on Facebook, the question was where would you take Kim Kardashian to in Melbourne. Living in Melbourne at the time I worked down Chapel St, South Yarra, what I think is the greatest shopping strip in Melbourne. I also worked in that street, So I suggested I would take her to my favourite cafe down there.

When I got an email the night before saying I would be meeting Kim Kardashian in a secret location I was sort of gob smacked. I started laughing , I was like wtf. haha. I was scheduled to work the next day. I let my boss know I won’t be in tomorrow as I have a date with Kim Kardashian, something I’m sure no boss would hear everyday.

The next decision was what do I wear, who do I bring, its such short notice.
The truth is I went and splurged on a nice $129 shirt & went into the hairdressers and got my hair did. Looking back I cringe at my hair cut. I was just a naive little 19 year old boy though.


I was told I would be meeting her at the boutique store “Betino Liano” an Aussie designer in women wear, down chapel st. Surprise, the exact street I said I would take her. I knew she would love it down there, its where all the major boutique stores are. I managed to find a friend for the occasion, my besty Brooke. The whole experience was very personal, I thought it would be very awkward and rushed but it wasn’t. I actually got to spend quite some quality time with her. As you can see in the photos it was very personal, It was an actual meet and greet and hang out, then we watched her shop while we sipped Fiji water. Just your average thursday right?

I got a little nervous and lost for words, she was laughing at me.

I got a little nervous and lost for words, she was laughing at me.

I was nervous. I mean who wouldn’t be I was about to hang out with the worlds most famous socialite. I was a fan of hers, but not like obsessed. I respected her beauty & was super surprised at how flawless she really was in real life, all those magazine photos I’d seen do compare. Her hair looked almost fake it was that shiny , healthy and just plain stunning. Her complexion to perfection. Her figure she is so famous for was very unique and extremely curvy. She was sooo short! Her height shocked me, I know she gets round in some massive heals but wow she was tiny. I guess the magazines do make girls look taller. As I had the same reaction when I met J-Lo in LA.

Kim doesn't just take photos she looks amazing in real life also

Kim doesn’t just take a good photos she looks amazing in real life also

We exchange some small talk chit chat about how beautiful Australia is, about her being friends with Paris hilton, her time in Sydney, I was very impressed at how engaging she was. She was looking at me in the eye when I was speaking to her. She genuinely come across as a sweet heart. She told me I was very smart & the first fan who had ever taken the actual slip out of the DVD to be signed. I knew if she signed straight onto the plastic it would just rub off.

A bizzarre, yet satisfying experience. Just another example that yes, these people are just humans and they are like me and you. Well almost.

Even after 5 years I still haven’t forgotten about this unique experience. I never imagined it would come back to life and spun into such a funny story to promote that Dating show I was appearing on. Here are some funny stories





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