Kurt Darren training for pilot licence
Pauli van Wyk
Cape Town – Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren will soon be a helicopter pilot; he has already lost 8kg, the Innibos festival may be scrapped and he has gained a band.
He is getting rid of all the "unnecessary nonsense" in his life.
"What an amazing feeling it is to learn to fly. It makes all your senses work at once. You can't help but become addicted to the feeling.
"I'm currently learning to hover. I have done seven hours and 30 minutes already. I am living again and I'm crazy about it."
Darren decided to obtain a private helicopter license and he claims it has renewed his focus.
He wants to return to the basics, where it all started: the music.
For his license Darren will need to complete 50 hours of flying of which 15 hours will be solo flights.
Kurt Darren also plans to buy his own helicopter "when the time is right" but for now he has to learn how to really concentrate because your feet, hands, eyes and ears all work together during flying, he says.
"I have recently released my 20th album. I have done hundreds of shows. And I know what works, what excites my fans and what they don't like. I couldn't help but become a little rusty."
It's dangerous for an artist to become rusty, says Darren.
Kurt Darren admits that he is actually an adrenalin junkie. "I am crazy about things like skydiving, shark diving and bungee jumping."
"I have already lost 8kg in the past month. And there is still more to lose."
The new life also brings a loss – Darren might not host the Innibos festival on his farm anymore.
"Sometimes these things go hand in hand with too much trouble," he says shaking his head.
At least there is now the KD band, he reassures.
"I got tired of the back tracks. Now I am making music with five young people and we rock the stage like never before."