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YesterdayAfter is my Design Studio & Atelier where all my art is debuted and displayed. You find my visual art in all it’s forms, and my Jewelry designs. Unique Limited Edition and one of a kind Jewelry designed and handcrafted by me reflecting my passion for tradition and innovation. My creativity extends to Watercolor painting, Jewelry and Fashion Design, Illustration, Art For Music, Photography, Digital Art, Custom Digital Portraits, Poetry and more…
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My interview with Musician Composer and Independent Artist: Viktor Norðir
Today I am very excited and happy to introduce you with my special guest for this interesting interview. My dear friend musician Viktor Norðir from Germany. Viktor is also the founder, song writer, vocals and guitar of band RIGNA FOLK and has a Solo Project as Norðir.
RIGNA FOLK Band members:
Viktor Nordir (vocals, guitar) Jens sounds (guitar, synth) Vladimir Müller (drums) Chriss Fakler (bass, vocals, synth)
I like this band very much, they produce some great alternative music. If you’re following my Blog for a while you had the opportunity to read about them other times. Recently I had a collaboration with Viktor creating a short video, featuring a combination of his Music with my Art. I love to collaborate with other artists it is a great way for me to create and experiment new creative ways of visualization with my art in combination with others, you can see the video here “Stillness” Art And Music together can create magic!
We had a great collaboration that led us to a beautiful friendship and I am sure more artistic projects to come in the future!
NEW Release! My Digital Art Portrait Today I am celebrating also a “New Release” of my latest Digital Art Portrait, it is part of my Project “ART FOR MUSIC “ and for my Concept Collection “When Nature Meets Humans” the artistic portrait that you see featured as the opening image of this post is my new digital creation. This artwork is dedicated and inspired by Viktor Norðir, there couldn’t be a better day to release it than today!
I am very thankful that Viktor kindly accepted to do this interview, I am happy to introduce you with his world of wonderful music and creativity. It is very interesting to get to know who behind the music. If you don’t know Viktor Norðir and his band yet, this is a great opportunity to discover a multi talented very inspiring Artist that plays multiple instruments, has a beautiful unique voice that he can tune in different ways, has an experimental open mind a kind heart and an intriguing soul.
Viktor in his solo project goes by the name “Norðir” on September 21st, 2018 he released a new Song and Video “No Hell No” which is the first single of his new project.
Thank you so much Viktor for accepting this interview, I wish you great success for the new song, video and for all your music projects coming in the future.
I am very excited for your answers to my questions, let’s get started!
Here there are my questions:
1. For who doesn’t know yet can you please introduce who is Viktor Norðir?
“Viktor Norðir” is my artist name, I grew up in Siberia and am currently living in Germany in the City of Ulm. I love to reflect on the contradictions of life and learn from every experience I make. I want to share those in my music. So when I write lyrics in English, German and Russian, I reflect on paradoxical topics from different perspectives and want to question one’s believes and encourages to embrace new pathways in life.
2. When did you discovered your music talent and your great voice? And when did you founded the indie band RIGNA FOLK?
My parents confirmed my early memory, of having an enthusiasm for the voices of the singers like Phil Collins and Freddy Mercury and my approaches to sing those Genesis and Queen Songs by myself loudly. As you can imagine, our neighbors did not share my enthusiasm, but I was having a blast!
My parents observed my extreme enthusiasm and bought me my first guitar. From there on, it became an essential part of my life to play and sing daily, to be in the clubs, hang out with guys that were more or less rock stars in my eyes, and just soak up the real world of the music scene. I looked up to these folks and I felt indescribably cool just to be hanging out with them. I made connections to fellow musicians and made my first experiences in writing my own songs and lyrics. I started to look for suited musicians and made further connections for my own band project. This all led to my first band’s own gig at the “Musikmarathon” in 2009. It was a mindblowing experience! Rigna Folk was born!
3. Your talent has a beautiful way of expression, you speak multiple languages and often mix them in your lyrics how this idea came to you? And you are able to divide yourself in two, having a solo project “Norðir” and a band project with RIGNA FOLK, can you tell us how you are able to menage both?
Thank you for your kind words! The idea, just to be myself in my arts and to express all of my thoughts, just inspired me to start my solo project in may of 2018. For some topics, I felt, a different Language felt more natural. So I developed this trilingual concept, which totally enables me to experiment and grow musically and lyrically. In the band Rigna Folk, we have a storytelling concept and it’s a different way of working on songs, it’s a whole unique experience and it’s precious to me. I want this to be a part of my life.
For the managing part: its classical project management I learned in college and by trying organizing the band myself from the beginning. I set the aims and prioritize the sub tasks, so it’s more fun for me and keeps me motivated and inspired.
4. Your music has a very unique sound and style how you define it as genre? And can you describe your creative process and what inspires you while creating your lyrics and melodies?
My music internalize paradoxes as well as my lyrics, playing with catchy and experimental elements, pending between indie pop tunes and dreamy electronic-psychedelic landscapes. I am totally inspired by moods and nature. in contrast, I am also inspired by lost places, abandoned cities, industrial architecture and the steampunk and goth genre! In my solo project, I love to focus on unique songs and develops them till they are finished. I am working with feedback by my bandmates, my fans and friends during the process, and like mo make refinements on my songs. In general, my aim is to keep the process open, so the end product has a history on its own.
5. You just released a new video few days ago for your solo project Norðir, can you tell us about it? And do you have any tour dates for live gigs as solo and with the band?
The lyrics of “No Hell No“ reflect on the topics xenophobia and national identity. This as a current topic in Germany right now. I was facing some kind of hatred in my first years in German school. Interestingly, it was not the case in the very beginning when I started to make friends, but later, when their parents got involved when I visited my friends in their homes. As I am thinking, this speaks for a conceptualized kind of artificial hatred based on shaped believes. I think, when you are self-aware, you will never choose the path of hatred.
The song argues the decision not to hate anyone you do not know or understand yet. It raises the question of what would have happened if one had been born in another place in the world and where the feeling of hate towards the unknown comes from.
I have organized my first Solo Tour with “Norðir” and there is also one Concert with my band Rigna Folk here there are some dates in Germany:
TOUR 2018 /2019 :
28.09. DE-Aalen / Frapé
30.09. CH-Baden / Club Joy Grand Casino
02.10. DE-München / Lost Weekend
05.10. DE-Kirchheim / ClubBastion (with Rigna Folk)
09.10. DE-Schwäbisch Gmünd / Leuchtturm
16.11. DE-Ulm / Studentencafe
14.11. DE-Esslingen / 4-Peh
27.11. DE-Göppingen / Radiobühne Weltweit
11.12. DE-Stuttgart / Rosenau
12.12. DE-Tübingen / Sudhaus
18.12. DE-Waiblingen / Kulturhaus Schwanen
26.01. CH-Zürich / Big Ben Westside
06.03. DE-Asperg / Glasperlenspiel
6. What is your creative Dream Project?
At the moment, I want to find additional independent musicians for my solo project. I want to work with different artists and to exchange our skills and to learn. Also, I am fascinated by combining music with visual arts, as we did in our “Stillness” project!
7. I always love to ask this question, because is personal and introspective, If you describe or picture your inner soul how will you describe it? And what color would it be?
During the last 2 years, I am working on my awareness and am discovering the fact, that my conceptualized ego was the main driving force behind my decisions and shaped a major part of my life. The more I get into reflecting, the more I feel happier, fulfilled and peaceful.
So at this point, I would describe my inner soul on being on a journey into the inner core of awareness. it would consist of all colors, because there are so many facets. When I ask my ego, it would prefer black, but I know there are more ( fun fact: yeah when you add all colors in RGB it would be black 🙂
8. I loved to collaborate and create the mini video “Stillness” my art combined with your music, I thank you for allow me to use your music and I like to ask you what do you like about my Art?
I loved our project Carolina!
I think that your arts and my music totally harmonize together and create something new together.
When I perceive your art, I am feeling an overall energy of positivity and playfulness, and every piece of art I have seen from you so far, brings me in a fairy tale world, in a fable where I can take a walk and discover new elements.
It’s like a whole unique universe, and for me, this is the kind of art which is resonating with me the most.
I really loved your questions, thank you so much! 🙂
Thank you so much Viktor I loved all your answers 🙂 and I am very happy that this is a more unique interview because it reveals more the insight and inner soul behind your creativity and music success. I am honored to have you here on my Blog!
I hope that you enjoyed my interview it wont be last more will come in the future!
I love to follow the new projects and I will check back in, from time to time, to update you with Viktor Norðir and the band RIGNA FOLK coming projects! I hope you enjoyed to watch the videos included and if you want to listen more… which I highly suggest, go to discover their music, please visit the YouTube Channels, stay connected, share if you can, please leave them comments they are motivating to artists. Best wishes to Viktor for all his projects as solo and with the band, I can’t wait to see what he is creating next, it is always an unpredictable surprise! ❤
I love your comments, please let me know… what do you think about this interview?
I am sure Viktor Norðir would love to read your comments!
If you like to read more of my Interviews check Here!
Today is September 23 the Zodiac turn in Libra and…it is…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Me!!! ❤
“I like to wish to myself….
a wonderful Birthday fulfilled with peace and positive thinking,
loving light, soul healing wishing pure energy to fuel my year…
looking forward to the future, going onward, creating my art infused by my soul and to be able to give joy, and happiness that speaks to others in the universe, creating the journeys and story of my life one step at the time doing what I love.
Wish you all a great weekend
and a Happy Fall Season!
The Season is changing the Autumnal Equinox 2018 is here HAPPY FALL everyone!
Let’s celebrate this beautiful Season ❤
I leave you with my Wild Sunflower watercolor painting I made time ago. I painted the sunflower directly with the watercolors without trace it with pencil before. I loved letting the water flow and blend with the colors. This time I also wanted to create a different effect leaving some of the leafs in white and just outline them with the black ink pen, the white leafs are the only thing that I traced in pencil I really like how it turned out and I hope that you do too let me know your impressions! ❤
I had a wonderful invitation to be Interviewed by Author MJ Mallon! Please read the Interview she had some great questions for me and I loved to answer all of them, so that you all will know me better and who is the Artist behind Author MJ Mallon latest Book Illustrations! ❤
It is my great pleasure to welcome artist Carolina Russo to my blog. I consider her to not only be a talented artist but also a dear, sweet friend with whom I have a lot in common. We both share a great love of the beauty of nature, art, crystals, jewellery and music.
Tell us about your artistic journey. Where did it all begin and what defines you as an artist?
First of all, I want to thank Marje for inviting me to this interview and for preparing these great questions. I appreciate this very much. What a nice opportunity to be featured on her Blog. Now about the beginning of my artistic journey… well it all happened the day I was born 😉 I am very thankful for the gift of my artistic talent. I realized that I was very creative as a child. I loved drawing…
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
Anyone can do InkTober just pick up an ink pen and start drawing!
InkTober 2018 is coming soon! Are you getting ready for this great challenge of daily drawing?
Time goes fast and I had many beautiful things happening in one year. I am very grateful for everything! This is my 3rd InkTober, I hope to be able to complete the 31 days. This year I have been very busy with my art and collaborations. For who is new to this InkTober is a fantastic challenge that help to refine your sketching skills and stimulate your creativity at drawing with the daily prompts, it is a great challenge for experienced artists and for beginners, you can choose to follow the Official Prompt list or have your own!
I had fun to create Ylia, she is a futuristic kind of “Superhero Warrior” with a nod to the past, she is a Messenger of “Love and Peace” and a creature of the universe a feeler of the universal love. Most of my drawings were accompanied by quotes or Haiku poems that I wrote. Maybe one day I will publish an illustrated book of @Ylia Adventures! I would love that! We will see what the future brings!
InkTober 2017 Last year I have Joined two amazing challenges InkTober and Drawlloween that is a little more spoocky Halloween themed prompts created by Pop Surrealist artist Mab Graves! My daily drawings were inspired by the combination of the two Challenges daily prompt words and I have combined the names creating my own challenge “DrawllooweenTober” yes this was my plan to be able to join and drawing daily for both amazing challenges at the same time, let me tell you it was pretty challenging and not easy but that was what I wanted to make it harder and extremely challenging and I made it! Creating a lovely Collection of dark themed little spooky drawings which I am very pleased see my whole Gallery Inktober Drawlloween 2018
InkTober 2018 For now I just got the “Official InkTober Prompt List” I don’t know at this moment what I would be creating. I need to think! This challenge is open to anyone that love sketching with ink pens but for the #worldwatercolorgroup we are free to add a dash of watercolor, I hope that someone of you will join me and millions of other artists around the world. You don’t have to be drawing every day if you can’t, you can do a drawing every other day, or every few days, or one entry a week! Doesn’t has to be a complicate drawing, it will help you to develop a habit and skills.
Here this is the Story :
Illustrator Jake Parker is the creator of this great challenge and initiative started in October 2009. Jake created InkTober as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Here are the 2018 Official Rules:
I am very excited to join Jake Parker once again and participate to the challenge! I would be Sharing on the Blog and daily on Instagram @carolinarussoart I probably would be participating again to Drawlloween challenge like last year I love both challenges and the only way to make it through is to combine them in a double challenge. I mix the official prompts to make it more challenging to produce a great collection of drawings, or another idea is to alternate the days between the two challenges if anyone will do it let me know.
Visit Jake Parker website for more details, videos, inspiration and lots to learn. I exported here the Official prompt list for the month.
The Official 2018 InkTober Prompt List:
If you like to join the challenge don’t forget when you post to always add the hashtags #INKTOBER2017 #INKTOBER and if you add watercolor hashtag #worldwatercolorgroup post your ink drawing online on your Blog and/or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…add all the tags to any place you share your drawings online!
I hope that artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me,
I made this post early to get organized and prepared for October!
Now let’s get sketchbooks, inks, watercolor, pens and brushes and let’s have fun in October! ❤
Leave a comment and let me know if you will participate and what you plan drawing if you know already!
few days ago in my previous post I happily announced and welcomed you to the “Launch Party” of my new redesigned Blog and Shop here on YesterdayAfter!
In my post I announced that I would issue my first GIVEAWAY here on my Blog!
The prize is a surprise and it is one Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Print from my Collections that I will pick and choose for the lucky winner. The winner will only be able to see the print when is received.
These were the rules to be able to participate:
1) Like this post and make sure to leave me a comment it would be your entry for the Giveaway! 2) Follow this Blog 3) Like my Facebook Page 4) And follow me on Instagram @carolinarussoart
I want to thank everyone that stopped by but not everyone did follow the rules! 🙂
Well between all the people who stopped by, many left just a “like” which I appreciate it very much but only nine people did followed the rules, and “Left A Comment” they are entitled to participate to the random ruffle, the likes alone aren’t a valid entry for the Giveaway!
As promised on Monday I randomly picked the Winner! My photo shows what I did, I wrote the nine names in each paper, folded them and placed in the little dish, I have moved them around, closed my eyes and randomly picked one. With my great surprise and happiness I found out that the Winner is:
my dear friend and follower, Author Marjorie Mallon, I am very happy to gift her this prize! This brings a nice smile on my face because this is just a very nice coincidence! Marjorie and I had a wonderful collaboration this year, she released her new YA Fiction Novel “The Curse Of Time – 1 Bloodstone” and I have created two Character’s Design paintings that are published in her paperback and Kindle editions! Give a visit to her Blog and you will know all about it! Or you can read my Interview to her!
Thank you all for the participation! Wish you a great rest of the week!
today I am very happy to announce and welcome you to the “Launch Party” of my new redesign Blog and Shop here on YesterdayAfter! ❤
I hope you will love the new look! And please keep reading because in the end you will find a little surprise!
I first launched this Blog three years ago my first post went live on March 24, 2015, I had three wonderful years here blogging and launching my Art. Amazing accomplishments were made throughout the years. My Blog had grown beautifully and so my dear Followers and supporters. I am so thankful for all the wonderful connections made worldwide with inspiring people. I thank all my Bloggers friends that still here in this community from our beginning. I am so thankful for all the new followers that recently visited here and decided to stay. I am so grateful for all the ones that aren’t here yet but they are coming to this path! Thank you everyone!
It was a while now that I had in mind to redesign my Blog!
After three years I felt the need to start fresh, change the look and make it more mine using my own Artworks. I have been working on this project from the past weeks and right now I think is ready! I also wanted to create a new way to navigate through the pages, I hope you find it easy. and I wanted to include my New Shop. I no longer will sell any of my Art and Jewelry Designs on ETSY. As an independent Artist I like to be on my own in pretty much everything. I have decided to include my Shop here, to make shopping easier for you and to be able to have direct contact with me. I also wanted to be able to give you a better price on my Art, cutting all the “hidden fees” of a third-party involved with an external shop, and I have reduced shipping price for International . What you will experience is not an ordinary and classic e-commerce shop with the traditional cart system, no, you don’t find that here. The Shop has more of a website layout and, it is linked to my Blog. Just make sure to follow the menu and to read my guide that you find in each page and you can order and purchase my art in few easy steps. During the redesign stage, I have created my own system and made it very easy for you to follow and to shop. If you ever have questions or find any problem don’t hesitate to contact me!
❤ FREE Shipping on any print purchased during this weekend!<3
Now to celebrate the launch of the new Shop I offer “Free Shipping” on any order of any of my Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, placed within today Friday 8/17/2018 and during the whole weekend until Monday 8/20/2018!
I will also have my first GIVEAWAY here on the Blog!
The prize is a surprise Limited Edition Fine Art Print from one of my Collections that I will pick for you the winner will only see it when he receive it. To participate please follow few rules: 1) Like this post and make sure to leave me a comment it would be your entry for the Giveaway! 2) Follow this Blog 3) Like my Facebook Page 4) And follow me on Instagram @carolinarussoart
On Monday I will randomly pick the Winner between all the people who left comments and did follow all the rules! So make sure to come back to check! Winner will receive a surprise Limited Edition signed Print! Cheers ❤
Enjoy the visit and let me know what do you think about the new Blog! Leave comments they are your main entry for the Giveaway, Likes only doesn’t enter you! Good luck!
I am looking forward to see who would be the lucky winner! ❤