Saturday, Mikael Carcusse

Saturday Mikael Carcusse, leader of the electro-rock band Goose: shout at the top of your lungs, look at the beach in Ostend and walk until dawn.

Twenty years ago, the electro-rock band Goose won the Rock Rally Humo. “What’s funny is that today everyone is talking about it when we don’t think about it anymore,” Mikael Carcusse, leader of the group, smiles. “It is not in our nature, although sometimes we force ourselves to look back. So we see a wonderful time during which we tried a lot, traveled a lot around the world and met a lot of people. As evidenced by the new album “Endless” (fifth), the explosive sound has retained its freshness.

When Mikael Carcusse is asked what his Sabbath looks like, the answer comes together: “My ideal Saturday is to do as little as possible.”

9:30 – “I get up between 8 and 11 am. On Saturdays I often go to Ostend. It’s like a mini-vacation, away from the routine of everyday life.”

Favorite place to spend the weekend:

Stand. “A day at this beach resort makes me feel like I’m on vacation.”

09:45 – “Walking on the beach for more than half an hour brings me great benefits. I can listen to my breathing, but I prefer to catapult to another world while my body is in motion. So I listen to Alan Carr’s Life is a Beach podcast. During self-isolation, I realized that as a singer I am lucky that I can scream at the top of my lungs in everyday life. Most people live in a neutral tone, so I can afford exceptions. Since we could no longer perform on stage, I looked around to see if there was anyone, and if I was alone, I would start shouting very loudly: “Being constantly with myself, in the midst of all these restrictions, became very it was difficult. Walking and screaming was a huge physical and emotional release back then.”

Mikael Karkus’ favorite podcast is Life’s a Beach by Alan Carr.

11:30 – “Brunch with my wife Alien, our daughter Paloma (age 10) and our son Marcus (age 6).”

1:00 p.m. – “We are returning to the dam. Children play on the beach, and we enjoy freedom and space. In the city, we look for incentives on the streets, in museums and bookstores. At sea, everything happens before our eyes. a moving canvas made of an ever-changing palette of colors and hosting a theater of passers-by. Here I can just sit and fill my day with this impressionistic spectacle.”

4:00 p.m. – “The terrace of the bar Et So attracts to itself. You see the whole of Belgium there, it’s crazy, like in Brussels. But it’s not a tourist place and there is a certain serenity.”

18:00 – “Even though my ultimate delight is the Bicky Burger, we decide to eat shrimp croquettes at the Rubens Hotel Brewery on Visserskaai. We also accidentally go there in the morning: we prefer to follow the inspiration of the moment. very friendly, direct, sweet and sincere.”

8:00 p.m. – “We stop at the Luna Park, at the foot of the Europacenter. In my youth, they said that the mafia lived in this beautiful building. I don’t know if it’s true, but it sounded in my mind.”

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10:00 p.m. – “As soon as the kids go to bed, friends come over or Alien and I go for a drink on the terrace, like at the Andromeda Hotel, overlooking the casino. This is also typical of Ostend. Both or three years, I’m going to play. Again I’m losing track of time, but not too much money. My grandmother took me to a concert of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and shortly before giving birth, I went to the Concerto d’Arnot with my mother. This is me I saw him on stage for the first time and was impressed from the first note.”

“In Ostend it is almost impossible to end an evening alone: ​​you always meet someone or strike up a conversation with strangers or a bartender. It’s true, we don’t hesitate to go out before dawn. Precisely, I leave the reader to guess!”

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