A man who is seen by many to be the local legend in Wollongong, Arnie Olbrich has been part of the music scene for the last 4 decades. With stints in bands such as Tree, The Nashville Teens, Masters Apprentices, Billy Ocean’s backing band, and later Hard Grind, Arnie has just about seen it all.
I first met Arnie 10 years ago when Dungeon started rehearsing in Wollongong at Kickstart Studios, run by Arnie. A down to earth, no frills, no bullshit kind of guy who loved a laugh and a chat. Instantly, he made the most nervous feel right at home. Arnie was one of the reasons why we continued to keep coming back when we changed the band over to LORD in 2006 and continued to rehearse there regularly until early 2015 when Arnie made the decision to sell up the business and enjoy some peace and quiet.
This episode is jam packed with lots of stories over the years. His struggles, his opportunities and everything in between. We also talk about the end of Kickstart and what lies ahead now. A lot of laughs and reminiscing along the way. I truly hope you get a kick out of this one.
Lastly, please show your support to Arnie by buying the music he has created through Arnie O Connections. The links are below in the show notes to hear samples of his material as well as some great videos that were put together by Dusk Music Video Production.