Xavier Rudd maybe another surfer songwriter, but he’s one with a difference. His trademark toolkit includes instruments such as slide guitars, didgeridoos, stomp boxes and an assortment of percussion instruments from around the world. He has wowed audiences with his live performances and one handedly creates what would usually take a whole army of musicians to produce.
Xavier weaves together a rich tapestry of blues, reggae, indigenous and folk music, with singing to create a unique sound that has a distinct Australian flavor. He has produced six studio albums along with two live albums and has received multiple ARIA nominations and won a global fan base of likeminded souls.
Xavier was born in 1978 in the surf capital of Torquay, home to Bells Beach, which obviously influenced his love of the ocean. He is married to a Canadian, Marci, whom he met while she was backpacking around Australia. They have two sons, Joaquin and Finojet and his rugged good looks saw him nominated for the PETA World’s Sexiest Vegetarian Award” in 2007.
Many of Xavier’s songs incorporate socially conscious themes such as spirituality, humanity and environmentalism and he has written many songs which include stories of the mistreatment of the indigenous people of Australia.
Xavier is a phenomenally gifted one- man band who will return to New Zealand this summer to play three mustsee shows with fellow blues travellers, Little Bushman. This meeting of minds will take place in Waihi Beach, Oakura and Motueka, essential dates on this summer’s calendar of live music. Be sure to catch this historic coming together of two of Australia and Aotearoa’s most gifted and revered musical treasures.