Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

United as One Sound Xavier's on Foot to Happiness

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

United as One Sound Xavier's on Foot to Happiness

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Byline: Laura McKee

XAVIER Rudd grew up in the bush as a kid and still likes to run around in the wide open space, among his crazy life as a world-wide musical sensation.

The 37-year-old grew up in south coast Victoria as a quiet kid, something he had to adapt to when entering the music industry more than 10 years ago.

"I love the travelling part but I've had to get used to the people," he said, speaking to Pulse ahead of his August 18 show at Rockhampton.

"I spent a lot of time growing up on my own in the bush and not really in the city. That I found a bit overwhelming and it took me a few years to deal with that.

"I was a bit shy at first, but it's all good now."

Xavier's far from shy now, a renowned Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose newly formed band The United Nations will tour Australia in August, September and October to celebrate the release of "Flag" - the second single from their acclaimed debut album, Nanna.

He's relishing the chance to be able to play with such a diverse group of people.

"It's a beautiful band and a really special group of people," he said.

"I don't know how long it will last with a few elders in the band.

We may only come through places once so I am really enjoying it for what it is."

Being accompanied by the nine-piece band is new territory for Xavier who's been a solo artist for most of his career.

The band backs him up on guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute, saxophone and vocals. They combine the diverse cultures of Australia, indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea.

"I've always liked making a lot of sound but I guess it's a challenge of what I did as a soloist," he said.

"I think it's about five instruments at once I can play but I never count them. …

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