Xavier Rudd’s Savvy Seven

Xavier Rudd

Since the very beginning, Xavier Rudd’s ability to connect with people has been his most powerful gift. The more he has toured the world, the more hearts he has touched and the more of the world he has put back into his music. Now, fronting a band aptly named The United Nations, Xavier Rudd has assembled a lineup of musicians from around the world as a one-people musical force. Making their debut in 2015, Xavier Rudd And The United Nations finds the iconic Australian solo artist in full band mode for the first time in a long and successful career, and introduces new album Nanna to Xavier’s diverse and acclaimed discography. Ahead of his extensive Nanna world tour, Xavier took the time to give us his unique perspective by way of our Savvy Seven questions…

The best live music venues in my area are… 

Bluesfest is a great live music venue. There’s a place called the Crystal Castle, the YAC Amphitheatre, Coorabell Hall.. Good sound, good vibration and a good space for people to dance.

The music scene in Byron Bay is…

Pumping! There’s lots of cool stuff happening, lots of bands.. For a small town it gets a lot of Good quality international and local bands that come through. The street scene in Byron is pumping too… There are some great artists.

My top tip for artists who self-manage is…

Play. Make sure you play live, play anywhere.. Just play. And stay true to yourself.

In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is… (and what do you think would be a good solution?)

The forced closure of communities up in the North-West. It would be incredible if the entire Australian music industry – managers, record labels, poster companies, everyone – stood up at the same time, and put a massive movement together, then I think it would be very impactful.

When on the road, my favourite pit stops are…

Home! Barcelona, parts of France, Istanbul, Colorado, Kauai, Canada.. There’s a lot and they’re all beautiful.

My biggest career mistake has been…

I don’t think I’ve had any career mistakes.. I’ve learnt along the way and I’ve learnt some great lessons, but nothing that I would see as a mistake.

My best advice for emerging artists is…

Let your music talk, not your mind.

You can watch the fascinating story of how Nanna came together below.

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