FAVOURITE: Adventurer and songwriter Nick Saxon plays at Lizotte’s tomorrow night.WHETHER he’s trekking in the Himalayas, on a horse and cart in Malaysia or in Australia’s outback, music is always on Nick Saxon’s mind.
He’s Newcastle born and bred but spends much time on the road for his work with National Geographic Channel. Somehow, he finds time to work on his solo project with band The Elusive Few and with local favourites Benjalu.
Saxon released the single LA Dreaming late last year and is already turning his attention to releasing a mini album. He plays Lizotte’s Newcastle tomorrow night.
Does travel influence your music?
Absolutely: every destination we have been, every trail I have walked, river I have crossed, mountain I have climbed.
They have all inspired me in one way or the other to write a lyric or hum a melody which later turns into a song.
Do you write songs on the road? What inspires you to write?
I always take my guitar with me, and lyric book for any spontaneous moments in-between travel, like waiting at an airport in South America for a flight, hitching a horse and cart in Malaysia, or riding an elephant in Nepal, that create moments and etch their identity into my memory and last forever.
Then there are the people you meet. Like the Sherpa I met in the Himalayas. He was passing through on his way to base camp Everest with some supplies. He wasn’t a big guy at all, roughly 60years of age, about five-foot tall and weighed about 60kilograms.
He was carrying four sheets of 30-millimetre plywood, weighing about 20kilograms, from the town of Lukla. He saw me catching my breath on the trail, and walked over and offered his hand.
I was astonished. All I was carrying was my camera gear and my day pack, and yet this old man had the stamina, strength and heart to come and offer a stranger a hand. I took his photo, and he continued on his way.
I never saw him again.
Tell me about LA Dreaming.
The new single LA Dreaming was written and recorded in LA in 2011. The song is about a travelling muso, from a small coastal town heading to the City of Angels for the first time, and walking the streets of the famous, and becoming a part of another family.
What does 2013 hold? More travel, more songwriting and recording?
[It] has already worn me out [laughs]. It’s been pretty amazing already. Musically I feel a lot more mature. My songwriting has matured a lot since my first recording in 2010.
As far as recording goes, I have almost finished the new mini album that I have been working on for the past three years called Broken on her Ocean.
I’m really excited about this album.
I recorded it originally on my folk’s old timber boat on the lake. It’s now studio quality and currently being mixed and mastered.
It’s the second album I have recorded all the instruments myself, with Hide & Seek being the first, which was a very positively driven album. Broken on her Ocean, however, has brought out the darker side of me.
Villains, heroes, monsters, drunken sailors and demons … it is a collection of journals from my world travels and true modern events. Written on the water, deep in a candlelit cabin, under a moonlit sky. This is an adventure I cannot wait to share with you.
Chance to nab final Groovin spot
GROOVIN The Moo Maitland may be sold out but there’s still one more way to get into the April festival.
Triple J Unearthed is giving one Newcastle act the chance to open the Maitland festival on April 27. That’s right, you could be on the already bursting bill alongside acts such as The Bronx, The Amity Affliction, Alpine, Example, The Kooks, Shockone and more.
Last year’s winners were Newie favourites The Guppies. To be in the running you just need to have a Triple J Unearthed profile and tracks uploaded to the site before March 31.
Diafrix ready to hit the road
FRESH from supporting Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on their sold-out Australian tour, Melbourne duo Diafrix have announced their I’m A Dreamer Tour.
Diafrix released the critically acclaimed album Pocket Full Of Dreams in 2012 which featured appearances from 360, Dwele and Daniel Merriweather. The album spawned singles Running It, Easy Come, Easy Go and I’m A Dreamer (featuring 360).
Diafrix play at The Great Northern Hotel on April 11. Tickets at oztix杭州夜网m.au.
Scottish singer heading Down Under
SANDI ‘‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)’’ Thom will touch down at Lizotte’s Newcastle in May.
The Scottish singer-songwriter has released three albums since that single in 2006.
She’ll play at Lizotte’s with support from Matt Purcell on May 1.