a sneak preview from the new album "Perilous Times" Out July 11 2011 by the nomad
nomad: a member of a people or tribe who move from place to place; vagabond; wanderer; one who roams.
Roaming the globe cruising the road less travelled, The Nomad makes music that pushes the boundaries and combines a unique blend of reggae, dubstep, drum & bass and electronica. For Daimon Schwalger, aka The Nomad, the wandering existence has been all about building strong connections with people and places. He shares the story of his journey through the creation and celebration of independent music. Having spent over two decades behind both the decks and at the controls, Daimon is now the master of his own production studios, The Nomad Music. With an alluring mix of musical talent, he’s released six diverse and discerning albums to date. His first album Movement, released in 1998, was the first drum and bass album to come out of New Zealand. It caught the attention of British dance music pioneers Rockers Hi Fi (Different Drummer, UK) which sparked a partnership that nourished subsequent releases. The acclaimed 1999 album Second Selection was awarded the “Best Dub/Hip-hop/Reggae Release” in the B-net New Zealand Music Awards. This laid the foundations for the Nomad’s eclectic, electric musical style. The smash hit ‘141’, featuring Farda P from Rockers Hi Fi then sealed the nomadic deal. From his founding steps on NZ’s dance music scene through to the recent “Perilous Times” album, The Nomad has hitch-hiked a melodic ride of solid bass grooves and jungle by-ways, exploring the genres of reggae, dubstep and electronica.
After three years inciting Australian dancefloors with his enticing melee of eclectic rhythms, Aotearoa’s own prodigious son has returned and is now based in the creative and inspirational alpine town of Wanaka. As most travellers experience, he had to leave to appreciate the return.
The traverse across the Tasman started with the “Perilous Times” two month NZ/Australia tour – a whirlwind celebration of Nomad’s enigmatic new album. Since coming back from Melbourne Daimon has been catching up with old friends to collaborate on an impressive selection of dynamic projects. Summer was spent mixing 2011 Tui Award winner AmiriaGrenell’s new album, thenrousing the dancefloors of his favourite Kiwi venues. He was then invited to be Music Director for the 2012 First Contact Wellington International Arts Festival opening night, working with designer Michel Tuffery to transform one of the city’s most iconic buildings into a visceral canvas. Barely stopping for breath, The Nomad has recently mixed King Kapisi’s new album, and is now fostering his newvideography hobby, promoting music events, facilitating audio production workshops, dj tutoring, along with treating his fans to tantalising live sets at New Zealand’s top festivals, parties and bars.
A firm believer in “the more you do, the more you can do”, The Nomad is enjoying expanding his networks and working with local talent to help make their creative projects come true. After two decades making soulful, stirring and seductive music, this fortunate son is testament to the Tolkeinism: “Not all those who wander are lost”.
PERILOUS TIMES TRACKLISTING:
1. Give Some Love
2. A Silent Song
3. Run Through These Streets
4. Perilous Times
7. All They Need
8. Jah Bless
9. Stand Up & Be Counted
10. Blaze (The Nomad Remix)
11. Devil In The Dark
12. So Crazy (iTunes Bonus Edition only)
13. Stand (iTunes Bonus Edition only)
Available through Vitamin/ Foreigndub (AU) / Border (NZ)
Available digitally from iTunes (Perilous Times Bonus Edition)
Also available digitally from Beatport, Juno
and all major digital retailers
NZ: Simon Williamson – Border Music
P: (09) 415 0540 C: 021 171 2282 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
AU: Michael Foley – Foreigndub
P: (61) 433471234 E: email@example.com
Images: Print ready images available on request