Interview: THE NOMADIC

New York based Australian guitarist and singer/songwriter Robert Gaylard a.k.a. lead singer-songwriter in alternative indie band The Nomadic brings a unique perspective and vision when it comes to creating music by fusing alternative rock-tinged blues and electronic pop. The band’s debut album “My Mind Is Racing” is largely inspired by Gaylard’s “Nomadic” life experience to date, and in particular his experience…

Your new album is out called ‘My Mind Is Racing’ – what inspired this title?

It’s really a tribute to everyone everywhere who’s “Mind is Racing”! could be trying to complete a passion project, managing the multiple pressures of modern race, anxiously trying to get through a global pandemic (!) working out what is best for your family, trying to stay afloat etc.

Can you tell us a bit more about the songs on the album – do you have any favourite tracks?

The album has a number of tracks which address the rise in depression, anxiety (Beyond Blue, My Mind is Racing) along with some more wistful, melancholic/nostalgic tracks such as “Waiting”, “Under a Georgia Sky” and “Skaterpark”. Jeannie is about my grandmother who was a very strong and stoic soul who survived so much (WW2 etc) and stayed positive throughout.

“Grand Mistakes” is one of my favourites, it is basically about how conflict can have a traumatic and long lasting effect on a family. It is probably my favourite track. “Walk the Streets” has a bit more of a country rock vibe and is one of the first songs I ever wrote! “Drifting” is a fan favourite and is a shout out to all the Nomadic “drifters” out there!

You’ve worked for the UN – how did that come about and how does it inform your music?

Yes I was lucky enough to do some volunteer work in Africa shortly after university, and that turned into a couple of contracts with the UN- which then turned into a career! I have been fortunate to serve in some interesting missions – Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Palestine. I definitely learnt a lot about myself and the world! And I guess it also gave me some interesting experiences that contributed to my songwriting.

Please tell us a bit about your globetrotting adventures and what they have taught you over the years?

I have been lucky enough to work in Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Palestine. I think the thing I learnt most of all is that the average person around the world is very similar! They want a decent job, security, a future for their children etc. so despite the very different cultures I came across – all fascinating in their own ways – there is much more that unites us than divides us.

What artists past and present have influenced you as a band?

I would say Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, the 1975, the War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, Coldplay.

Can we expect live shows between now and 2023, and how do you feel about returning to the stage after the pandemic?

Yes we are planning to do a number of shows in UK, US, Europe and Australia, and will also start working on a new album from September onwards which is very exciting! We will be doing some cool new music videos (please subscribe and follow us!) I feel ok about returning to the stage, in a safe way for our fans and ourselves obviously.

Can you inspire us by recommending anything you are currently reading/watching or listening to?

Don’t get me started on “Ozark”! it’s amazing and might lead to some interesting lyrics in upcoming songs!! The Trevor Noah book “Born a Crime” about growing up in Apartheid South Africa is incredible and I would highly recommend it!

Give us three good reasons to keep cheerful in these dark times…

* We have shown how resilient we can be during COVID-19!

* There is so much amazing innovation and development happening around the world every day!

* If we stick together as a species and respect each other and work together – we can overcome any challenge!


Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 22 May.

Next session: Sunday 26 June.

Check out previous videos here:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 12 June 2022.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 14 June 2022.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages:

Power Plays w/c 13 June 2022 (Mon-Fri)
IVORY SKIES – Bring Me Up (indie)
HONG FAUX Feign Death To Stay Alive (Golden Robot Records)
OVERLAPS Mind Over Matter (indie)
SOLE SYNDICATE – Brave Enough (Scarlet Records)
DAVID PAICH Spirit Of The Moonrise (Mascot)
JAILBIRDS The River (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 13 June (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 DEF LEPPARD Diamond Star Halos (BMG)
12:00-13:00 LONERIDER Sundown (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 VANDERWOLF 12 Little Killers (Vandermax Music)

Popular (last 30 days)

This entry was posted in ALL POSTS, INTERVIEWS, Interviews/Rising Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply