For Xavier Rudd, writing music and living his life are one and the same. “I’m literally just singing about the things that are going on around me,” he says of his sublime and soaring indie-folk. Environmental work, activism, veganism, spiritualism, surfing, family camping trips in the bush and dog walks on the beach; everything Rudd does, he pours into song. The result is a personal sound that strikes a universal note.
Hailing from Australia’s surf hotspot Torquay, Rudd kickstarted his career in 2002 with the now classic album To Let. In the years that followed, Rudd has released platinum-selling album, Solace (2004), Food In The Belly (2005), White Moth (2007), Dark Shades Of Blue (2008), Koonyum Sun (2010), Nanna (2015), most recently, Storm Boy (2018) and the triumphant 2012 album, Spirit Bird, led by the wonderfully delicate “Follow The Sun."
But there’s more to Xavier Rudd than making music: his peace-promoting messages travel way beyond the recording studio. As an activist, Rudd champions the rights of indigenous Australians, carrying out vital work to raise awareness of Aboriginal culture and preserve his own Wurundjeri heritage. He’s also a prolific environmentalist, having performed at rallies and demonstrations including 2014’s Bentley anti-gas blockade campsite.
Recent years have seen Rudd use his platform to share the benefits of mindfulness. He is also a committed vegan and has worked with US animal rights charity Peta on more than one occasion, earning the accolade of Australia’s Sexiest Vegetarian.
* Xavier Rudd is on Nettwerk’s management roster for Europe only.