Musical passport


If you think travelling around the globe and connecting with different cultures through music sounds like a pretty sweet gig, Nick Saxon reckons you’d be right.

The Sydney muso and TV presenter is headed our way this weekend, playing a gig at Queenstown’s Pub on Wharf on Sunday.

Saxon’s musical journey started at a young age.

His brother was learning guitar, but while he got bored with it, Saxon would sneak into his room and practice.

“It became a bit of an obsession.

“It opened up this whole new world.”

But took a long time before he considered music as a career.

He was working on a construction site, “really hating it”, at around age 22 when he says he had an epiphany.

“I walked off the job site, I went and got a tattoo.”

And that was that.

About six years ago he was approached about presenting a National Geographic series, World Traveller.

What he thought would be a one-off trip to Papua New Guinea turned into six years of sharing his music in 12 different countries.

“It’s so magic how music can be that passport and connect you with everyone.”

The show is coming to an end, but Saxon’s musical career is heating up.

He has performed in Europe (including the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Prague), the Unites States, New Zealand and Australia.

In 2010 Saxon was the only artist chosen to tour Australia with the Australian Surf Movie Festival (ASMF), playing 30 massive shows in front of capacity crowds.

After touring Australia and New Zealand in 2016 following the release of his acclaimed EP Lady Wanderlust, he’s back in town to launch his latest offering, Broken on Her Ocean.

Saxon describes his sound as “soulful folk”.

Those heading along to his show on Sunday will be treated to a stripped back, acoustic set, he says.

“Sometimes I play with a bigger solo set, with a few more tricks and effects on my guitar.”

It’ll be his third trip to Queenstown, and to New Zealand, a place he says he and his girlfriend adore.

“We haven’t stopped coming back.

“I’ve travelled a lot in my years, and New Zealand continues to blow me away each time.”

To catch Nick Saxon, head along to Pub on Wharf, Sunday, 9pm, free entry.