Interview: The Nomadic

The Nomadic has released their latest single titled “Waiting” to all digital outlets

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Australian guitarist and singer/songwriter Robert Gaylard brings a unique perspective and vision when it comes to creating music. His inspiration and passion for starting The Nomadic began early on as a child after traveling to many countries like Myanmar (formerly Burma), Singapore and the Solomon Islands. His “nomadic” lifestyle continued on into his adulthood when he began to work for the United Nations in various countries such as: Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Israel and Palestine. His travels eventually brought him to New York in September of 2012 and motivated him to pursue his songwriting by establishing an indie rock band.

Learn more about The Nomadics below:

Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?

The Nomadic is a singer-songwriter project by Guitarist Rob Gaylard. Playing live is Fabrice Gamon on drums, Kevin Hunter on lead guitar, Steve Gregoire on bass and Monica Cialone on piano and vocals.

 What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?

The magic of songwriting! Being able to get lost in a vibe, mood, harmony or ‘lick’; the joy of seeing the music, melody and lyrics come together in something creatively powerful!

 So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?

In the year 2019, Rob took a one year leave of absence from his job with the United Nations in New York to follow his musical passion and focus specifically on songwriting and live performance. The Nomadic released its debut single “Drifting” on the 2nd of September in 2019, and is set to release a series of songs including: “Waiting,” “Manhattan View,” “Walk the Streets,” “Beyond Blue,” “Grand Mistakes”and “Under a Georgia Sky.” Influenced by artists like Oasis, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Verveand Bruce Springsteen, The Nomadic produces a sound genre like no other as alternative rock meets blues with hints of Americana and pop.

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you  be doing right now?

I think I would make a good teacher! I am pretty good with kids, I love the idea of helping, mentoring, coaching others, helping them become their best selves, find their passion and pursue it! There is no greater gift in life.

What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?

One of my friends asked me if I would teach him songwriting! I was actually quite touched and honored! I guess he feels I can write good songs!!?

If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?

Being brave and courageous and not being afraid to have a voice and opinion on a range of issues- politics, social issues, and the challenging issues of the day- mental health, depression, family trauma, LGBTQ, human rights and humanitarian issues.

On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)

Well I am biased of course! Let’s start with that caveat! But lets just say my first song I ever wrote (called “First girl of mine” unrecorded! I would have to play it to you!!) was probably a “2” according to my cruel British boarding school friends at the time! (think “Hogwarts”!). they made a recording and then played it on loudspeaker in the boarding house!! Anyway, since then, I think I have improved, probably “drifting” is a “2395” and “waiting” “2525” I am pretty happy with it, but there is always room for improvement! I would be interested to see how you would score them!!

What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?

I would have to say “waiting”

To be honest, the ‘layering’ and meaning behind “waiting” is becoming clearer to me day by day! That often happens with a song I write. I get inspired by a certain mood, and later on I come to realise the meaning of the song for me! So whilst “waiting” might at first listen come across as a traditional love song, with the protagonist “waiting” for his or her long lost lover; it is as much about “waiting” for your best self/ potential to be achieved; for the conquering of demons, for your ideal self to ‘seize the day’ and live your best life. It’s also a portrait of all the times we spend “waiting” for people of things- planes, trains, cars etc. or for a period of isolation or difficulty to pass! I actually wrote a poem to encompass many of these ideas! Too long for a song obviously! But gives you some idea into the sentiments behind the song!

Waiting (Poem)


How often are we told “what are you waiting for?” or

It’s worth the wait, open up another door?

We’re forever waiting, for trains, planes, automobiles

For pain to subside so we don’t feel

For a loved one’s addiction to fade or pass

For a date by a crowded underpass

Outside restaurants, cafes and subways full

In traffic, under parachutes feeling gravity’s pull

By ports, parks, railway tracks

By signs that tell us “no turning back”

At the Grand Central clock, by the info booth

For a long lost lover to be in the mood

For a date to agree to “go steady”

For a girl or boy to be finally “ready”

Maybe it’s our future self:“when will you arrive?”

“When will you let go of fears and be truly alive?!”

And go out and do the things you were meant to do?

Breaking free of the shackles holding you

Or a future lover, “are you here yet?”

“But first live your life of no regret!”

Or for the isolation and fear to pass on by

Under a renewed earth, and its clear blue skies

So there’s no sense wishing or procrastinating

Here’s a tribute to everyone who’s “Waiting”

“Waiting” by The Nomadic (out now on Spotify and apple music and all digital platforms)

Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?

Yes, day by day I try to become better at the craft of guitarist, pianist, singer-songwriter. And it comes through practice! As the great South African Golfer Gary Player once said “the more I practice, the luckier I get”! so just regular, consistent practice, listening to more diverse music, experimenting with different fingering positions, alternate tunings, reading diverse literature for lyrical inspiration, regular vocal practice.

If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?

I lived in 5 countries before the age of 10! If you want to know why I call the band “The Nomadic- there it is right there! That kind of search for meaning, belonging and identity was born in those early experiences.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

blue, because I am an optimist, and that’s the first thing that came into my head! But my favorite color is actually yellow! Maybe cause that’s Australia’s colors in sport!
Who are you inspired by?

The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, OASIS, U2, Coldplay, U2, Radiohead, the Verve, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan.

What’s an average day like for you?

I try to get up early and exercise! Do some meditation, do my (very busy job!) at the UN (working on humanitarian issues) then I will try to build in time for guitar, piano, songwriting, vocal practice; and work on the business side of music, which is very distinct from the creative process and needs its own dedicated time and energy!

 Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?

mostly at gigs obviously, also a lot online (FB and IG) I love to hear how people are trying to be the best versions of themselves! Doing the next right thing, pursuing their interests, dreams and passions, trying to make their communities better! This is what The Nomadic is about, beyond the music! So I consider our fans to be part of one big “Nomadic tribe”!

Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

the first time I played a big gig in New York, 17 March 2017; I was pretty much immobilized all day! I knew all the song chords, and lyrics obviously- I had played them so many times! But I was so paranoid about my guitar going out of tune and not being able to retune it!! But nerves are never a bad thing as long as you can keep them in check and perspective! It leads to a better performance if you are focused!

Tell me about your favorite performance venues?

I love the Bowery Electric in New York- we have played there a number of times! The Bitter End is very cool, Arlenes Grocery, the Cutting Room, The Delancey is very fun. I have a couple of local spots in Queens I like- LIC bar on Vernon Boulevard, Café Espresso 77 in Jackson heights are great fun!

17. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

 Be yourself! Be authentic (am writing a song today about that so it’s on my mind!);

 do it because you love doing it- if it turns out to be successful enough for you to do it full time financially- great!

Write what is in your mind and heart- don’t write for other people! (unless of course you are doing something very specific like writing for a film or an advert- that’s a different story!);

keep going and never give up! The music industry can obviously be unfair and unforgiving sometimes! But like anything in life, if it’s part of who you are to be a songwriting and musician, just keep going!

 Do 3-5 things at least every single day that will take you to your goal and vision! The momentum of that quickly builds up!

Don’t be put off by other people’s versions or definitions of success, which are often very outdated! “I don’t hear you on the radio?” “are you famous yet?” “have you been signed, discovered yet” “I saw A Star is Born” and ‘Yesterday’ -wouldn’t it be great if that happened to you!” .. no-one, I repeat no-one – gets to define “success” – apart from you!

About Bryan Joe Corder (4253 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.
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