Lost Nomad is a new breed of alternative rock with elements of funk, jazz, metal, reggae and punk, characterised by sultry vocals, intense melodies and liberating lyrics.
The uniqueness of Lost Nomad music lies in its versatility; no two songs sound too similar style-wise yet manage to remain groovy and catchy without sounding overcomplicated.
The independently released debut album, which was recorded on and off at home over a period of two years, is available on various online stores and receiving air play on numerous indie stations and podcasts; Lost Nomad’s immediate priority is to promote the album through networking and live solo performances (using backing tracks) while he looks for the right backing musicians and expands his knowledge about the music business. Another aim is to get songs placed in films, gaming TV and write songs for other artists.
Lost Nomad consists Diego Guzman, Spanish songwriter musician based in Manchester, UK. He was born to Spanish parents in small multicultural Luxembourg, where he grew up speaking four languages, watching over thirty European TV channels and hanging out with friends most of them also of Mediterranean origins.
Music-wise, Diego spent most of his teens listening to artists such as Duran Duran, Prince, Michael Jackson, Paul Young and most of the 80’s mainstream pop rock scene but was also influenced to a degree by popular music from neighbouring countries like France, Belgium and Germany as well as Italy and Spain. He enjoyed an overall happy childhood until age eleven when his parents separated and his mother moved back to Spain; this experience triggered a phase of isolation and introspection during which music would take a more and more central role in his life as a means of filling the void.
A major turning point came around 1990 when Diego saw the ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ video by Guns N’ Roses which radically changed his musical direction and motivated him to buy his first instrument. The original plan was to become a drummer but on the day he was meant to pick up the drum kit he had reserved at the local store, he changed his mind at the last minute and bought a bass guitar from the shop next door instead. The following years were spent practicing and playing along to records from Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Ozzy, Slayer, Faith No More, Skid Row, Red Hot Chili Peppers amongst many others as well as music on TV and radio. Music had become his main companion and contact with friends less and less frequent; the fact that unfortunately none of them played an instrument obviously didn’t help.
The music scene back home being so small and life in general so boring, Diego decided to move to Paris where he got into grunge and death metal bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Napalm Death, Death whilst studying translations at university and reading books on philosophy and spirituality. He had a go at putting a few bands together and eventually filled a bassist position in a French alternative death/thrash/rock band called ‘Witches’ fronted by a growling front woman that were signed to a small independent label ‘Boucherie Productions’; lots of rehearsals and gigs across France followed.
Disappointed with the direction the band was taking with the second album and the French music scene in general, Diego moved to Manchester a few years later to look for a new start, experience the vibrant music scene and finish my university degree. There he joined several rock/alternative bands (‘Mirrorball’, ‘Brotherhood of Slam’) amongst others and played gigs all over the the UK; all with little success unfortunately. This was generally due to the fact no members were dedicated or business minded enough to take the band to a higher level; not to mention the almost inevitable personality clashes or jealousy between band members. All this eventually convinced Diego to go solo in 2006, start working on his first album while simultaneously improving his singing and guitar skills and learning about the music business.
Lost Nomad hopes the intense, profound and introspective qualities of the songs will help the listener’s mind remain in the here and now and become more aware of its silent nature free from time, thoughts and illusions: the selfless Self that exists prior to the development of the ego. This state of ‘oneness’ is yet another symbol behind Lost Nomad’s logo, the curled armadillo lizard eating its own tail.
Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses, Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Soundgarden, Living Colour, Faith No More, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Manic Street Preachers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, System of a Down, Foo Fighters, Ozzy, Metallica, Slayer, Death, Prince, Queen, Duran Duran, Bob Marley, U2, Coldplay, jazz bass players like Marcus Miller, funk, dance, anything well written in most genres.