About The Nomad

A pioneer of the electronica music scene in Aotearoa New Zealand

After a quarter century of pushing boundaries and frequencies Daimon Schwalger, aka The Nomad, firmly fits the bill as a pioneer of the electronica music scene in Aotearoa New Zealand. Since his first album release ‘Movement’ in 1998, he has gone on to release nine full length albums, remix albums and various singles while working with some of music’s leading talents.

“The nomadic traveller working on beats all day” has compiled an impressive body of work, which features collaborations with many different artists and musicians from New Zealand, Australia, UK and Jamaica.

Artists include Barnaby Weir (Black Seeds), MC Antsman (The Nomad/Rhombus), Tehimana Kerr (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Pearl Runga, Tiki Taane, Opiuo, King Kapisi, Farda P (Rockers HiFi), Luciano, Lisa Tomlins, Oakley Grenell (O.G.), Pepsi (Wham), Ras Stone, Tim Budgen (WarpTV) and many more.


Infinite – double album release

This year 2023 saw the release of The Nomad’s finest work – Infinite, double album release, featuring 16 hand-picked tracks celebrating twenty-five years of his musical journey. This retrospective anthology maps the progression of Aotearoa’s electronic music scene, with many then-emerging artists now firmly established stars.

Nomadic by name, and nature

The Nomad has clocked up the miles from the early days in Dunedin and Christchurch, featuring at the infamous The Gathering festivals, maturing as a musician and father, through to his more recent success as a videographer based in Westport, capturing the beauty of Aotearoa’s West Coast. This is all part of the rich textures that make The Nomad a unique ‘life form’.


  • 9 album releases as an independent artists
  • Played support for international artists; Moby, Rockers HiFi, DJ Vadim, Fat Boy Slim, Mad Professor
  • Second Selection (1999) was awarded the “Best Dub/Hip-hop/Reggae Release” in the B-net New Zealand Music Awards.
  • The Nomad – Infinite (2023), #1 NZ Independent Music Charts (Sept), #2 NZ Music Charts (Sept)