Songs inspired by
The Stories That Shape Your Life
Citizen of the World has built on the success of the foot stomping Folk-Rock genre, popularised by the likes of Mumford & Sons, to carve a new genre described by one competition judge as Epic Folk. The band successfully combines the unique sound of the saxophone with acoustic folk and traditional rock to have you reflecting on the stories that shape your life. Since forming in 2012, the band has played at various venues around Sydney, toured India, featured in Chinese movie The Rise of a Tomboy and reached over half a million streams across platforms.
The band started in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012 when lead singer / songwriter Gerrit Gmel began jamming with old friends and writing songs inspired by life events at the time. Moving to Sydney, Australia later that year, Gerrit re-established the band with new members. The new formation brings sax, acoustic guitar, keyboard, drums and bass together to take you on a journey from soulful acoustic melodies to foot thumping beats best described by one music blog Timber and Steel as “infectious and incredibly danceable.”
In 2016, the band has been building their reputation as a must-see live act with recent performances such as supporting Woodlock at Plan B Small Club, and other artists such as Grizzlee Train, Rackett, Food Court, and the Ruminaters at Coogee’s iconic venue Selina’s. 2016 marked their radio debut with In The Moment and Setting Out landed on Triple J, and the video for Embers featured on MTV. The band has reached half a million streams across their catalogue and was one of the finalists in the 2016 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition.
All accolades aside, it takes passion and commitment to write and perform music that people love to listen to. At the end of the day, this is what we are most proud of.