Brooks Dixon began his career as a solo artist as a student at Clemson University. He began writing his own music, and began to record his songs with home equipment. After his first show in 2012, he began to take his music more seriously, leading to his first release “Stone Pile EP” in 2014, and a second release “Weather The Storm” in February 2016.
Since the release Brooks has played numerous shows throughout the southeast with a list of venues, festivals, bars and coffeeshops across the Southeastern US as diverse as his music itself. Dixon’s sound is influenced by a wide range of musicians, deeply rooted in folk-pop icons like Bob Dylan and James Taylor, yet also including elements of bluegrass, funk music, blues, and soul. Much like his versatile voice, Dixon finds a full sound playing by himself with guitar, harmonica, and his postal-themed homemade foot drum, or with a full band.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
BROOKS DIXON: Greenville, South Carolina is my hometown
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
BROOKS DIXON: I started singing at a very young age, often in church choirs and began to play piano at age 6. First picked up a guitar at age 12, but didn’t begin to seriously pursue music until college at Clemson University. I grew up listening to a lot of soul music, but really found my own voice in folk pop, so naturally my sound has evolved out of both of those influences.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
BROOKS DIXON: I started writing in college, almost as just a way of coping with what I was going through. I think music is an amazing opportunity to connect people, to inspire them through a connection of any kind. For me, I thought the idea that I could create something lasting, and something meaningful was really noble, and something I thought that was worth my time, even if one person could be reached, and be affected by it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
BROOKS DIXON: My songs are mostly personal, even ones that tend to be more general capture some form of personal growth. I like to think of songs as monuments, its easy to forget the positive ways you’ve grown or life lessons, music for me is a way to capture, commemorate, and remember important moments in life. I think they are very relatable experiences, and something that people like because they are honest.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
BROOKS DIXON: I tend to pull influences from just about every genre. I grew up absolutely loving Michael Jackson and lots of funk and soul music, but when I began to play guitar I fell in love with classic rock. In turn when I picked up harmonica and acoustic guitar I began to really find a voice listening to folk pop and bluegrass. Artists like James Taylor, Jack Johnson, Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, they all bring a unique sense of soul to their own acoustic music. That’s something that resonated with me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
BROOKS DIXON: It’s somewhere between Amos Lee and Dave Matthews Band. The biggest challenge is that different songs can have different feels. Some songs have some big country influence, some bluegrass, some pop. I don’t like to rule out instruments because of trying to fit in a specific genre, I think it is good to be different and match unique instrument combinations and rhythms.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
BROOKS DIXON: As a vocalist and performer I believe that I bring a lot of passion and intensity to a live performance. As a writer, I think that wide variety of musical influences has helped me develop a vast music lens, in the sense I’m creating music that is enjoyable and appealing, but maybe isn’t quite like something you may have heard before.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
BROOKS DIXON: The single hardest thing for me has been learning that music isn’t something I can do entirely on my own. It’s nice to think that music is all dependent on my own skill and work ethic, but music is about more than that. Its about engaging, its about connecting, and that makes it about more than just yourself. You can’t help but want to involve people in something like that, both for your own sanity, and because it’s a worthwhile pursuit.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
BROOKS DIXON: I just released a new 6 song EP titled “Weather The Storm” and have begun writing more songs for potential upcoming projects. Everything still feels fresh, which is a great feeling, but it’s always a good thing to keep working hard on new material.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BROOKS DIXON: First and foremost, in 10 years I simply hope to be still creating meaningful music that people are able to enjoy, but I would love to grow as an artist and a person, and naturally that means bigger audiences. I hope that I keep developing as an artist and keep growing as a musician, obviously have big goals for myself as far as what type of venues I’d love to be playing, but I think the biggest goal is to keep enjoying making music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
BROOKS DIXON: I have two EPs that have been released, the latest “Weather The Storm” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and just about anywhere else. I am also available on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as on my website brooksdixon.com
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