IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET KNOW – BROOKS DIXON – SOUTH CAROLINA’S HOTTEST STAR!

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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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131 COMMENTS

  1. Pursuing music as a livlihood is not for the faint of heart. So happy for Brooks! His hard work and love for music will continue to carry him forward. So excited to see where he goes!

  2. Brooks! I love seeing all that you are doing. Your new album is incredible. Proud to see all that you have accomplished since we were neighbors.

  3. Proud of you pursuing what you love outside of engineering! Loved seeing you perform at Terrapin! Yalls show was great!

  4. Dixon has become quite the entertainer, I saw him a few years back in Clemson for the first time and it’s been amazing to see him grow. Big things are in store

  5. This man is a legend! If I ever hear that there is a new song or album coming out by Brooks Dixon, you better believe I’ll be first in line. His music is like no others.

  6. Brooks is a very genuine music artist who is very honest! His music is very relatable and I really enjoy his music! He is very talented and is willing to do what it takes to reach out to varieties of venues! He is a great artist, keep it up you’re doing amazing Brooks!!

  7. Brooks is an amazing artist! I’ve had the privilege of seeing him perform since college. Definitely check out his new EP on Apple Music!

  8. Saw Brooks last night at Due South, he was great even just by himself, soulful voice and powerful melodies. Great songwriter

  9. Yes!!! Brooks is by far one of our favorite musicians and his live performances are honestly amazing. In fact, we’re going to see him again tonight!

  10. He’s surrounded himself with the right people and knows how to connect with people so well, not just through songs and performances, but also life in general. Keep it up son

  11. Brooks is a super nice guy, with some very good music. He tells some raw, emotional stories with a familiar and refreshing feel. If you’re looking for a blend of Americana, folk, and southern rock, you need to check out Brooks and his band when they come to your town.

  12. We got to meet Brooks when he performed up in Hendersonville at a Vineyard, his music hit the spot, but his personality and wit really connected with everyone there. It was a lovely afternoon, we bought one of his CDs and have really enjoyed it

  13. brooks hosts a songwriter showcase in Greenville at my favorite coffee shop, it’s awesome to seems him play, but I also love seeing him interact with the other songwriters, he comes across as so genuine

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