Here's the "Artist of the Week" interview I did for Oklahoma Dirt. Enjoy!
THE DIRT INTERVIEW!!! BRANDON JACKSON!!!
It's my pleasure to bring you Oklahoma Dirt's "Artist of the Week"
Stillwater's own Brandon Jackson! Brandon has been there and back and
is still putting out his best work yet! He's nominated in two categories on the Big Star 97 Music Awards. You can go to www.bsma.bigstar97.com
to vote! It's always a pleasure to talk to such a great guy and
fantastic musician. Let's see how he did with TEN DIRT QUESTIONS!
1) As with any business or career, there are ups and downs. What are
the most rewarding aspects of your music career the average fan wouldn't
BRANDON: There are many, but one that comes
to mind is the fact that I get to do exactly what I feel I was meant to
do. I love that I get to perform, sing, play guitar, and write music
for a living! Whether it's for 5 people or 5,000, I just love to be on
stage and play my music. As long as people want to hear what I'm
creating, I will continue to do it.
2) What are the most trying aspects?
BRANDON: It's a business. I don't think a lot of people think about
that. It's called the Music BUSINESS and even though we're song-writers
and performers, it's still a job. I would do this for free if I could,
but the reality is I also do this to provide for my family. I'm
essentially a small business owner, and just like any small business
owner, you want to do the right things to make the best "product" for
your customers and to get that product to as many of those customers and
potential customers as possible. It's hard when you're trying to work
with someone who doesn't get that, and thinks you just go out and party
all the time or a venue that feels they don't need to pay you that
much because "all you're doing is playing music." The truth is, for
that 2 hours on stage, there has been hours and hours of work already
put into it just to play that show. I also laugh when I meet some
people who don't know what I do and when I tell them, they say "wow
that's cool, but what do you REALLY do, you know your real job?" It's
not always easy, but I'm honored to say that for the last 10 years I've
been able to provide for my family doing what I love as a full time
3) Define a perfect fan.
Obviously no one's perfect, but I have to say I really love the fan
that is truly interested in the music they are hearing. They support
live music and have no preconceived notions of what they want to hear.
They just want to listen and enjoy the music that is being played for
them. I love that. Because I never want to be a juke box and just play
the same ole songs and requests everyone does. I want to try something
different, and maybe present something to the fans that they may not
even know they like yet. And the fan that is willing to be there and
experience that, in my opinion, is a true fan. They may not like
everything I do, but they are willing to sit back and enjoy the ride.
4) Coolest venues to play?
BRANDON: Larry Joe Taylor Festival, Cain's Ballroom, & Billy
Bob's. The history alone of all 3 of those venues/festivals is just
5) You hear the term "sellout" in our music scene sometimes. Is that a real thing, and what is your take on "selling out?"
BRANDON: Yeah, that term is thrown around here and there. I see it
this way: No one has goals to just be mediocre and average. As a Red
Dirt/Texas Artist, I feel the same way (see my answer to questions #2).
I'm always gonna work and adapt to make sure I'm continuing to succeed
and get bigger & better. That's not selling out. But if I do that
and ignore the fact that one of the major reasons I'm having such great
success is the fans that support me, then I have just sold out. I would
be focused more on ways to make more money, instead of creating a
product (music/my sound) that my fans want to hear and that I feel is
true to me. We, as artists, can never forget that we are here because of
the support and dedication of our fans. And even though that number
may increase through-out a career, we can never forget where we came
6) What is in your CD player right now?
Right now actually in the van, I have Kimberly Dunn's second EP. I
played an acoustic show with her a while back and was blown away with
her voice and music. She's just getting started, but she has the
potential to really break out over these next few years in the Red
Dirt/Texas Music scene. Check her out at www.kimberlydunnmusic.com
7) What artists do you feel should be more noticed?
BRANDON: Well, that transitioned well! Haha! Along with Kimberly,
there are a ton of amazing artists out there that people haven't heard
of yet. Brison Bursey (www.brisonbursey.com)
is a guy that's been around a bit, but he's an amazing song-writer
along with John David Kent & Gary Kyle. There are so many others I'm
leaving out! These guys (and girl) are a few people that I've played
acoustic with and thought, "why are they not HUGE?" Really, I would say
this: if you don't know their name, that doesn't mean they suck. The
big artists you know & love now, all started out as unknowns. Give
them a chance. If you go to a show and think they suck, then so be it.
At least it won't be because you don't know who they are. :)
8) On a day off... What are the Top three local/Oklahoma acts you'd go out to watch?
BRANDON: No particular order: Ryan Reid, Chad Sullins, & Jake
Moffat. I try to make it out and support live music here in Stillwater
and around the state as much as possible. It's important.
9) Oklahoma artists are all over the Texas Music Charts. Do those charts help or hurt Oklahoma musicians?
BRANDON: Oh I don't think they hurt at all. There are stations all
over Oklahoma that report to those charts too, not just Texas stations. I
think some people feel like those Texas stations will only play
"Texas" artists, but in my experience, if you have a good song they
like & feel like their listeners will like it as well, they'll play
it no matter where you're from.
10) I got to see your set
along with all of the other Oklahoma musicians that played the Steve
Rice benefit show at Oklahoma Joe's. I've heard accounts of that night
ranging from "off the hook" and "incredible" to "that experience
impacted my life." What was your experience like as a musician, a fan, a
friend and a member of the Oklahoma music community?
My first impression was; "what a great turn out!" Not only the fans,
but all the musicians who came out to show their support. We're all one
big family as musicians and we all try to support one another as much
as possible, and I thought that show was a great example of that. It's
always fun to get together and have a chance to play with one another
too. We're all out playing shows and don't get that opportunity a whole
lot, so to get to hang out and play some tunes with each other is
another great thing about it. I was proud to be a part of it.
There you have it, folks! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! If
you did, visit Brandon's fan page on Facebook and his website www.brandonjacksonmusic.com and buy his music! Or better yet, see him live! He is amazing!
(photo courtesy of Stills by BJ)