Season 3 - Episode 3: Jason Brooks - Availability Is Essential

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This week I’m talking with my friend a fellow guitarist Jason Brooks. We met while working on the tv show Nashville together a few years ago. Jason has toured all over the world and played on multiple talk shows as a guitar player for some of today’s most popular country artists including Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton and more. We are discussing how to play to the strength of your amp, how to go about getting an endorsement deal and the importance of being available in order to get gigs.

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In this episode we talk about:

*Know when to grab an opportunity. *Availability is essential. *When you find success, continue to grow it. *Don’t oversell yourself. *If you’re not keeping up with people in your network, you’re actually removing them from it. *3 main types of amps to work from. *Play to the strength of the amp. *Understand your voice on your instrument. *Endorsement deals. *Pursue a deal from a smaller company first. *How busy you are and where you are in your career help determine endorsements you get. *Establish a relationship with endorsement people. *Tag companies you want endorsements with on social media as you use their gear. *Venues vs. TV. *Create your own success vs. just being an employee. *Saving your money and have emergency funds. *Charts vs. memorizing. *Always learn the music. *Make sure your instruments are well maintained.

BIO: Jason Brooks is a Nashville based guitarist. Born in South Korea, Jason grew up just outside Washington DC in Herndon Virginia. At 20, Jason made the move to Nashville to pursue a degree in Music Business at Belmont University. Since moving to Nashville Jason has had several high profile performances on The Today Show, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show feat David Letterman, Today with Megyn Kelly, The Kelly Clarkson Show, ABC/CMT drama Nashville, CMT, CMC Australia, CMA Fest Nissan Stadium. When not touring with The Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, Jason splits his time between other major label acts and local Nashville gigs. Additionally Jason owns a small production company which specializes in remote tracking sessions and end to end production for commercial compositions which have been featured on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music.

Jason has worked with Grammy nominated artist Cassadee Pope, Grammy nominated artist Ashley Monroe, Season 4 The Voice Winner Danielle Bradbery, Gone West feat. Colbie Caillat, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Jana Kramer, Lainey Wilson, Chord Overstreet and many others.

Jason is endorsed by Gibson Brands, Fender Musical Instrument Company, Daddario Strings, and Lollar Pickups. You can connect with Jason on his Instagram at @iisjasonbrooks.

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