Musician of the Week: Damien Jackson

Damien Jackson
Damien Jackson

When and why did you start playing guitar?

11 years ago. I started playing guitar because I watched Jimi Hendrix Live at the Fillmore East and it inspired me to stop playing sports and start playing guitar. I asked for a guitar for Christmas that year.

Who are your biggest influences?

Jimi Hendrix. John Coltrane. My mother. Wayne Krantz. Miles Davis.

Who have you been listening to lately?

A lot of Ravi Shankar. I’ve been getting into Indian music. And a lot hip-hop like Atmosphere and Aesop Rock.

What are you doing musically off campus?

I’m playing with Just The Tip and I’m in various jazz groups depending on what it calls for.

What sets you a part from other guitarists?

I play more from my heart than from my brain. A lot of people get caught up on the theoretical aspect of what they’re doing and don’t focus on the music itself. 

Any advice for aspiring musicians?

Always play with a metronome. Try to sing what you play if possible. Be true to yourself as a person to make it easier to express yourself.

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  1. this man is what is described when dedication, and passion is mentioned as a focusing factor in ones chosen field of endeavor,,, pleased does not do it justice as to my reaction to his continuing developement..

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