NMG Musicians Spotlight - Jason Fitz
©2007 By Bronson Herrmuth
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Bronson: Where are you from Jason and what year did you move to Nashville?
Jason Fitz: I'm originally from Las Vegas but I moved around a lot as a kid so I've kind of
lived everywhere. I came to Nashville just under 10 years ago. This is my 10 year
Bronson: I know your first instrument was the piano and then you switched to violin at a
very young age. Tell me about that and your first performances as a young
Jason Fitz: When I was little I wanted to take piano lessons and they didn't have any
teachers. So even though that's what I was trying to play, they couldn't help me so
they referred me over to the violin just to kind of hold me over and I loved it. From
the first time I played it, it was all I wanted to play.
Bronson: How old were you?
Jason Fitz: I was 4 and I knew when I was 4 that I was going to be a violinist for the rest of
Bronson: I have to ask you this Jason, you played Carnegie Hall at 10 years old?
Jason Fitz: (smiling) I was really fortunate, I had great teachers and really supportive
parents. Something like that doesn't happen unless a lot of people put you in a
position to be successful and I was very blessed to have that.
Bronson: Talk about being a member of the Nashville String Machine and name some of
the artists who's records you've played on.
Jason Fitz: The String Machine is awesome, I've never seen anything like it. They walk in
and they sight read songs straight to record. It's intense and it's the most education
I've ever had, just playing these things on the fly and you have to have to play it
perfect 'cause it's going straight down to tape. I've played on everything from
Matchbox 20 to Alan Jackson, Josh Grogan. I mean it's really been a amazing
experience because I've gotten to play in every genre and I've got to learn a lot
more about myself as a player, in the process.
Bronson: Which do you prefer, performing live or in the studio and why?
Jason Fitz: They're two totally different beasts. As a performer I prefer to be live but as a
writer, therešs a thrill of being in the studio and watching your little "babies" come
to life in front of you that you can't explain.
Bronson: You are a former member of the group Shiloh and now you've struck out on
your own and released your first solo album as an artist. Tell me about your new
CD, entitled "Brand New".
Jason Fitz: "Brand New" is the most exciting thing I've ever done. I had the chance to write
with a lot of different people when I left Shiloh and really find my voice and find
that sound that I think identifies me, and the record identifies me. There's parts of
the record that are more rock, more aggressive, when I first came out of Shiloh,
and then the more recent stuff that was written is very sort of Keith Urban style
happy. You can see my life in the last year on that record. It's really amazing.
Bronson: I was at your CD release party last week at 12th & Porter and you have a
fantastic voice, great songs and a sizzlin' hot band. Is a tour to expose your new
record in the works?
Jason Fitz: First of all thank you and yes. Later this year we'll start working in this region to
try and build a buzz here and Shiloh was really blessed to have some great
connections in Los Angeles, so I'll reach out to them now that the record is done. Išll
just kind of take it one building block at a time.
Bronson: What advise do you have for someone new to town that might help them find
work as a musician in Nashville?
Jason Fitz: Put yourself out there, that's the biggest thing. You've got to get out there and
get to know people on a personal level. There's a million great players in this town.
There are a hundred great fiddle players that I know. You get gigs and you get
opportunities based on personal relationships more than anything so you've got to
get out there and really get to know people and get people to trust you as a person
and a player.
Visit jasonfitz.com for more information and to purchase "Brand New".
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