After his debut single, Brasko is back with the second single from his upcoming EP, “Static”, and sat down with GoodMusicAllDay to tell us a little bit about himself.
Brasko’s music is like a modern day mix between Michael Jackson, David Bowie, and M83. Brasko, who’s real name is Jordan Brasko Gable, has been making a name for himself in the “New Nashville” scene. Originally from Akron, Ohio, he moved to Nashville on his own at 19 after realizing that there “really was not much there to do in Akron besides sports or heroin and I wasn’t good at sports and I didn’t do heroin.”
Brasko found music at a very young age, “My uncle had a band and he let me play the drum set one day and I was like, alright, I want a drum set for Christmas, and my parents were like, ‘OK, just wait until Christmas’. But my father already had a guitar and I was so obsessed by the time Christmas came around I already had taught myself the guitar.” He quickly followed through and worked on his drumming skills before starting a band, saying, “I started a band with some older guys when I was pretty young and they wanted to be a hardcore band and I pretty much wanted to be Queen.”
Not many teenage guys aspire to have their high school rock band be like Queen but Brasko has always been influenced by 80’s pop-rock icons like Freddie Mercury of Queen. He says, “I have a bunch of quirky influences, I’m a huge fan of Alan Cumming, and Cabaret, and what that meant in the 40’s. Todd Rundgren is actually my main one. He made this album “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect” and I was like if I could ever make an album half as good as this it doesn’t matter what happens because that’s what I want to do.”
Brasko moved to Nashville after high school and started making music on his own. “I was doing teen pop and it was fun, sort of doo-woppy, but I kind of fell out of love with it. I started writing 6 days a week, then I realized this one corner of myself that had been completely untouched my whole entire life and that was exciting for me,” he continued, “I was taking everything too personal when I released music under my real name, so I sort of created this character of Brasko that’s pretty much a superhero version of myself.”
His music changed under his new name and he was finally able to capture the sound that he had been wanting to create for so long with some help from producer Cason Cooley. “We took big, giant, masculine, manly, drums, but paired it with this feminine, sexual, vocals, and it created this sort of contrast and I was like ‘I don’t think there’s any rules any more so let’s not pay attention to the game and just make the music that we’ve always wanted to make, so we did.”
That contrast between femininity and masculinity is big for Brasko and he’s consistently embracing both sides of himself. He says he’s not “normal” but likes that fact and uses it to his advantage, saying, “I’m not good at being normal. So if I can use my weird influences to help me, yeah, sure. And, there’s not too many straight dudes on stage wearing mascara so I have that.”
The cover of “Static” shows Brasko on the floor, shirtless, with glitter and makeup all over his face, and being stepped on by a woman wearing high heels. Brasko sees this representation of himself as an attempt to “completely go after my masculinity and male ego,” saying, “the whole premise of everything is giving up ego.”
The new single, “Static”, is, in his words, “about that friend that you haven’t crossed that line yet but the tension is just getting worse and worse and I’m addicted to this ‘static’, so you’re addicted to the sexual tension… The whole EP is really about human intimacy and for me to do what I thought I was supposed to do I wanted to talk about this corner that no one was talking about and that’s the dark part of human intimacy that’s not good for you but we still crave it.”
Brasko seems confident in the steps he’s taken with the artistic direction. The vibe being generated by the overall atmosphere of the work is one that, while chilling, is still fun, addictive, and exciting. The combination of retro pop and modern funk truly works for Brasko and we have a lot to look forward to from both him and the whole “New Nashville” music scene. Brasko’s debut EP is expected to drop in mid-2018 so we’ll keep our ears perked up while we wait to see what his next risqué move may be.