Magazine article International Musician

Gabriel Dixon, Finding His Way

Magazine article International Musician

Gabriel Dixon, Finding His Way

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It was at age six that Gabriel Dixon of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) first climbed upon the bench of the family piano and began tapping on the keys. An interest was sparked in Dixon that escalated to a solid career for the talented and dream-inspired musician.

In 1984, he began studying classical piano, music theory, and musicology at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, which continued until he was 18 years old. Dixon took his first real step towards his career at age 12 when a manager advised him to join the AFM to reap the full benefits of being a professional musician. It was a positive move for Dixon, who says that numerous Federation benefits have enhanced his music career."For example, Nashville has a nice rehearsal space at the union [local]; that's a nice perk when I am looking to rehearse my band. When I find myself busy playing a lot of recording sessions, I enjoy the fact that there are scale rates," Dixon adds. "It kinda makes my life easier; I don't have to try and guess at someone's budget and suggest a fee." He says these benefits have helped him evolve in the music world.

His college years brought him to Florida where he studied keyboard performance at the University of Miami. "The practice room and I were very well acquainted during those four years," says Dixon, recounting the calculated and purpose-driven steps that led him to his present career. He also launched The Gabe Dixon Band with two friends-a turning point in his career. It was an enormous feat for the three friends who shared a great deal of success together.

"We were roommates in college and recorded three studio albums and an EP together," Dixon says. "We went through the ups and downs of major label rigmarole and travelled the country playing everywhere, from little dives for a handful of people, to large sheds for thousands."

After Dixon graduated from the University of Miami, the band moved to New York City in pursuit of excitement and more established success, according to Dixon. …

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