June 10, 2020

For Musician Brandon Meeks Moving Work Online Eases Uncertainty Amid Pandemic


Indianapolis Musician Brandon Meeks plays bass in a number of jazz combos, is part of the group Native Sun and teaches jazz performance at University of Indianapolis. - Courtesy Brandon Meeks

Indianapolis Musician Brandon Meeks plays bass in a number of jazz combos, is part of the group Native Sun and teaches jazz performance at University of Indianapolis.

Courtesy Brandon Meeks

COVID-19 has made life tough for musicians. Most are gig workers, relying on daily jobs and nightly performances to earn a living. Music and entertainment venues will be among the last to open and most summer festivals have been cancelled.

Indianapolis Musician Brandon Meeks plays his fair share of gigs. He plays bass in a number of jazz combos, is part of the group Native Sun and teaches jazz performance at University of Indianapolis. For the past year he has been moving more of his work online. WFYI’s Jill Ditmire spoke over the phone with Meeks, about how those efforts are helping ease a lot of uncertainties during COVID-19 pandemic.

Native Sun was scheduled to release a new record this Spring. Meeks says the group is slowly releasing tracks online until they can give the album a proper public debut.

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