Today we’d like to introduce you to Garrett Jones.
Garrett, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My story began at the age of 15 when I first started to learn how to play the guitar. A friend of mine in high school always let me play his guitars when we would hang out, and I fell in love with the instrument. I have always known that the music industry is what I wanted my career to be when I grew up, so I chased it early on. My biggest influences starting out were Fall Out Boy, Guns N’ Roses, and Linkin Park. I grew up in Troy, Michigan (20 minutes north of Detroit) so I was always surrounded by a big music culture. Over the years, I worked hard at finding and trying everything I could get my hands on. Eventually, it led me to Los Angeles. In June of 2019, I took a leap of faith and flew to LA for an audition with a music director that was looking for new musicians for upcoming tours. I took a huge bet on myself and almost spent my entire savings just to make it there and back. It also put pressure on me to make sure I did the absolute best that I could. A few months later, I started to tour with RnB artist Brent Faiyaz. I have gone on to work with numerous major acts and have recorded on some great projects because of being in LA.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve had plenty of struggles almost every step of the way. Before moving to Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time sleeping on friend’s couches while I was here working. I also quickly learned how much easier it is to rent a car versus “uber-ing” all over Los Angeles for weeks on end. The pandemic (of course) affected the tour with Brent Faiyaz, so we only finished the first few shows. My wife and I own our home back in Michigan and we didn’t want to lose real estate by selling the property. Initially, that posed a challenge but then ended up being a great help in us moving to LA. Until we moved, I continued to fly into work or network. I always tell any aspiring musician/producer who asks me “LA is great, but it comes with sacrifices”. Every single time I’ve experienced a struggle something great came of it. I’m proud to say I have worked on the latest NCT-127 K-Pop Album “Sticker” that reached 3x Platinum and has reached #1 on Billboard. I recently finished a tour with Sofia Valdes (Warner Music), and am leaving early 2022 for a 3-month world tour with Aries (Colombia Records). All of these things and more came from working hard and making new friends in Los Angeles.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am known for being a lead-guitarist both on stage, and in the studio. I specialize and focus on work as a music director. I love working alongside artists and helping create their band and performance arrangements. I recently spent the last year as music director for Infinity Song and Victory Boyd (both signed to RocNation). What sets me apart from others is my dedication and work ethic. When my mind is set to something I have to see it through the finish line. I feel very proud when I look back at my accomplishments and how hard I’ve worked for them. I am always working or creating/writing music. I have a huge passion for my career and I hope I can inspire others to chase their dreams.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love the sense of community in the creative industry here. My wife and I recently went to a party with some of my musician friends, and I met so many creatives in other fields. Comedians, athletic stylists, dancers, painters, etc. We all shared the same drive and goals. It was refreshing to see how many people move to Los Angeles for the opportunities. I feel like here, I always meet people with the same level of passion as me. It’s a really cool feeling. Aside from that, the weather is leaps above where I come from and I definitely enjoy the variety in food. My only dislike so far is adjusting to the traffic.