Brandon Niederauer, otherwise known as “Taz”, is set to take the stage with Friends of the Brothers at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center this Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00 p.m.
Brandon, at only nineteen years old, is already a well-known musician, recognized for his ferocious guitar playing. He’s had the opportunity to play with many renowned music icons over the years as he has carved out a space for himself and honed his own unique sound. Brandon is excited to team up with Friends of the Brothers—who celebrate music of the Allman Brothers Band—on Saturday for a night of rock that will be an unforgettable experience.
Brandon discussed the upcoming show at WHBPAC, how he got his start in the music industry, and what it means to him to be able to perform in front of an audience.
How did you get your start in the music industry?
BN: I started playing at local clubs on Long Island at nine years old. When I was eleven, I got the role on Broadway in School of Rock the Musical. That was finished when I was fourteen. At that point I worked with my booking agent and soon became an internationally touring musician. I had been mentored during that time by many amazing musicians who also shared their stage with me and allowed me to play with them. That was instrumental in my progression.
What and who were your earliest influences?
BN: The Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, Duane Allman, Muddy Waters, Warren Haynes, and so many others.
How would you describe your genre and style?
BN: I play a blend of Funk, Rock, Soul, and Jazz.
How were you able to cultivate your own unique sound over the years?
BN: My sound and tone is in my hands. I listened to many players and brought what I heard into my playing. But my sound comes from my heart, head, and my hands.
What does it mean to you to perform and express yourself through music?
BN: There is nothing like the feeling to be onstage and interpret songs both new and old in a different way every time. The audience is invested, and I create. The way I play changes with my mood, and where my head is on the day of the performance. No matter what I give it my all. I learned that from Colonel Bruce Hampton.
What has it been like finding success in the music world at such a young age?
BN: I really do not think about that at all. This is just something that I do. Something that is a part of me. I feel lucky to be able to connect with the audience and I am happy they come to hear live music.
What are you most excited about for the event in Westhampton with Friends of the Brothers, and what can attendees expect?
BN: I am excited to have the audience hear a set of my music. I am friends with the guys in Friends of The Brothers, so I think there will be some collaboration and cross pollination. It is going to rock!!!
Get ready for a night of moving and memorable music in the heart of Westhampton this Saturday! To purchase tickets for the upcoming performance featuring Brandon “Taz” Niederauer + Friends of the Brothers, visit https://whbpac.org.