First Concert: Iron Maiden with Twisted Sister, but it was a Sammy Hagar concert that set the bar for the type of rock star a young Ted knew he wanted to grow up to be.
Performing is as essential to Ted Brasier’s life as breathing. Okay, that might be overstating things a bit…but not by as much as you’d think. A singer/songwriter with a long and winding journey of band experiences behind him, Ted has undeniable stage presence, even when there is no stage to be found.
Ted’s life-long musical fervor blossomed at a young age under the nurturing and tutelage of his cool older brother. Laying around, listening to his brother’s records for hours, from the moment he encountered a compilation of 1970’s hits performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ted was hooked on music…and the captivating way it told stories.
When he was in the 8th grade, his brother became manager of a local record store and began letting Ted tag along for concerts, even using his connections to get the wide-eyed preteen backstage, and young Ted was mesmerized by the artistry of the performances as well the songs.
As he grew older, Ted found that he too had stories to tell, and that the manner in which he shared them, through song, could have a powerful impact on people around him. He used his voice, his words, his guitar, to start writing and performing…and he never looked back.
By 1990, Ted was ready to unleash his inner rock star on a larger public. Over the next ten years, he’d work with a variety of bands to release numerous albums, while consistently wowing audiences on stage. Some highlights of that time include:
- Released first album, Neurotic Façade, with the band Grimlock, in 1990.
- Grimlock then spent two years opening for national metal acts, like Overkill and Pantera.
- In 1992, Ted moved on to the band Liquid Nation, and within a year they’d released their self-titled album.
- Liquid Nation went on to also open for some big names within the metal genre, like Testament and the Def Tones.
- Ted signed a European and South American Recording Contract with Leviathan Records with the band Vainglory in 2003, before working with the band to release the album, 2050
- Also in 2003, Ted wrote and released an album under the band name Visual Kaos, under his own label, Kaotic Kreations.
- In 2007, Ted released another album with the band The Screaming Kings.
On the electronics side of things, Ted had an interest and knack for gadgetry…and a passion for helping people use technology to better their homes and lives. By 2000, he was working in technical support for DirectTV and cable companies by day (when he wasn’t resting up post-concert), before wandering into the installation realm of home audio. Ted has been a CEDIA certified custom home theater and automation installer since 2002. Even winning the award for Best Home Theater in 2005 from Electronic House magazine, for an installation he led. Familiar with the NuVo line as an installer, in 2008, upon seeing an ad for a technical support position with NuVo, Ted jumped at the chance to interview. Working on the support lines has allowed Ted to combine his love of music, and storytelling, with his enthusiasm for electronics.
He has felt right at home with the rest of the NuVo staff since the first day, who all share in those same passions.
Now the proud father of six, Ted doesn’t get to let loose on stage quite as often, but the rock-n-roller is still in there and delights in his most favorite audience: his children. And who knows….maybe once they all get a little older, a family band could be the next musical endeavor he takes on?