Jordan J is a man on the move. With his family originally from Cincinnati, Ohio this 22-year-old artist, producer and engineer, has lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, San Diego, California, and now Los Angeles, California. It's all been in the name of pursuing his great love of making incredible music.
Currently managing the very cleverly named 'Vocal Corner Store' - "founded by my boss, dear friend and mentor Nick Cooper" - Jordan J is not only working on his own material, but producing up and coming artists.
We are currently working with Ricky Dillon (YouTube personality) on his EP, also artists like Lilianna Wilde and John Joseph."
His current release 'One Republic I Lived X Faedaway' is a remix of One Republic's hit track 'I Lived'. Not only has Jordan J produced a fresh, powerful and uplifting version, but he's skilfully showed exactly what moving around can do: enable you to feel the richness of music's emotion.
Jordan J took 5 out from the studio and chatted to me about what is happening over there in L.A. for him at the moment:
Question: Man you have moved around! I can see there is a great love for music and you've really followed this. How do you think this experience so far has shaped you? What key lessons did you learn and what challenges did you face?
Jordan J: Shaped [me] … Rather transformed [me] mentally, physically (100 pound weight loss NB 45kg) and spiritually becoming more awakened to possibilities. The key lessons that unlocked those possibilities are faith, focus and the effort to add value to anyone I can.
Question: Tell me about the projects you are working on the moment, I see you collaborate a lot with other artists?
Jordan J: [On] my solo production, I'm working with my long time friend from high school, who was one of my first female artists Hannah Renee, on two songs off her EP. Just had a session with her today and I am over the moon with this song we are working on. She is a wonderful spirit, and highly motivated artist that you will hear in the days to come. She's an incredible writer, singer and visionary.
Me personally I am still going to pump out remixes of my favourite alt tunes. I just finished a remix of Vance Joy's Riptide a few weeks ago. That'll be the next release on Soundcloud. And me as Jordan J the artist, I am working on my EP.
Question: As a combined artist\producer\engineer what are your days consisting of?
Jordan J: My days at the moment are honestly pure bliss, and a blessing to be allowed to be in my position, under the sun living my dream. But logistically, I wake up at 7.39am each morning, drive downtown to the studio, park my car in the garage down the street, walk into Aladdin (Great Mexican food on 12th & Hope) get some food, and the rest is up in the air. I'm in sessions all day, or if I'm out, managing the artist development company – but, most likely all at the same time.
Question: Would love to know about the production on Faedaway, it's a killer track.
Jordan J: FAEdaway, my Premium Production surname. Thanks! It's a great song I remixed it … makes me feel something when I hear Ryan Tedder sing. It heals in a way, that's why I had to flip it.
Question: What drives you to produce this style of music?
Jordan J: I'm claustrophobic sonically, so that's just what I felt in the moment. But specifically speaking the power of this song is relieving.