ROAR: What inspired you to become an audio engineer? Who supported you along the way in this dream?
JORDAN: I always wanted to get into the music industry, even while I was still at school. I used to love listening to music and was always curious why some tracks made you feel awesome and others were almost unbearable. I guess overall what inspired me was the possibility of helping create some of those tracks that make people feel awesome. haha.
I have had a lot of support along the way from a lot of different people. Initially, my folks were super supportive of me when it came to making a decision of what to do when I finished school. I actually started out studying civil engineering at uni but hated it, and they were completely supportive of me trying my hand at music from there. The australian recording industry is incredibly supportive of each other also. In my earlier days, I definitely got a helping hand from some great Australian producers/engineers and musicians.
ROAR: Have you always loved music from a young age? What are 5 of your favorite bands?
JORDAN: Music was always a huge part of my childhood. My parents would always be cranking some Rolling Stones, Led Zepellin, Beatles, Travelling Wildburys, that kind of thing, so it was a pretty good grounding to get into music at an early age. It was awesome to have the opportunity to get into it so early.
My favourite bands are always changing! There are a couple of staples that I have have listened to forever and still get a high rotation at home. Paul Kelly and The Gin Club have been favourites for years. They both always have got a track (or a swag of tracks) for any mood. As a listener I connect with the stories in songs, and like the music to reflect that, rather than being a polished production all the time. Other favourites at the moment would be Jake Bugg, Violent Soho and Chilly Gonzales. Gonzales in particular has pretty much been on repeat everyday for the last few months!
ROAR: What was the breakthrough moment for you to becoming successful? What are some highlights or amazing people or jobs you have been involved with?
JORDAN: There wasn't really a breakthrough moment I guess. It was more like a gradual climbing the ranks kind of thing. I started out making coffee and doing whatever was required of me at Studios 301 in Sydney, then became an assistant engineer, then an engineer, then producer. I've built up a great list of credits, and been involved in some amazing projects. It's been more like a whole heap of breakthrough moments!
I've been lucky enough to have worked with some great artists so far. Over the last couple of years I've had the pleasure of recording with Angus Stone on both his solo album and the new Angus and Julia Stone album, recorded albums with Karnivool, The Living End and Xavier Rudd. I have also worked with Lady Gaga on two of her albums, Bruce Springsteen's latest album and some yet to be released material from U2. They're all highlights really. Also recorded and mixed the new MT WARNING album which was a really fun one.
ROAR: For a young person wanting to get into to audio what would be some advice you could offer?
JORDAN: Get into a studio as early as possible! Study is great and gives you a good grounding, but there is nothing like being on a recording session to learn how it all works. Even if it is as an intern to start with, it's a great environment to be around if you want to become an engineer or producer.
ROAR: What's in store for 2015?
JORDAN: Plenty planned for 2015! Heading to Texas for SXSW in March, then producing an album on a ranch outside of Austin for a few weeks which should be interesting. I've also got a couple of Albums and EP's already booked in for this year so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into those.
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