It’s always refreshing to interview young talent in the music scene, and Ms. Jordan JAE is quite the force to be reckoned with since the release of the song/video for her debut single “Said No One Ever”, which can be seen here.
MEB: What’s your earliest memory of your love for music?
Jordan JAE: The earliest memory of my love for music was when I was four years old at my Grandparents’ house performing, “We Go Together”, from Grease the movie in front of my family, singing my heart out on my Barbie Karaoke Machine. There is not a time in my life that I can remember when I wasn’t in love with music.
What was it like working in studio with Kinetics and One Love?
It was awesome! Kinetics and One Love are both really funny cool guys and it is always fun to work with them. They really bring out great stuff in me and I can’t wait to work with them again.
For your song “Said No One Ever”, what was the inspiration behind that track?
“Said No One Ever” is about girls taking back their power in a break-up situation. You can have fantasies of revenge but in the end it is best to walk away.
Saw that part of your iTunes proceeds go to VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. What does the cause mean to you and how did you decide to donate to them?
I have always felt strongly that every kid should get a chance to fall in love with music or even just try a musical instrument like I did. Music has saved me many times and is such a big part of who I am today. The fact that some kids don’t have school environments that encourage musical education really breaks my heart.
How has the city [NYC] influenced your music?
The city itself is so musical! All the horns, people, sounds. One of the things I love is walking down the street and hearing someone playing their sax and seeing people gather around. It’s exciting. Being able to walk around and be independent at a young age lets me create my own experiences, which really helps me write as well.
What have been some of your favorite moments since the release of your song?
Some of my favorite moments since the release of “Said No One Ever” would have to be when people from places like Russia or Germany tell me they love my music. When people from countries I’ve never been to say they love my music, it really amazes me and brings tears of joy to my eyes. The fact that my music is being heard around the world is truly unbelievable!
What is coming up for you? Tours, new music?
Definitely new music and covers are coming up along with some live shows. Can’t wait for everyone to see what’s coming next!
Explain your songwriting process, how does it start and when do you know it’s done?
I start writing with a basic concept – a spark. Then comes the brainstorming and assembly which creates somewhat of a story. Once I have some lyrics I start humming a tune in my head. Then figuring out chords on my guitar or piano. I know my song is complete when the lyrics are meaningful and it is something I would want to listen to on my iPod or on the radio.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Some of my musical influences are my Dad and Avril Lavigne. My Dad has been playing guitar in our living room since I was born and has been in a band. He has always made music a part of my life – either as a creator or an audience member. When I was eight years old I went to my first concert, an Avril Lavigne concert. It was amazing because she was and still is my female music icon! Avril has such an amazing style and her songs inspire me. I used to listen to Avril all day every day and I would learn all the lyrics to her songs.
What is something you hope to accomplish through your music?
Follow your dreams! I find that the everyday things that happen at school and home always give me inspiration. Write songs, sing your heart out, and play your music as loud as you can. Do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place. Try putting your music up online and see if you can create a following. If you believe in yourself, someone else will too.