An Interview with Jordan Skinner

Ellie D Chats with Jordan Skinner

Ellie D Chats with Jordan Skinner

Where did your musical journey begin?

I started leaning guitar at the age of 3, my father played and when he didn’t play what I wanted him to I would throw a tantrum….. so he stuck a guitar in my hand to occupy me. Ever since then I have been playing guitar, I officially enrolled in lessons when I was 6.

What do you hope to achieve through your music?

I would love to just build and maintain a strong relationship with a group of fans that like my music. I really want to write music that means something…. I can’t write lyrics that I don’t mean nor can I write music about things I haven’t experienced myself, so you won’t be hearing me “popping champagne in the club” lol I really can’t stand that shit!  

What’s coming up for you over the next 12 months?

This is really exciting, I have a new EP coming out in late January 2017. Im writing this album with a friend of mine who is based in Sydney and he is also producing the album, so I’m spending a lot of time in the big smoke writing and getting demos done. I have some really awesome players who are getting involved which is great and will really give the album that extra something I don’t think you can get when just programming instruments, so yeah I’m really excited about that and look forward to getting it out next year. This tracks on this EP will be a lot more “me” if that makes sense, as some of the previously released material has been heavily influenced by so called “professionals” and I fucking hate how some of them ended up, so with this EP I decided to do it how I want. So John and I are really just making songs that we think are just killer tracks!! 

As an artist, what’s on your musical bucket list?

I would really love to sell out a headline show in a theatre that would be the coolest thing ever!! 

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Who is the inspiration behind your music?

I love all different types of music, but my all time favourite artist has to be Michael Jackson… I used to dance around our family room trying to copy him. It’s safe to say I won’t be incorporating any dancing in my performances lol.

How do you define success in the music industry?

Hmm that’s a tricky question. I think, as a musician it’s easy to get blinded by the success of cats like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars & Hozier (people of that calibre) and feel like anything less than being a super star is unacceptable. I would really love that to happen for me, but personally id consider my career or anyone’s career in music a success if they can get by doing this….. Believe me, its way better than swinging on a shovel for 10hrs a day (which is what I still do, sometimes to get money)

Which music artists would you consider collaborating with?

To be honest, I would consider collaborating with anyone. I reckon writing with new people has made me a better songwriter because different people methods challenge you to think is different ways in regards to maybe a songs perspective etc. But if I had to choose one I would give me left testicle to write with Bruno Mars! haha :P

What words of wisdom do you have for upcoming music artists?

I guess for independent artists…... just grab this bitch (the music industry) by the horns and do it yourself!! Waiting to be “discovered” or to get a “deal” is a good way to be left behind. Be smart with your budgeting, planning and strategies for releases etc. Do research on grants and government funding, this can be a massive help with recording and marketing. I know this doesn’t sound very sexy but the truth is music is a business just like any other and unfortunately you need to spend just as much time taking care of the business aspect of your career as you do creating the music….. That is until you’re in a position to have people doing all the minion work for you! But yeah it might sound a little brutal but yeah you gotta be more than just a great musician.