Ellie D Chats with Jordan Merrick

When did you first realise you had an interest in becoming a singer songwriter?

Storytelling is something that has been a part of my life since my earliest memories. My Mum made up stories about the adventures she and her siblings went on in their hometown of Vienna, Austria. There were Witches and magic keys that opened hidden doors to immeasurable gold. I was more upset about finding out the stories weren't true than I was about Santa and the Easter Bunny! Safe to say it got me going and I started writing my own short stories, and once I started playing guitar my writing naturally progressed to songwriting. It has carried on since then. That reminds me, I should incorporate witches into my music... ;)

What's your purpose in releasing music?

Music has helped me through dark times. It has inspired me to work harder when tasks seem unachievable. It has confronted me on things I couldn't/didn't want to see. it has hugged me when I've cried. All I want is for my music to do the same for others. 

Have you crossed paths with your idol, and how would you describe the experience?

I touched Nick Caves arm when he crowd surfed at a Grinderman gig if that counts? ;)

I haven't been fortunate enough to meet my musical idols. I'm grateful that I've seen many of them live.


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If there's one thing you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

I feel the biggest change the music industry needs is to step away from making music a commercially driven product and putting the focus on music the artform. Now more than ever I feel we need people to stand up against the issues effecting our world and face some hard truths. Music has a funny way of stepping up to the challenge when serious questions need to be asked.

Which would be your dream venue to perform at, and why?

Massey Hall in Canada. Neil Young recorded a live album there before he got big and it was phenomenal. I first heard it when I was 16 and it was a lesson in how captivating music can be in its simplest form.

Where do you write your songs and music? 

For the most part l approach it like a job. I've set up a room in my house - I close the door, sit at my desk and work on ideas (generally based off lyric ideas that come to me throughout the day) and compose the music as I write. Songwriting and composing go very hand in hand. I look at it like this: the words are the movie, the music is their soundtrack. If one or the other isn't right, the song will never work.