Jordan Jane has been crafting his talents in Cornwall since childhood and in the past year his music has propelled to a position as one of Cornwall’s most promising up-and-comers. We spoke to Jordan about his music, inspirations and what’s coming next as his music gets picked up nationwide.
Lets start at the beginning, what was it that made you want to be a musician?
From the moment I saw my primary school teacher playing the guitar in class, I knew I wanted to learn music. I started learning many instruments at primary school such as guitar, drums, piano and carried this on at a secondary school for performing arts. I started writing music at around 15, just jotting lyrics down on notepads and trying to get melodies to them. I go to a folk night down in my local village which always inspired me to write music of my own.
What is it about music that you enjoy and inspires you to keep creating and playing?
I love writing melody lines and lyrics, I am inspired by musicians around me which really drives me to work on new songs. I also love playing my music live and getting good feedback from audiences. I like to think I inspire young musicians into taking up a career in music.
In your blossoming musical career, what has been your favourite moment so far?
My proudest moment so far has to be performing live for BBC Introducing. I had a great time recording with them and interviewing at Radio Devon and Cornwall. Things like these I would love to do much more of and always look to play my music in unique and interesting places.
You’ve released some great new music in the past year and have been writing and recording for years. Do you have a track that is your proudest achievement?
My personal favourite has to be “Follow the Cliff Face North”. I like how this track has a sad but moving story line behind it. I love writing songs with a message or a strong story, I think writing a song someone can relate to is really important. The track is about a ship sinking at sea, which down at Cornwall has happened a lot. The story tells of how the family’s feel and the sadness of someone lost at sea.
If you could collaborate with anyone in music, dead or alive, who would you want to work with?
There is only one answer to this for me – John Martyn. His music has been the biggest inspiration to me. Albums such as Solid Air and Bless The Weather have been my favourites since i started playing guitar. The man was a genius musician and the king of story telling within acoustic music.
As your music is really starting to kick off with plays on various BBC radio stations, lots of gigs, and festival bookings, what does the next year hold for you?
In the next year I plan to release two new singles and 2 EP’s. My new single ‘Sleep’ will be coming out in November. Followed by ‘Jessie the Girl’ in the new year. I’m planning a tour next year, mostly venues in the South West of England with a few festivals here and there. I also have a few European dates which I’m very excited to announce. I’ve also been endorsed by KMA Pedals and Dr Scientist this year and next year I will be looking to create more successful brand partnerships which would be amazing.
If you were stuck on a desert island and you could only take 1 track to listen to and 1 item, what would they be?
I would take ‘Tapestry’ by ‘Carole King’ because I’m not sure there’s a better album out there than that. And item wise I would take my Martin Acoustic, just so i could carry on playing on my lovely desert island.
What advice would you give to other aspiring musicians from the things you have learnt so far?
My advice to any musician, old or young, would be to just go for it, write music, record it, and just send it to everyone that you think might want to hear it. Don’t be shy, and never think your sound is wrong because there’s a sound for everyone. Be yourself and unique and play music you love. If you can connect with the words you write then its a good chance others can.