Jordan Jay is a 21 year old Future House, Progressive House, Groove, and Future Bass Producer who has had releases on Showland Records, Future House Music, Discovery Sounds, Overbind Records, and Arcadia Records. He's been supported by some of the biggest names in the industry and has played at Amsterdam Dance Event. His latest track is available on Lowly House and you can stream it below! It's the perfect future house track to start your day featuring masterfully edited vocals, clean bass, and soulful organ melodies all packaged together into a remarkably clean production. You won't want to miss hearing this one!
Let's start with how you first got into EDM and producing.
I went to a store with my dad when I was about fifteen and saw some DJ controllers. I bought one on a whim and started mixing some tunes. I quickly noticed that I wanted to change the tracks or rather, make my own. So I did some snooping around on the internet and found out about FL studio. I started off by making dubstep and DnB until a friend of mine introduced me to the other subgenres of EDM which is what I’ve been making ever since. I can work with Logic but I prefer FL Studio although lately I’ve been thinking of moving over to Ableton because I love how smooth it is.
What features are you hoping to see in FL 20?
I really hope they add a better search function because right now, the search function to look for samples and stuff is basically non-existent.
You've been making some Future House, Bass House, and Future Bass recently, and it really spans the spectrum from light to dark, how would you define your musical taste?
Good. Haha I just like good music! It’s not really connected to any specific genre. I honestly listen to a lot of Tom Misch, Bruno Major, and that type of stuff in my free time, but dance music wise I'm a big fan of Dropgun, and Blinders but there’s just too many amazing people making music that it would be insulting to only name a few.
How do you feel about networking in general?
I hate forced networking but I love talking with people like casually. I would really just have the music speak for yourself. It’s just that in this day and age, you’ve got to like force yourself onto other artist and just spam everyone. It’s the way to go but I just hate doing it.
I totally get you, just have to keep treading water and hope someone throws you a life jacket. You've had some pretty impressive releases on Armada, how did you land those?
It's just a matter of slowly building credibility and yeah, building a network.
You and Charlie Ray seem to collaborate on a few project as well as hang out in real life, what can you tell me about that?
He's one of my best mates. Like he's really good at connecting people since he’s much more of a networking guy than I am. We actually do our collabs in person which is a lot better than just sending stems back and forth through different time zones or something. Like the "Monster" remix was actually finished in October of 2016 but then three months ago we realized we've been sitting on it for so long we may as well release because why not?
Tell me about attending Ultra Music Festival!
The Swedish House Mafia reunion really inspired me a lot! It was just so good! Virtual Self was the best set after SMH but I was really surprised by the amount of dubstep played at Ultra.
What was it like to be there on the ground floor when they reunited after 5 years?
I felt more like a fan than an artist at that moment, it was true, childlike happiness for me!
What are you currently working on?
I have another single on Future House Music coming up and Lowly Palace release on the block as well. Both are pretty housey and one is pretty future-ish. Tiësto just premiered the Future House Music track on Clublife which was pretty cool.
How many unfinished tracks do you have?
Too many, man. I have like 650 private tracks, snippets, and ideas on my Soundcloud at the moment. I mean a few are close to being done but yeah, it’s kind of ridiculous.
I'll ask what's the worst trend you've seen with new releases?
Everyone's been blatantly copying each other. I mean I love it when people are inspired by others but lately with new technology, it's becoming easier and easier to just rip off someone else's sound.
Who would you say are the trendsetters these days?
Brooks is definitely the biggest trend-setter; I feel like he has his own little sub-genre at this point.
What was it like to work with Holl & Rush on "Another Day"?
It was dope! I've known them for about three and a half years now and they’re really good dudes. How the collab came together was I had this idea for a song which I proceeded to send to my management, which is also Holl & Rush’s current management. The management thought that it would be something for Holl & Rush and so they worked on it and we finished it in their studio together. It was an awesome experience.
Do you have any dream collaborations?
Dropgun, Sagan, or Going Deeper would be a fantastic to work with but I mean, my top dream collab would would always have to be be Axwell.
What is your ultimate goal, like at what point would you stop and say, "Damn, I made it."
I'll never make it because once you think you've made it, you've lost! Thinking you’ve made it takes away that desire to continue improving yourself; you can always get better.
How much time do you spend in the studio a week on average?
Depends but usually around 8 hours a day.
Is there anything else that you're passionate about that you want to talk about?
I really love watching and playing soccer and I also follow everything MMA, although I don't practice the sport myself.
A big thanks to Jordan Jay for taking the time to answer our questions. Be sure to follow all of his socials for all the latest updates! You won't want to miss his upcoming releases!
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