Nick Jordan is a fresh-faced R&B act based out of the Twin Cities. The care Jordan puts into his live shows has set him apart from the pack and drawn on his strength as both a musician and mover. He recently released his debut EP: NJ. NJ is a true ode to Jordan’s musical upbringing, and incorporates elements of funk, garage, future soul, and R&B. Every song on the project was written and arranged by Jordan, with the production brought to life alongside Lunar Bedrooms frontman Luke Darger. Nick Jordan will be one of three artists performing in Blackout: Representation of Empowerment, on January 7th, 2017 . Tickets are $12 advance/$15 day of show, and available at thecedar.org.
We spoke to Nick in advance of the show.
– Ines Guanchez, 2016 Fall Marketing and Content Intern
Question: What has it been like becoming part of the music scene in the Twin-Cities?
Answer: It’s been a really positive experience for me. I’ve learned that powerful things can manifest when good, authentic art is shared amongst a receptive community. I still feel like I have so much more to uncover, so many relationships to deepen, and new friends to meet. I’m so thankful to everyone in the scene who’s given me an opportunity to share what I do.
Question: You wrote every tune in your album “NJ” from scratch; where did the inspiration for this album come from?
Answer: My life, really. I didn’t have anyone producing for me, so I learned to do it myself. I didn’t have money to book studio time, so I taught myself how to record and engineer my own sessions from home. I fought hard to complete that album. It’s not perfect by any means, but what I love the most about my debut is that I finished it. I finished it, it’s out, and it represents a special chapter of my life where I learned how to be patient with myself & my journey.
Question: When did you first start incorporating the dance element into your performances?
Answer: I’ve been dancing as a part of an ensemble called Energy Dance Collective since 2013. When it came time to debut the NJ show, my desire to dance and choreograph came pretty intuitively since I was surrounded by a bunch of amazing dancers.
Question: Which artists and musicians have inspired you?
Answer: I’m very inspired by early production stylings of The Neptunes — especially their work from the years 1999 — 2003. When I first started writing songs as a teenager, I was really wordy. Listening to artists like Jill Scott & Tweet helped me understand that less words can actually be more with the right melody in place.
Question: How do you describe your sound? What do you think sets you apart from other artists in the R&B scene?
Answer: I live, think, eat, and breathe R&B music. I always have. When I was 8, I asked my mother if I she would buy me a copy of Brandy’s “Full Moon” instead of an easter basket. My dedication to continuing the tradition of quality R&B and soul music runs deep within my spirit. My live set is probably my biggest differentiating factor because I treat every single performance as if it’s my last. That energy is unmatched.
Question: What are your plans for the future?
Answer: 2017 is going to be a big year… I’m choosing to manifest that. I’m just trying to stay in tune with all of the powerful, electric opportunities that are on their way. I’m praying for balance, peace, and a discerning spirit. Starting in January, I’ll be playing a couple shows, releasing a new single, turning 23, and taking myself on a vacation for the first time. Sometimes, the isolation that can come with artistic creation gets a little overwhelming for me. I’m looking forward to taking some time out of the country in order to come back better than ever.