Photography by Mark Pengelly
“My upcoming EP is kind of a documentation of the many facets of my experiences of human nature.”
The London based artist Geo Jordan is dropping his second single from his upcoming EP Technicolour. The track ‘Let Go’ which he self-produced and co-wrote with fellow London-based artist Laura Roy is about that initial spark when you get meeting someone. We all know this special feeling that can hardly be described with words, but music and this track certainly can convey this.
We had a chat with the talented musician and producer about his early fascination for everything concerning music, the mood he needs to be in in order to be the most creative and what he is most looking forward this summer.
Let Go is about that initial spark when you get meeting someone. It´s about this chemistry that can happen between two people. Is the song written for someone in specific? If not, when was the last time when this initial spark happened to you?
GJ: There is no one specific in mind for the song, but there are definitely experiences that I drew upon for the song both lyrically, and in its intense intimate feeling. To be honest, I feel that spark quite often actually, most notably in the beginning of romantic relationships, but often with creative ones too. There can be a sensuality and a tension that happens when creating with people too that can feel similar.
Geo Jordan ‘Let Go’
It was co-written with London based artist Laura Roy. Why did you complement each other so well for this collaboration?
Laura and I have worked together for years now actually, she is probably one of the few people I write with on my stuff if I ever involve anyone in the process. She is someone who’s perspective and creativity I trust, so she can often pull things out that I would never consider approaching, which is both refreshing and rewarding. As soon as I mentioned my intention and energy that I wanted on the track, she got it right away and it flowed.
“I feel that spark quite often actually, most notably in the beginning of romantic relationships, but often with creative ones too.”
What can we expect from your upcoming EP?
In terms of sonics, Rich synthesis, deep lyrics and songwriting, indie infused guitars, with smooth vocals and hard hitting but complex rhythms and beats, all tied up with R&B, soul, electronic and alternative feels. The record is kind of a documentation of the many facets of my experiences of human nature, hopefully people can relate to the feels.
What has enforced your decision back then when you were still with UK band The Hics to continue working as a solo artist?
Things we’re kind of coming to a natural end for me really, I had been with the band for 6 years at the time, and we’d all grown up together from school days. I just felt that in order to grow, I needed to take some time to pursue my creativity on my own, forge my own path so to speak, without the limitations and expectations of being in a group.
Why did you become a musician in the first place?
I grew up with music all around me. There were a lot of creative people in my family and I was introduced to instruments from a very young age. I took to music like a duck to water and became obsessed really, fascinated by not only the sounds and artists, but the rich history and stories that came with different styles of music and artists. It wasn’t long spent researching and listening to loads of music before I knew it was my calling, and that was the life I wanted to live, just creating, being present and enjoying as much of the process as I could.
“… I need to just feel open, I don’t even need to be relaxed per say, as some interesting music can come from pressure.”
You play various instruments. Do you have a favourite one and why?
This is a tough one for me, I really find it hard to pick one! (Haha) There are so many wonderful nuances to each one. I love playing Bass, and being the bottom end of the band, it’s such a rich and presence bearing instrument. I also love the percussive harmonic qualities of both guitar and piano, harmony is really magical. If I absolutely have to pick though, I think drums. Rhythm, pocket and feel is just the foundation of all music really, drums are such a rewarding instrument to play that everyone can relate to instantaneously. It sets a mood, without you having to think or analyse. Plus it just looks cool and fun!
If you had the opportunity, who would you really like to produce a track for?
I’d love to produce a track for Solange, I feel like we’d make something crazy!
What mood and place do you need to be in in order to be most creative?
I can be anywhere really in terms of location… Mood wise, my main thing is that I need to just feel open, I don’t even need to be relaxed per say, as some interesting music can come from pressure. I just need to be in a place where I can enter some sort of flow state and get the ideas out of my consciousness and on the record or Instrument.
“What I am most looking forward this summer? Reconnecting with people in person again!”
Your musical idols?
Too many… Herbie Hancock, J Dilla, Queens of the Stone Age, 4hero, King Tubby, Jack White, So many more….
Your friends would say about you that you are….?
Funny, strange, nerdy, always hungry, always working, stylish (I hope haha)
What are you most looking forward this summer?
Living life again, experiencing things now that the world is opening up… Things to write about! Also reconnecting with people in person again, last year was a complete write off for that. There’s lovely of lovely faces to see, and lots of great music waiting to happen. Can’t wait.