We get to know Jordan Jaarola, a Melbourne-based singer songwriter who’s just dropped his new single ‘Maybe It’s You’.
Find out how he got his start in music, what makes him tick, the artists he rates and what his future plans involve.
It’s all right here in our latest feature.
01. Name : Jordan Jaarola.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne, Australia.
03. How did you get your start in music? I’ve been singing – or making noise really – for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a musical family and my parents were always gigging and rehearsing, so I guess it was very organic for me to also go down that path. I trained in classical piano as a kid and I always did pretty well considering I hardly practised and would just wing the exams and recitals! Writing came a bit later on for me and I didn’t start composing completed songs until about 19 or 20.
I’d say I started taking music seriously when I moved to Melbourne on my own at 20 and studied music, gigged and wrote and worked with like-minded musicians. I love performing but I find myself at home in the studio and love the creative and experimental environment.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Honest, eclectic, expressive, emotional, extra.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. I definitely have a broad spectrum of influences that have helped develop my sound. I was raised in country WA where everyone was into folk, indie rock and blues but I was always copying singers on the radio at the time, so I feel like my music is a lot more American/British. I listened to a lot of electronic music after high school and went to every festival that came around.
But I’ve always been obsessed with the R&B/soul genres and I’ve been greatly inspired by the alternative R&B/future soul thats become quite prominent over the last five years or so. It’s more emotional and has elements of electronic music, and sounds less commercial. I like to push the boundaries of pop and try to incorporate more jazz style chords and crunchy harmonies into my arrangements as well. The key elements are definitely atmospheric layering, lots of harmonies and dynamic, catchy melodies.
06. Who have been your musical influences? I grew up on the pop and R&B of the ’90s and ’00s and have always loved legends such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. More recently I’ve been heavily influenced by artists like Jhene Aiko, The Weeknd, Daley and Jessie Ware.
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? Too many to choose! Can I have a playlist instead? But I’ll say these three – ‘Underneath The Stars’ by Mariah Carey, ‘Ordinary People’ by John Legend, and ‘Run’ by Marsha Ambrosius – are right up there!
08. What was the first album you ever bought? ‘Year Of The Gentleman’ by Ne-Yo.
09. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I am a perishable. My ideal day is under 14 degrees, overcast, with no wind or rain.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I was enrolled in a law degree once upon a time so probably something in that field.
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Don’t worry about what others are doing or saying because they’re on their journey and you are on yours. It doesn’t matter when things happen or how long it takes to get there as long as you keep trying and don’t get complacent. It’s all about eternal peaking and continuing to try to better yourself.
12. Tell us about your latest release. I wrote ‘Maybe It’s You’ about the feeling of uncertainty you experience when you meet somebody new, and you’re not sure if the attraction is a fleeting moment that will phase out, or if it’s something more real. It deals with the difficulty of achieving a true personal connection with someone, especially in this era where everything seems to be so temporary and impersonal.
I love how this message comes through on the track. On their own, the lyrics sound like a hopeful love song. But then when combined with the minor key and the melodies, and the production, it takes on this darker hue. There’s a lightness and a darkness.
13. What do your future plans involve? I’m currently adding the final touches to my EP which will be out in early 2018. There’s a lot I want to do and many different sounds I’d like to explore, so I’ll see where it takes me.
14. Where can our audience catch you live? Gigging around Melbourne. My appearances are few and far between as I like my shows to be fresh and to have some new material each time.
WEBSITE : www.jordanjaarola.com
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/jordanjaarolamusic
INSTAGRAM : www.instagram.com/jordanjaarola
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/jordanjaarola
SOUNDCLOUD : www.soundcloud.com/jordanjaarola
YOUTUBE : www.youtube.com/jordanjaarola