Here I am, a little unsure as to what direction I should take in my first column. Maybe I’ll just let it have it’s own life, see where it takes me. For my first article I figured I should go easy on myself. Talk to someone I know and like, who I’m already comfortable with: Jordan Cameron.
Jordan has been on my music radar since his first EP, Drawing from Observation back in late 2009. Since then, I’ve watched his talent grow and soar to heights I didn’t know could be achieved. Every time I see him on stage, I think surely he’s reached the pinnacle of what he can do. Then I see him again, and I happily realize that I was wrong. His ability to just stand up on stage in front of huge crowds and do his thing like it ain’t no thang and keep the audience thoroughly entertained is something I have an immense amount of respect for.
Jordan started playing the guitar seriously in 2005 or so. We can thank a guitar in the smoking room and a few parties for that. Already writing poetry, and now playing the guitar, it seemed like a natural progression to merge the two. That’s evident in his lyrics.
After recording Drawing from Observation, just because it was something neat to do, Jordan went on to play shows around the Island, and then, inevitably, the ECMAs. That’s when he realized he loved it and wanted to be a musician.
He’s a pretty busy guy. But between recording a new album, getting married, working a day job, and doing improv with the Popalopalots, Jordan was able to take a few minutes to sit down and have a chat with me about music and life.
I was curious as to what Jordan’s influences and inspirations were; I had a bit of a hard time pinning it down, just from listening to his music. With a bit of a grin on his face, Jordan explained why. “Yeah, I guess when you hear my music, you can tell there’s a lot of different influences because it’s sort of all over the map. Especially the new album I’m working on is kind of all over the place, it’s kind of over the top. But a lot of singer-songwriters I guess. A lot of obscure singer-songwriters. I guess some new ones would be Iron & Wine, Bony Bear, and I’m a big fan of Chris DeBurgh and Tracy Chapman.
“Listening to right now, The Meds new EP which just came out, it’s so so good! A lot of Ed Sheeran from the U.K., Coheed & The Mars Volta I’ve been listening to non stop for the past week.”
I’m always curious as to what people’s favourite shows are that they’ve seen. We both agreed that one of our favourite places to see shows is The Trailside Cafe, which is also home to one of Jordan’s recent favourite shows. “I saw the Meds play with Nudie and Liam Corcoran and that was one of the best shows I’ve seen in awhile. It was a really obscure night”
Jordan has a new album coming out—an EP with roughly 8 tracks—for late spring. It’s being recorded out at Big Grey Sound Studio, with ECMA award winning producer and engineer Jon Matthews. An Indigogo or Kickstarter campaign will be started to cover the printing costs, so keep your eyes open for that, as well as a couple of songs being released for free on a dropcard. A duet with Catherine MacLellan has been recorded already, and hopefully some more fun guests will make appearances. Jordan’s also hoping for more off-Island shows in the new year.
Find out more about what Jordan is up to on his facebook and website: www.jordancameronmusic.com
And don’t be shy to say hi to him after a show!
Moe has been providing The Buzz with live photos of musicians in live situations for many years—since her days as a photography student at Holland College.