Musician Jordan Rooker recently played a gig at The Basement in York. Whilst we were sadly unable to watch him perform there, we did get the opportunity to have a chat with him – see below for more details!
By Jane Howkins
You recently performed a show in York at The Basement. How did it go, and how was the reception? Did you enjoy the gig?
It went great! The reception was good and I really enjoyed it!
Do you have any more gigs lined up? If so, where and when can we see you? Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?
Me and my band are played at Jimmy’s in Manchester on Friday 9th November and also in Leeds on Saturday 10th November. I’ve done a few gigs before in Manchester so we expected quite a few people there, so that was one of my favourites. The penultimate show of the tour is in my hometown (Sheffield) on 25th November at Yellow Arch Studios – those are always special.
You first came to fame about a year ago, when you released the lyric video for your debut track What I Need. How did it feel to get such a reaction, and how did you get into the music business?
Fame?! I wouldn’t go as far to say fame haha, but it certainly must have made some form of impact as I played my first sold out show a few months later! It was really great, the reception I recieved and the support from fans, friends & family really topped it. It all seems to have grown since then to what is now.
You recently released a new track called The Sound of Sirens. What can you tell our readers about that, and do you have any more tracks up for release?
It the first one of a new bunch, conceptually it’s a spiritual successor to Lost at Sea (my first EP). There’s more in the pipeline but not until early 2019, so keep yours eyes peeled.
Your debut EP Lost At Sea was released last December. How was the reception to that, and what can you tell us about it? How was the writing and recording process for you?
The 3 tracks featured on the EP were the first ones I wrote towards the end of 2016, it was a year where I’d gone through many changes in my life, leading to a solitudinal period of months where I was writing songs all day everyday. It seemed fitting at the time to record and release those 3 songs first. The recording was tricky at first – in the summer of 2017 I had a bunch of songs I wanted to record but I didn’t have much money and 0 people who wanted to help out, so I got in touch with a few people who I knew recorded small time artists. I showed several people the tracks but no one was interested. However, one of the last meetings I had with Paul Tuffs went more positively. Tufty had worked as a sound engineer for my previous band a few times and was a friend of mine at the time. We had a meeting and he really liked the music and my attitude towards what I wanted to do, so he decided to record and co-produce my first EP for me. We spent the next few months recording the 3 tracks whenever we had time and really enjoyed working together to create something we were both incredibly proud of, which I am eternally grateful for.
Do you have any plans to release a full length anytime soon? If so, when, and what can we expect from it?
No not at all, I’m digging the EP’s right now. There will be a new one out next year.
How has the writing and recording process changed for you since last year, if at all? Has it become easier or harder?
The writing process was and still is the same, I wrote around 20 songs in a six month space and all the these songs are from that period. The recording changed this time around though. Last year I recorded almost everything myself, whereas this year I got members of my band to play their parts, which gave the recordings a different edge in comparison to last time. I’d say it was easier because I didn’t have to play everything again!
What sort of stuff influences your music, and what have you been listening to recently?
Everything. A few albums (Anna Calvi – Hunter, Bob Moses – Battlelines & Jungle – For Ever are currently in circulation in my car.
Why do you think people should come and see a show, and what can people expect from a Jordan Rooker gig?
I’ve just built a LED light box with my name on it for the live shows, I haven’t seen any other up and coming bands with one so being at one of my shows is the only chance you will ever have of seeing one. But all jokes aside, it’s all about getting the audience to enjoy themselves, and if we’re enjoying ourselves that becomes easy. Expect luscious colourful sounds, lots of playing, lots of singing, and a show that you’ll be telling your friends about.
Any last words for the fans?
Keep listening to the tunes and spreading the word and I’ll see you soon.