Broadpals Music ChannelJordan Sleed

November 29, 2017by Kolade Olamide0

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Jordan Sleed, USA, 5/28/1998. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. My parents both had great tastes in music, but I never got into it until I saw this thing called “ukulele”. I was 13, I had recently given up my dreams of making it to the NBA, and this 4-stringed instrument was my next endeavor. I started playing and immediately realized I would be doing it my whole life. Things like singing, guitar, and writing came shortly after I spent countless hours a day teaching myself to play the ukulele.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Currently, I play regular gigs around San Antonio at restaurants, bars, weddings, parties, etc. My first experience plugging in a guitar and singing was at my amazing church, Community Bible Church. I volunteer there regularly, and I’ve met so many great friends and musicians there. My musical knowledge continues to grow, but I really love diving into music theory. I was in band for two years before I started playing the ukulele. I realized I could use whichever principles I learned in band across the board in music. Luckily, I was paying attention often enough.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

My musical voice has been inspired by so many great soulful musicians like James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Jake Shimabukuro, Jimi Hendrix, and more. I try to take these influences and create cleverly-crafted, pop-structured songs. Everything I write is inspired by my life, but I tend to be more introspective than relationship-focused.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I love music. Ever since I started playing it, I knew there was nothing else I could be doing. I face regular periods of discouragement, either brought by insecurity, or occasional difficulty finding gigs. None of that lets me turn my head from the goal. I know there’s nothing to my left or right.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

This whole EP was recorded, mixed and engineered by a great friend of mine named Rick Alvarez. Rick is incredibly talented, and he gets my music. I had a great time working with him.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been a professional musician since I was 15. That’s when I had my first paying gig. Ever since I graduated high school, I’ve had a lot more time to run with it. My goal is to be a recording, touring, and writing artist.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Daily, I’m inspired by the possibility of music being created. I don’t think I’ll ever understand the gift that is songwriting. I’m also often inspired by great moments I hear in songs. The beauty of a great song is that it offers this strange form of time travel. If a song can create a moment and transport you to the feeling of when you first heard it, it’s a perfect song.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Even if I knew the secret to a hit song, I wouldn’t tell you.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

You guys are incredible. I’m beyond grateful that there are people who listen to songs I’ve written and feel something. I’m beyond grateful there are people who want to hear more.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Don’t stop.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I currently have this one independently released EP out. It has been played on radio across the globe and received some humbling praise.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I’d really love to thank Limehead Radio in the UK. They really believe in what I’m doing and I can tell. It’s very cool to see that.

Indie Rock Cafe has also been very supportive and helpful. AVA Live Radio has been very kind to me, as well. There are so many kind people willing to help music they see and believe in.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Pretty much every song I’ve written begins with the ukulele or guitar part. Occasionally, I’ll start with a lyrical idea or melody line. I try not to rush to the production, but sometimes I can’t help myself. When I finish a song, I demo it at home and try my best to play all the instrumentation I hear.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Jake Shimabukuro, John Mayer, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and Ed Sheeran.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I haven’t done much collaborative writing. Of course, I’d love to start!

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

 

Website

 

 

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

 

Spotify

 

iTunes

 

Website

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

As a songwriter and musician, my happiest and saddest days are often within the same 24 hours. I guess the saddest would be the occasional moment where I lose sight of why I do what I do. The happiest moments are when I’m playing music and I’ve allowed myself to be completely present.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars, I’d probably try to invest/save most of it.

I’d take some out and invest in a big recording/ marketing project.

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