Jordan grew up here in Cedar Park, Texas and picked up drums in the 6th grade. He was trained by a jazz drum teacher and later on played in improvisational noise rock bands. He moved up in New York for college and played in a noise rock band called Dead waves. He also played in a neo-soul and a pop band. He then moved back to Texas to play in Ziggurat and another noise rock band 2069.
Michael started playing bass in 8th grade. In high school he was in a cover band later named the Michael Clark Experience that played pop punk songs. Throughout college he would jam with me and another friend Rey on bass, guitar and piano.
This leads to the formation of Ziggurat…
Ziggurat is a newly formed band that began earlier this year. Before this formation, Michael and I would jam on keys and bass. We’d experiment with many sounds and samples on my DAWs. I decided to reach out to find a drummer on Craigslist in January and found Jordan. Jordan has a background in the noise rock scene of New York City with Dead Waves. I knew Jordan’s raw rock/noise style would perfectly contrast with my dreamy, jazzy piano playing. It would complement my striped down jazz style. Jordan and I practiced for about a month and then I added in Micheal. We started off playing some contemporary jazz songs I written in college and in high school. Songs that I felt needed drum and bass backing. We thought hard about our band name and Michael came up with Ziggurat. I felt Ziggurat captured our sound the best in a way that’s difficult to explain.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
When I was in high school I listened to a ton of Latin jazz and it definitely had an influence on my music. The melody of this track was written 2 years ago and it was completed in the summer of this year.”Binu” is a reinterpretation of the Latin jazz genre. I wanted to bring a bigger atmosphere and add a live dynamic to my Latin style. Along with the technical aspect of this track, I also wanted to add some sampled material to “Binu”. The flute in the beginning of the song sampled The Cyrkle – “Kites” and we also sampled Michael Naura Quartet – “Watamu” which subtly appears later in the track.
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 am a super collaborative and open musician. I don’t care what sounds I make on my keyboard or my computer as long as they sound good, I’m good. If I wrote a country song with dog howls and sampled Nickelback vocals and it sounded good, I’m putting it out. Genres don’t really mean anything to us as a band. Ziggurat will continue to put out music not confined to a single genre.
Downs- Managing social media stuff, dealing with booking agents/promoters that try to scam you, playing live at events where people don’t give a shit, and just knowing how tiny you are in the over-saturated music industry.
Ups- We love playing and writing music. It’s the best thing. Even throughout the hardships we face as unsigned musicians, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
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.
We don’t have a music video for “Binu” yet. Ryan Wilson at Silverjacket Audio produced and recorded this track. It was recorded with an old upright piano at his place. We wanted to record the song with all of us playing together in the same room so we could get an organic feel.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
The need to experiment and write music in a new style or fashion. Connecting with people’s emotions and mental states is what inspires me to write my music. Just knowing that there’s infinite possibilities when it comes to art is really dope.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I can’t say I know that. Utilize creative melodies/ harmonies and rhythm in a way that stands out I guess.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Positivity. Not being an elitist dick. Making good music for the sake of making good music.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Never compromise yourself , keep up that drive.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
We put out a demo this year to promote ourselves in regard to playing shows. We’ve played a couple of shows in downtown Austin and a couple of small gigs in San Marcos as well. Our demo was a rushed set of three songs that could be referred to as “Malin Jazz standards”. These are tracks that were written a while ago and have been played a million times. We just released two of our first official singles. They are going to be part of an adventurous untitled EP. Stay tuned for that, it’ll be some great stuff.
We’ve gotten some recognition by blogs like A&R factory and Eternity network. My solo work has been featured on three publications; Hookedonthemusic, Giveitaspin and IX daily(which featured a joke beat that I made in college).
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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest day -When we recorded our new shit and celebrated with beer that night.
Saddest day- Playing in San Marcos and Jordan’s snare broke. Also no one gave a shit about our band there.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
First we would pay off our loans. Then invest in some stuff. Then we would build an amazing studio with an astonishing array of musical equipment. We’d then hire orchestras, choirs and all sorts of great instrumentalists to make a crazy musical experience.