Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a music artist. I am currently preforming and promoting my debut EP “Do Me Wrong,” which was released this past March. I recently got out of the studio after cutting another EP that I am now preparing to release in early 2013. Along with the release I am set to go on a coastal tour of CA beginning in February 2013.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I originally hail from the Bay Area of California, from a little town called Los Gatos, and if I am lucky I am going everywhere.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
That is a toughy. I can’t say I have one hero, or idolize one person. I’d say I pull from many different people; from my favorite artists (Etta James, Darlene Love, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks), from my family, and from those who I encounter in my life.
5: What book is your bible?
Kane and Abel by Jeffery Archer. It is hands down my favorite book this world has to offer.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love music, cooking, hanging out with friends, discovering new things, and going on epic adventures. I can’t say there is anything I truly hate. Dislike yes, but not hate.
7: What is your raison d’être?
Wow. What a question. I’d like to say my reason for existence is to make music, but who really knows? I think we all exist to find happiness, and I find happiness in music and the joy that my music brings to others.
8: What is your favorite color?
Purple. Or red when I am feeling scandalous.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Wonder Woman or Cat Woman, it depends on the day.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
When I am in NYC you will find me checking out all of the latest Broadway productions. So if that is considered a hot spot, then my answer is that you’ll find me at the theater.
11: What turns you on?
Confidence, passion, ambition, and the little bit of crazy that keeps you on your feet (emphasis on the “bit”).
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
“What is the meaning of life?” But to be honest with you, question seven is by far the best interview question I have ever had. So kudos to PMC.
In the small, dusty studio at Sonora Recorders in Los Angeles, vintage gear like Mellotron keyboards, Baldwin Fun Machines, Wurlizer organs, and Space Echos fill the room. They wait patiently like an elder statesman as saxophonist Lon Price clears his throat and asks for another Coke Zero before blasting away on his first take of the new Jordan Corey track, “Heart of Stone.” The track oozes 60′s and 70′s Soul. The music is real. The vibe is authentic. The sound is analog – no digital studio tricks need apply. Grammy Award-winning producer, Warren Riker, says of Jordan Corey’s EP, “‘Do Me Wrong’ has the character and the essence of what classic records are made of.” In typical Gary Glitter style, big beat drums resonate on Corey’s first single “Tonight,” while gritty horns and lush string arrangements give tracks like “Do Me Wrong” and “Heart of Stone” an unexpected and sophisticated twist. The Agape Choir singers soulfully interwoven throughout the entire album allow Corey’s new sound and style to emerge with the white-hot energy and funky cool attitude of an early Spector record. This is music that’ll make your Dad sit up and take notice of what’s pumping from your laptop speakers. Beyond the platform shoes and sultry facade, Jordan Corey’s groove-drenched music has an infectious quality that’s simultaneously classic and fresh. In 2009, Corey’s first step into the recording studio was with hit-makers Stereotypes and Grammy Award-Winning mix artist Jaycen Jackson. Working with such illustrious industry names was quite an important step for the unsigned artist. The resulting R&B-tinged six-song EP captured Corey’s enigmatic vocals and became the lightening rod for a social media whirlwind. Despite the deluge of positive responses from social media and the subsequent music industry attention – Jordan felt strongly that the polished R&B sound and slick production of her first recordings was not the proper representation of her as an artist. “I wanted to start again with something more organic, real, and personal,” admits Corey. While this decision might seem antithetical, the outspoken Corey (who also dabbles in mixed martial arts fighting) is never one to shy away from a challenge. In 2011 Corey teamed up with producer Jason Hollis to conceptualize and to bring to life her vision of a new sound that captured the Stax Records vibe with an Indie twist. Fueled by an immediate creative synergy, the two began working on what would become “Do Me Wrong.” Joining forces with guitarist Dan Dixon (Dropsonic), Corey co-wrote all five of the EP’s original tracks and honed her songwriting chops on tracks like “Take It Back,” a brassy, no bullshit take on a tumultuous love affair. The creative team of Corey/Hollis/Dixon then enlisted friend and Grammy Award-winning mixer Matt Hyde to add the final touches to the EP. “I wanted this album to be based on authenticity and I wanted it to reflect what I was feeling and going through at that very moment in time,” says Corey. “I’m not a studio creation. For me, real music with real instruments and real singing is what gets into your heart and soul. There’s just something about raw vocals, live drums, horns, and guitars that can never be recreated with studio tricks, effects, or samples. But I also wanted there to be some cool production on this record that makes it sound fresh. It was important, however, that what we created in the studio was a backdrop for the music, rather than the music being a backdrop for the production.” Jordan’s single “Tonight” from The EP “Do Me Wrong” hit Hot AC Radio the week of April 22, 2012. Jordan is currently featured as an “Artist to Watch” by iHeartRadio.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Jody Domingue
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Jordan Corey, In the studio, Photography by Jody Domingue