1.) We’re super-stoked to welcome cinematic pop artist extraordinaire Jordan Doww; greetings and salutations, Jordan! Before we dive down the proverbial rabbit hole, how has your New Year been treating you?
What an intro!! Thank you very much. Excited to be chatting! 2022 has been interesting to say the least.. The release of this project has been a long time coming. Feels so surreal. I am setting the intention that this is a year of transformation & continued growth!
2.) Kudos and congrats are very much in order for your latest project, Had Enough! What was the genesis of this lovely tune?
This project captures a moment in my life when things looked one way to the eyes of my supporters and what was secretly happening behind the scenes. A few years ago at the height of my career, I fell mysteriously ill and struggled to find sense in what was happening. My mental and physical health started to, what felt like, deteriorate overnight. Had Enough shares the story I wasn’t telling. Originally, it was a break-up jam of sorts. But once we got deeper into the production, it felt like this profound, direct message to myself to make some real changes in my life. I feel like we can often sit in our suffering for longer than we have to. Had Enough is a vow to allow real healing finally take place.
3.) Emily Waldron had a big hand in helping you craft Had Enough. Can you talk about what your collaboration with Emily was like?
She is my favorite person. We started off as quarantine neighbors and quickly turned into music collaborators. She has inspired this entire creative endeavors of mine. She has allowed me to really fall in love with the process. It’s been incredibly therapeutic. Why would you ever turn down an invitation to create something from the heart regardless of its medium or platform?!
4.) What made Had Enough the spot on choice as your debut single?
Emily and I have made a ton of tunes together, although most are unfinished, but it was clear this was the one. I remember listening to the first full bounce of it and feeling like it was way bigger than what we were even aware we created. It spoke so much truth (which terrified me at first.) This was a necessary project that allowed me to dig deep into myself. Creatively and personally, I needed that.
5.) The single itself knocked out socks off, but the music video for Had Enough completely ran us over in the best possible way! How much of the video for the new single has your fingerprints on it?
I owe it all to my director, Mathew Pimental. Being a producer on this project proved to be extremely tough but ultimately through Mathew’s precision, care, and trust, I was able to really get out some emotional wounds through the performance. He made it a safe space in every way possible. He is a legend, truly.
6.) What was it like collaborating with director Mathew Pimental on the Had Enough video?
The ultimate best. I felt like we truly made something we were both the most proud of. It’s very cool to work with someone who is equally as passionate about a project.
7.) From start to finish, how long did it take to produce the Had Enough video?
It took us about 4 months to create the video from scratch. COVID, work, and wanting to tell the story right made this process as long as it did but i am incredibly thankful for it. We definitely had a deadline in mind but ultimately wanted to not rush the process on such a delicate subject. As of late, I’ve enjoyed taking my time on projects. I don’t feel like creative people are meant to be creating and releasing top-tier quality art once a week per what social media has trained us all to believe. It is a recipe for disaster of total burnout.
8.) Was the Had Enough music video cathartic in some ways as far as exorcising angst and past traumas?
Absolutely. Each scene truly felt like such huge releases from my body. They say that trauma can live in the body & in order to heal, you have to release it.
9.) Would Had Enough exist in an altogether different pandemic had a worldwide never occurred?
I don’t think so. The inspiration behind the material was definitely there before the pandemic. But if the pandemic never occurred, I don’t know that I’d have met the people I did & collaborated the way we did. I think COVID made us all take a hard look inward and also entertain new hobbies stuck at home.
10.) What do you hope people walk away with after listening to Had Enough?
I hope people can relate to the collective experience of being so done with their suffering & finally admitting a change needs to take place. I ultimately hope people are inspired to dig deep and put in the work to turn their lives around if they are struggling. I am right there with them!
11.) You’re also an actor, artist and comedian on top of being a superlative musician. How entwined for you are all of these? Is one just an extension of the other and vice-versa?
I feel they are all extensions of one-another. I am a storyteller. I will always love all forms of art. I only aim to expand my knowledge & love for it regardless of its medium. I also may just enjoy too many things.. haha!
12.) Can fans look forward to seeing you on tour to promote Had Enough?
I have literally had day dreams of this happening one day. I would be honored to although I haven’t made any solid plans yet.
13.) It’s early days yet, but what are your plans as far as cutting a full length album? Is that on the drawing board?
Definitely on the drawing boards. I would love to accomplish this someday. I want to get it right, though.
14.) Final – SILLY! – Question: Favorite film about the music scene – Almost Famous, This Is Spinal Tap or La Bamba?
Call me uncultured but I have not seen these BUT I used to collect movie posters and Almost Famous definitely made the cut.