Firstly, can you tell us the story behind The Jordan?
The Jordan is in fact my personal solo project after enjoying a very successful career as the voice and face of Caro Emerald. I spend years and years experimenting to discover a more personal sound, and the album Nowhere Near the Sky is the result of that.
What made you want to make music and perform under a new name?
The most important reason is that Caro Emerald is in fact a collective. The name is not mine alone, so in order to investigate new adventures, I had to work under a new name. The other reason is that I felt I wanted to do something completely different, and I didn’t want to ‘ruin’ the beauty of the concept of Caro Emerald. It lives in its own universe and deserves to stay there. The Jordan is a new place where old and new fans can join me on my new musical journey.
You’ll be performing a headline date at The Bush Hall in London on Friday 17th March. Are you looking forward to coming to the UK?
Yes! So so much! I’ve always enjoyed playing in the UK, and I feel very much at home there. I’ll make sure to do my very best so hopefully more UK bookings will follow.
What can we expect from the show?
The repertoire is very diverse: there are very intimate, haunting songs, grooving and soaring mid tempos, but also very danceable upbeat tracks. The whole thing has a very cinematic feel to it, and my personal story will be in the lead. I’ll be bringing a 4-piece band: guitar, bass, keys & drums. We will use live samples & effects to approach the trippy, dreamy sound of The Jordan.
Your new album ‘Nowhere Near The Sky’ will be released on 10th February. What was the creative process behind making the record?
It was very intense, mainly because it was very new to me to be in charge. When I decided to start for myself, that meant also having to organise everything on my own, because I didn’t have management, publishing, or a label as a solo artist. It left me feeling insecure and doubtful, nevertheless I was willing and persistent to find out from scratch how to do it, step by step. The songwriting process was most challenging, because I didn’t know any professional songwriters and the success I came from put the bar up really high. After a few years of writing and trying I felt I had a few key tracks that really could make the difference, and that’s when I started working with David Kosten, who has been everything I hoped for in a partner for this. He really understood what I was aiming for and was gentle, patient, but critical at the same time. He challenged me to be better, over and over again. And the result is absolutely wonderful. It’s a personal document, in which I feel I’m showing everything I have as both a vocalist and a songwriter.
You also released your new song ‘Temptation’ last month, can you tell us about the track?
I noticed in the process of writing I often felt the need to write songs of encouragement, especially in those moments where I would lose heart. Temptation is one of them. I wrote it for myself, but also for other women to keep on fighting for what we want. This is an interesting time we are living in, with a new feminist wave that we can all take our advantage from. But in order to do that, we need to get up and emancipate ourselves. Cause no one’s gonna do it for us. That’s what Tempation is about.
Can you describe your music in three words? Pop, cinematic, feminine
What does 2023 have in store for The Jordan?
It will start with the album release of Nowhere Near the Sky on Feb 10. Then after that, a small European tour to Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam. In the meantime, I’m also promoting as much as possible in a couple of countries. After that, I’m aiming for my first festival summer as The Jordan and I am already starting to write a second album!
Do you have any messages for your fans? I hope to see you very soon at one of my gigs! Thanks for sticking with me! Lots of love
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