We talk to the up and coming singer-song writer Jordan Higo about his early beginnings as artist, the current projects he’s working on and his debut single/video “Lock & Load”
Morning Jordan hows things, so tell us about yourself, where are you from where did you grow up?
So, who am I? Well, I’m 23 years old mix raced singer-songwriter from Huddersfield. Huddersfield is where I was born and raised and I’m a proud Yorkshire man. If you don’t see me smiling you’ve caught me on a very, very, very bad day. Asking me such an open-ended question like this is always a risk, talking ‘A LOT’ is a very recognisable characteristic of mine ha-ha. I’m an only child from a single parent family, my parents split up when I was 4 months old. With my Mum having to go straight back to work after I was born, my grandparents and other family members helped a lot. My family and my friends are the two things I treasure most in life. As for music, it’s always been a big part of my life, but only recently did I find music on a self-creative level.
What have you been up to recently, what are you working on?
Most recently I’ve been working on my up and coming single ‘Lock & Load’ (due to be released September 7th, 2018), the track is available for pre-order now on iTunes. This is my first single; I’m extremely excited to see what sort of response it gets. As well as this, I’m working on my first EP, hopefully, due to be released late 2018/early 2019.
How did you get into making music, did you grow up with it in your household or was it something you searched out?
Music has always been a big part of my life, by this I mean I’ve always listened to music and enjoyed signing. As a kid, I was really into rugby, playing at a high standard. Music/singing, although I had a passion for it, wasn’t an avenue I considered perusing. As I grew older and delved deeper and deeper into different types of music, I realised music was really where heart lay. A friend of mine who’s a musician asked me to perform a few songs with him at a gig back in 2017. After the gig, I received great feedback from the audience. From that moment on I decided I would peruse my passion for music.
Can you tell us a bit about your inspirations musical or other, who inspires you?
I have a very eclectic taste in music, I’m inspired musically by a variety of different artist across lots of different generals. Examples being, Drake, Pale Waves, U2, Miguel, Fleetwood Mac, Skepta, the list could go on and on. Inspiration, for me, doesn’t have to involve taking musical influence from an artist and applying it your own. The way in which an artist got to where they are today or the way in which they perform etc. These are also areas when an artist can inspire me. My other two biggest inspirations in life are my Mum and Jimmy Iovine.
Dead of alive who would be your ideal music collaboration?
I have a never-ending list of people I’d love to collaborate with, both dead and alive. Elvis Presley, Drake, Skepta and Michael Jackson would be up there on the list.
So you’ve just released your debut single “Lock & Load” can you tell us a little bit about it, what’s it about?
Lock & Load follows two intertwining narratives, each narrative can be epitomised using two lines from the record.
a. Lyric 1. – “If I need you to take a stand, can I rely on you for sure?”
b. Lyric 2. – “Be careful when you meet my lady”
In one sense there is a seeking of commitment, a seeking of loyalty and trust. A need to know that should you be put in a position in which you require “her” to intervene and protect you, can you rely on her to “take a stand”.
At the same time, there is a confirmation to others, that should they “attack” me in any way. They can expect repercussions from my protector, “my lady”.
This said, the record has a deeper underlying meaning (translated in the soon to me release music video). Internal worries, internal demons, depression, anxiety, things people would generally keep inside to protect their vulnerability. These are also this thing that “my lady” is there to protect me from.
“In life, you meet people you trust and people you don’t trust. I think the hardest part is when you find someone you really trust, and you want to tell them things, but the voice in your head telling you to hold back and not submit to vulnerability. Vulnerability is too often compared to weakness. Being able to open up and let someone in, for me, is the complete opposite. Vulnerability is something that I struggle with. I guess this record was a manifestation of my own feelings toward commitment. That should I let you in, “can I rely on you for sure”.”
Everyone is unique in their own way, but if you had to say one thing – what do you think makes you different?
I’d say the one thing that set’s me apart is my voice. I’d like to think I have a very distinct and recognisable voice. In today’s day and age, technology allows for a person’s voice to be edited and manipulated. I like to incorporate new technologies and techniques in the instrumentals I sing over but leave my voice untouched.
If you could travel back in time and chat to a 10 year old Jordan Higo, what would you tell him?
If could travel back in time and visit my younger self, I make him pick up the guitar! I’m currently learning how to play the guitar, it’s very frustrating. I’d also tell him to listen to his Mum more, she knows everything!!!
Where can people find out more about you & your music?