Jordan Carroll Makes the Music Just Acoustically

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Jordan CarrollPhoenix, Arizona acoustic artist Jordan Carroll got his start with music in 2009 by 2013 he had already written and recorded for his debut EP “Meet Me In The Sun”. Having such deep and engraving lyrics and powerful voice with the vibrant essence of his acoustic guitar, he was able to make music the way he saw fit. He went on to tour across the West and East coast and internationally as well, moving out to Los Angeles, California but now back home in Arizona he has been hard at work writing and recording for not one but four upcoming EP releases. These will debut in the new year with a string of constant touring across the way just as he’s previously done. Jordan Carroll has built a great balance of material and will continue to do so as his musical career expands further and further, as such he took the time to discuss the progress of his upcoming releases and backtracks to his musical inspirations and what his music is truly all about.

All Access Magazine (AAM) Introduce yourself, tell me what you do as Jordan Carroll, and how long the project has been together?

Jordan: Hello, my name is Jordan Carroll, I am a solo singer songwriter, I sing, play guitar, piano and harmonica. I have been working on my music since about 2009 and I plan on continuing til I cant no more!

AAM. Tell us the brief history of your project.

Jordan: It all started a few years ago, I wanted to learn how to play guitar and sing. So I set off on a journey of a lifetime to see what I could make happen. I started out playing in my room, learned a few cover songs here and there, but mostly was focused on writing my own stuff. I didn’t wana play other people music, I wanted to make my own.
After I felt like i was confident enough, I took my music down to the local coffee shop, about once a week and I became a regular there. I always got good feedback when I played there so that made me wana go farther. I then started making my way to very small local shows, I would get all my friends to come and hangout, it was always a blast. I did that for quite some time. After that I started touring, my first tour I ever did was without a released album. I just wanted to know what life was like on the road. After I got that feeling, I just knew I wanted to keep doing that, so i wrote some songs on the road and as soon as I got home I jumped in the studio to release my first EP. Ever since then I have been playing more shows, booking more tours, making new fans and friends, writing new and better music and just doing ALL I can to keep this going.

AAM. Where is the project based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local artists/bands you could recommend?

Jordan: My music is based out of the hottest place on earth, Phoenix, Arizona. The music scene there is very well off, the artists out there do have some really good talent. If I had to pick ONE artist to keep an eye on from my home town, I would say keep you eyes and ears open for Joey Holiday. He is a solo acoustic singer song writer as well as a front man in a great band. The guy has some raw talent and is definitely going places with his music. Search him on google.

AAM. What type of artist are you?

Jordan: I would have to say I am a very simple, raw and emotional artist with the ambition to do great things.

AAM. Why did you want to name this project Jordan Carroll? What does it symbolize and represent for you?

Jordan: Everyone now days has nick names, band names and all sorts of stuff, I just wanted to keep it simple, just have it be my name. In hopes that when someone hears or sees the name Jordan Carroll I would be the first to pop up in their mind.

AAM. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Jordan: Some of my biggest influences throughout playing music have been a lot of old blues players, lots of Rock N Roll Legends as well as some simple acoustic singer songwriters. John Mayer, I really enjoy his work and how he sees things, he helps open my eyes on my own music. Those 1960’s blues guys like Son House, Sonny Boy Williamson, have Howlin Wolf, those guys are the ones who brought most of our music to us. They influenced me greatly with their honest words and the feelings the deliver within each song. I have been a big fan of The Doors since I can remember, providing a free, fearless, wild side, they have always kept me dreaming of going far with my music, I’m not sure what it is exactly, but they always seem to inspire me with the work they have done.

AAM. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Jordan: My songs are simply about life, love and experience. I try my best to keep them simple, open and emotional.

AAM. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Jordan: I do. I usually start off my songs by thinking of what exactly I want the song to be about, what I want it to say and how I want it to feel. I then search on the guitar for the correct sound that would match for the feeling of the song. Sometimes lyrics come easy and sometimes they don’t. I usually get my best words when I am laying down in bed and I usually get my better melodies when I am just singing in the shower haha. Sometime it takes a while for the whole song to come together, I always seem to change and rearrange words and sounds all the time, just until I have it exactly how I want it.

AAM What’s your take on “Meet Me In The Sun” as a whole?

Jordan: Over time my EP “Meet Me In The Sun” has grown old on me, I’m not sure why. I still love it when I hear it but I feel like it’s not quite as good as it could have been. I was so anxious to get in the studio, lay down those tracks and release it, I wasn’t taking the time to actually think about what I was doing. Maybe I should have waiting and put more time into it. But over all I am glad I have it, all those songs have a deeper meaning to me then what you actually hear on the record. I will never forget any of those songs or why I wrote them.

AAM. What inspired the album title? Is there any story or concept behind the title?

Jordan: There is a story actually, while I was on my very first tour I came across this girl, who I shall not name, and we kinda just hit it off really fast. She lived on the east coast, while I was touring on the west coast. I’m not sure exactly how I came up with it, but I always told her to “Meet Me In The Sun” since we were unable to meet cause we were very far apart. I remember the day I was driving somewhere in California on a bright sunny day, and I just knew that’s what the EP was going to be called. It just fit perfect.

AAM. Would you say that this is a concept release?

Jordan: Yes, yes it is. I used to write a different style of music, still acoustic, but just different. Different words, chords and ideas. I wanted to give the public something everyone could listen to and enjoy and I plan on keeping it that way.

AAM. Who produced “Meet Me In The Sun” and what was it like working with them?

Jordan: My good buddy Matt Nelson, in Beverly Hills California. He was an AWESOME dude to work with, very trustworthy, honest and just there to help. It was nice to have someone like that. I really couldn’t have asked for a better guy. He was so open and the best of all he KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING and how to do it. Over all, he was just an amazing guy to have help me make that EP.

AAM.Who did the cover art for “Meet Me In The Sun” and how much input did you have on it?

Jordan: That photo that you see on the front of my EP “Meet Me in The Sun” was taken in Barcelona, Spain. On the beach, buy a photographer named Tiago Prisco. I remember that photo shoot. It was in the winter, the ocean water was FREEZING and I had no shoes on. But it was worth a cool shot haha.

I had the whole input on it, I was going to use the beack picture as the entire background, but I found out that wasn’t going to work. I chose the font for the name and title, I wanted to keep it kinda fancy in a way. Something smooth and refreshing. Something new.

AAM. What’s your favorite song on this release right now?

Jordan: My favorite song on that release would have to be “My Best Friend”, it really digs deep in my heart when I hear those old words I wrote, it brings back so many memories, good and bad.

AAM. What are your expectations for the CD?

Jordan: I just want people to hear it and feel the emotion within it. That’s it.

AAM. What’s new in the recording process of your music – in terms of a follow-up release?

Jordan: I have LOTS of recording to get done over these next few months. I am currently in the studio recording a new single on the piano called “Yours To Keep” expected release March 2014. I am also in the works on putting together 3 or 4 more EPs that I and anxious to release this coming year too, 2014. A whole new look on recording and writing is going to make these next few releases much better than what I have already done.

AAM. What are your dreams and goals?

Jordan: Dreams and goals…. I just want to keep playing music, doesn’t matter how or where, I just want it to keep moving forward. I really don’t see myself doing anything else, I’ve tried and I don’t feel right. I love singing and playing, it’s such a free release for me of the things are feelings I cannot show. I would love to just travel and keep making music as long as I live, record as many albums as possible. I just don’t want to be forgotten.

AAM. What should labels/zines/promoters know about you? Why should they be interested?

Jordan: They should know that I’m a workaholic, trustworthy, responsible and ready for action. I don’t really care if they are interested or not.

AAM. Where can we listen to you and where can we buy your stuff?

Jordan: You can find my music all over the web! Go check out my new website at http://www.jordancarrollmusic.com

AAM. What plans do you have for the future?

Jordan: I have so many plans for the near future, and I am very excited about them! We are starting off 2014 with a 2 week European tour, coming home to release a new single, then jump in the studio to record 3 or 4 more EPs that we are planning to release this coming year, 2014. Then jump on a 40+ US tour! I plan on making new friends, meeting new people from around the world, and writing new music!

AAM. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Jordan: I would just like then to remember the feeling that those songs gave them, and I would like them to hold on to those feelings.