Getting started in the music industry in only 2018, Dylan Jordan as released a handful of music in the short time span of two years. With that SoCal feel to each of his songs, Jordan is on his way to become a heartthrob in the industry. Jordan just released his brand new single “Daisies in Darkness” and ECHO had the chance to chat with Jordan about his new song and more.
How did you get started in music?
To make a long story short, I’ve always been passionate about music. It’s not something where I’ve been singing my whole entire life, it’s kind of something that I picked up recently. In 2018, or maybe 2017, I met a good group of friends who had a passion for music as well as I did and they knew a little bit more about it so they kind of taught me how to make a song, what goes into production, what goes into songwriting and what’s important. That was a big thing that really got me into music, was just having a really good group of people that made it seem not so impossible.
Let’s talk your recent single “Daisies in Darkness.” What was the creative process behind the song like?
So it’s actually kind of crazy, we worked on this song last year, in November or late October. It was myself, my producer Tal and Trey, we had a weekend to just work on music and Tal, my producer, he just pulled up this instrumental that he was working on and we fell in love with it and ended up deciding to make it about the end of the world and guess now we chose to release it because it was pretty fitting.
What’s the meaning behind the title?
I learned that daisies bloom in the dark at nighttime and I think they are one of the only flowers that do that, so that was extremely fascinating to me. I think that was a pretty cool example for us as humans, when times get tough, things get dark, we can learn to bloom or find strength during those dark times, I think there’s a lot of power in that.
How have you been staying creative during this pandemic?
I am very fortunate to have a studio room if you will, right next to my bedroom, so that’s a place I can go and light some songs out and get a really good creative headspace and just staying motivated with friends who are also in the music space is great. I have a buddy named Kyle Patrick and for this whole month of July, we set a goal to write a new song everyday, independently, he’d work on his own song and I’d work on mine. Things like that where you can find challenges and goals during this time, I think that’s the best way to do it, and you know it’s simple, you just grab a guitar of some keys and sing.
You also released a song called “Aliso,” kind of a different vibe than “Daisies in Darkness,” what kind of vibes are you going for with your new music?
That song and “Daisies in Darkness” were actually all planned to be on the same EP, which is a five track EP, that I still have in my notes, it’s all done, it says final EP, but you know that’s very tentative, so I’m not exactly sure what is going to be on that EP quite yet, still figuring that out. The songs that are on there now are very ukulele based, vibey, beach themed. I think they’re a great representation of where I was at where I created it which was end of last year for those five songs and I think it shows a good marker for where I was in that time of my music.
How has your sound changed since 2018?
I think I’ve learned to accept my voice for what it is and it’s own character, just like everybody, I think everyone has their own voice. I believe anyone can sing if they really want to, it needs practice but I think everyone has a unique voice in their own way. For me it was learning to not try to be like anyone else, vocally not trying to sound like anyone, especially inspirations that I’ve had. Also just getting to be more confident with my songwriting and music that I’m putting out and being open and I think what’s most important is honesty with my music, I’m trying to open up as I grow, I’m happy with it.
Who are some artists you always look up to and want to collaborate with?
Frank Ocean, Miguel, Daniel Ceasar, all those artists are great.
Do you remember the first instrument you learned to play and what was the first song you played?
First instrument, well with my voice and guitar and the first song was Black Bird by The Beatles, but now that I really think about it I learned the ukulele first and my first song was Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood.
If you could set up a fan in a setting for them to listen to your music, what setting would that be?
I think it would be really cool to do it in front of a very large aquarium, a big empty space with an aquarium in the back and that’s it.
What’s one quote you’ve heard in life that you want to ECHO out to fans?
Something that I heard recently which has been sticking with me a lot and it’s “One day, or day one, that’s how you can think of pretty much anything in life, your goals, what you want to do,” I suggest don’t wait for that, flip it and say day one and this is where it starts. Waste no time.
Take a listen to “Daisies in Darkness” now!