Jordan Corey Talks "Truth," Classic Rock and More
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:56:33
Jordan Corey is just what pop music needs.
One her debut EP Truth, she wields a smoky Stevie Nicks-style croon over lush danceable soundscapes, creating a soulful brand of pop all her own. Songs like the title track rise with a rock 'n' roll undercurrent that separates Jordan's music, giving it a classic edge. However, she can still ebb and flow with the mainstream belting out catchy hooks that conjure Alicia Keys with a healthy dose of the old school.
Most importantly though, Jordan is telling the Truth with each and every lyric…
Jordan Corey sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for this exclusive interview about "Truth," classic rock and so much more...
Did you always want to infuse pop with flourishes of acoustic guitars and rock?
Yeah, when I started seriously getting into music, I was in a lot of classic rock cover bands. I really like that live feel. Modern mainstream music is very produced. It's born in the studio, and it's probably not going to sound the same when it's played live. I wanted to incorporate that live feel in my music though.
What's the story behind "Truth?"
We recorded the song over the course of a day, and I just really felt it. That was a track we genuinely clicked with, and that's why it's the single. I think the song is very descriptive of stereotypical love, and it covers that bubbly feeling. "Truth" captures the best moments of a relationship, which typically happen at the beginning [Laughs]. If you listen to the EP, it gets a little grittier, but "Truth" encapsulates that initial perfection in a relationship.
Did you have any input in the video's concept?
I actually wrote the concept of the video. I wrote the treatment for it with a group called Guerilla Wanderers. We shot it up in San Francisco, and it was freezing, but we pretended it was warm [Laughs]. I love the way the video turned out.
Is it important for you to tell a story in each song?
When I listened to other people's music, I needed to connect with it. The way I connected best was when I could hear a story and pull from what they were feeling. Stories are obviously part of every one of the songs on my EP. I'm a storyteller [Laughs].
What's up with "Remember My Name?"
I actually recorded that with the producers Stereotypes. I love it. I think it's catchy, but it also has a feel to it. The EP shows a lot of different aspects of my musicality. Every song is a separate aspect.
If your EP were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
I'm trying to think of my favorite movies and see if any of them apply [Laughs]. I would say any movie that a girl 18-30 would go see. This is my movie; I'm writing it right now while we talk. It starts off like this—I walk into this hotel and meet this guy. Then we have the weeks of perfect love which is "Truth." "Breaking All the Rules" is when you're dancing. Then, the end of it turns out really shitty [Laughs]. Maybe it's The Breakup, except it's not funny…I don't know what I'll call it yet!
Which artists shaped you?
I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, Motown, soul and R&B. My parents really grinded that on my sister and I growing up. Then as I got older and I started writing, my first band was a classic rock cover band. That definitely played a part. I pulled from classic, rock, soul, Motown and that white girl pop [Laughs]. I think Adele blows everybody out of the water. I love Amy Winehouse. Alicia Keys turns it out. Stevie Nicks is dope. I like a lot of strong female artists that do their own thing. My favorite track ever done by Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks is "Rhiannon." I covered that like crazy. I love how on Adele's 19, every song opens up another part of the story. That's what I love about that. I listen to John Legend all the time. His first album is my favorite. I wrote poetry like it was nobody's business when I was a kid. I'd get up before school and write them. I probably thought I was being so deep [Laughs]. Do most 12-year-olds write poems?
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