On this episode of the dHarmic Evolution podcast, we have a returning guest! Jordan White joined us on DE49, and he is back to talk about his new album “High Road” and give us an inside look at his writing process. At the age of 12, Jordan’s family moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, which turned out to be a very rough transition for him. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, he began struggling with depression when he was about 15 and getting into music really gave him an escape from his difficult emotions. Having gone through these struggles, he is that much more grateful that he is able to make living writing music now.
Jordan got his Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, and he really connected with psychology. In fact, he found that he began to write better the more he understood about his own mind. Growing up, he was heavily influenced by the music of The Clash, Nirvana, Al Green, and other 70’s singer-songwriters, and he has recently gotten into Bruce Springsteen’s deep tracks. Jordan and James talk about their different writing methods, including where inspiration comes from, what time of day, and how structured or unstructured they prefer the environment. Jordan finds that he is most inspired when he travels to new places, perhaps because he is seeing the world in a new way and writing provides an outlet for processing.
When it comes to gigs, Jordan aims to play 3 shows per week, and he has found that he prefers to play at ticketed shows because the audience is more engaged with the artist. This engagement contributes to the mutual sharing of energy between the artist and the audience, feeding off each other to achieve the purest artistic experience. Jordan’s advice to anyone out there considering pursuing music is to not give up and to not settle. Be true to yourself and chase your sound.
“Music saved him from being a statistic.”
“The more I learned about the field of psychology, the better my songs got.”
“So much of what makes someone a person is what they do.”
“Time is an elusive thing when you’re creating.”
“The inevitability of things changing.”
“It usually starts with a lyric that means something.”
“The price for Friday night was Sunday night.”
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