"Tough question, thats like asking a parent to pick their favourite child!"
A multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer, Geo Jordan has previously worked with an array of celebrated artists, including BRIT Award winner Lianne La Havas, Oscar Jerome and Ego Ella May, as well as touring extensively with Rae Morris, JGrrey, The Noisettes and more. His debut EP The Colour of You and follow-up ‘Remember Me Part. 1’ received a plethora of radio support from the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 and Rinse FM, with DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Jamz Supernova and Toddla T supporting his music.
NEO: How long have you been making music?
GEO JORDAN: I’ve been making music officially as a producer since I was 10 years old, but to be honest it probably goes further back than that! I’ve been playing instruments since I was about 4/5 years old.
NEO: Who inspires you musically?
GEO JORDAN: I draw inspiration from so many artists that to be honest it’s quite hard to pinpoint. I grew up on lots of R&B, soul, reggae and pop music in my household. I also studied classical music from very a young age. Just before I hit secondary school, I started playing video games, skateboarding, and learning production. I saturated myself in the video game soundtracks to my favourite games, loads of rock punk metal and hip-hop… And also getting an insight on Jazz, and British electronica from Giles Peterson’s compilations I had on CD. I basically went through every phase and listened to as much as I could growing up. It definitely all spills into the music that I make now.
NEO: Explain your last single ‘Figure it Out’ using three words
GEO JORDAN: Intense, colourful, electronic
NEO: Out of all the songs you have released which is your favourite? And why?
GEO JORDAN: Tough question, thats like asking a parent to pick their favourite child! *laughs* I’d have to pick Let Go, I haven’t made anything that simple, and open production wise in a very long time. It was a challenge to make a song with so much restraint, the tension can really be felt in the production and the lyrics. Good fun to make something that simple for me, but that still had that quintessential Geo Jordan sound.
NEO: What is the first thing people notice about you?
GEO JORDAN: This is a hard one to answer. I think people notice that I have a very warm and friendly energy when I meet them in person. It’s funny these days when meeting people because a lot of people follow you online before they meet you in person, they can build up their preconceptions of you in their minds. I think I do a good job at translating myself in a genuine way online, that resonates with how I am in real life.
NEO: What emotion do you experience the most?
GEO JORDAN: To be honest despite the state of things the last year or so, I’ve actually experienced quite a lot of joy in the last year or so. I definitely suffer with quite a bit of anxiety, I’m very good at playing it out in a way that doesn’t impact a situation or others too much, I also channel a lot of it into my creativity. I do try and live with as much joy and freedom as I can though. I do my best to surround myself with people that I resonate with, that are driven, but are also just absolute legends. Each connection is a mutual exchange of energy, which helps to facilitate the joy in my life for sure.
NEO: If you were not an artist what other career would you have gone into?
GEO JORDAN: I mean, 100% music was always the goal and dream. However I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t daydreamed about one day being one of those extreme window cleaners, that cleans buildings like the Gerkin and Canary Wharf. What a cool and risky job! *laughs*. if I had another creative job though, I probably be in fashion or photography, or something sporty.
NEO: What is your favourite album no skips?
GEO JORDAN: Hard question! I have loads, but two of which are Era Vulgaris by Queens Of The Stoneage, and Memories by Synkro
NEO: What is something you used to believe in that you do not believe in any more?
GEO JORDAN: Missed opportunities. We are often told that an opportunity missed is something that will never come back again and should be regretted. However, I now believe that a situation with a “missed opportunity” is often an outcome of what I call “divine timing”. If something is meant to be, it will be. There is no time limit on when this thing will eventually happen, and there is no guarantee as to what situation in which this thing may occur. But just know if the thing or opportunity is meant for you, it will happen eventually. Maybe just not as or when you expect it to. Learning to drop expectations has been really important for me, especially in the last year or so with the world being turned upside down. Being able to create without the weight of expectation for me at least, removes the pressure from the situation and means I can get more enjoyment out of the present and the process.
NEO: What is one thing that you are deeply proud of in your life?
GEO JORDAN: I’m actually super proud of my trans-journey to be honest. Trying to figure myself out, especially in my teenage years was very difficult. Trying to find all these labels to attach my identity to and how I felt was pretty hard, none of them felt like they fitted. I didn’t have any black trans-people to look up to when I was growing up, so had to just muddle through really. I also received pushback from people that I was close to, people that I assumed were my family or friends. However, I managed to channel all of my grief into my creativity. Music was most definitely my saving grace, and I feel very blessed with the people the music has brought into my life, be it family, chosen family or friends. I’m still growing, with much of the journey still ahead, but I’m proud of where i’ve gotten to so far.
NEO: Let us know how to find you on social media
GEO JORDAN: @itsgeojordan