Jordan Merrick

by the partae
Where are you currently based?

Brisbane, Queensland

How did you first start playing music?
I found my sister’s old nylon string guitar in the garage and 12 year old Jordan decided it would be a great idea to learn a Tenacious D song!

What’s been happening recently?

Besides the new album, I have recently joined Listen Up Music’s board of directors and am currently working on Torch Fest Brisbane which is incredibly exciting!

Your album ‘Waiting Blues’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

The bulk of the album was written during the first lockdown in 2020. A lot of the songs served as me compartmentalizing the new world we found ourselves in. There were highs and lows, but ultimately that time led to an album I’m incredibly proud of.

How did you go about writing the album?

It was very different in the sense that I found myself writing the songs at different spots around the house. I wrote the title track sitting on my back porch looking at some streetlights on the empty street across the road.

What does Waiting Blues mean to you?

The thoughts that run through you’re head while you’re waiting. Be it waiting for the pandemic to end, waiting in line or waiting to finish work – the world of waiting that lives in your thoughts.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

I recorded the album myself in my home studio and had guest musicians record remotely. Cody McWaters mixed the album and it was mastered by Matt Gray.

How did you approach the recording process?

It was the first time recording an entire album alone so it was very organic and natural. Explored ideas as they came to me and did so without second opinion or judgement. It was very liberating and although challenging, loved every moment.

What programs/equipment did you use?

Cubase is my go to DAW and I have an Apollo Quad interface.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Loved Cedarsmokes new album and thought the posthumous album of Mike Noga was brilliant.

What do you like to do away from music?
I’ve found myself gravitating towards hiking and camping since the pandemic. There is something so special about spending time in nature.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?

Take it easy for a few weeks then get 2022 planned out. Excited to see what the year holds!

Favourite food and place to hangout?

All vegan food and Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast Hinterland.


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