Where are you currently based?
I am based in Amsterdam & Apeldoorn in The Netherlands. In Amsterdam I love the city life and Apeldoorn is a much more quiet place. It is more like the countryside which is a great place for me to rest and to find inspiration.
How has your COVID19 experience been so far?
I’m lucky to be healthy and that the people around me are as well. Of course it’s been rough just like for everyone else.Ii get my energy from touring and playing shows, meeting new people and discovering new cultures, and from exploring different countries so to be at home for such a long time was boring. But it also made me realise how much I love my fans and how grateful I am for the life I am living.
How did you first start playing music?
I started drumming when I was 5 years old and I actually never stopped doing that. I started saving money for a DJ set when I was 12 and discovered FL Studio when I was 13. From that moment on I was hooked to producing music. I remember getting home from school and immediately start making music, even when a class got cancelled I went home to produce haha.
What do you attribute to your success?
I think it’s my out of the box thinking with producing and constant motivation to be the best at my craft. I try to just be myself and produce what I like to produce. That really helps me to stay motivated and inspired during my creative process. I don’t like to act like I’m somebody else so what you see is what you get. I love performing and producing and I think people like the ‘’realness’ when it comes to artists.
Your latest track ‘Nobody Knows’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I got the vocal from my label STMPD RCRDS and I was instantly hooked. I was driving home and immediately had the ideas for the production in my head. I started recording the ideas on my phone and when I got home I started working them out!
It was a really nice creative journey because I always love to challenge myself. Feldz really delivered some amazing vocals and it’s crazy but I never even met her! So we worked via email and the result is amazing! I’m very happy to have worked with her on this record!
Where and when did you record/produce and who did you work with?
I was at my home studio because all the studio complexes were closed due to COVID-19. Working at home can be amazing but also very different than going somewhere to work. You really need to motivate yourself to stay in your home studio so I’m lucky to be very hardworking, it keeps me going.
What programs & instruments did you use?
FL Studio, a lot of synths and a laptop:)
Your track with Brooks ‘Without You’ rode in the Beatport charts for many weeks, how did you come to with with Brooks?
We do a lot of sets together, and we had some amazing back 2 back sessions. Fans really loved it so we came up with the idea to build a special intro for Tomorrowland. When we made the intro and tested it live, the crowd’s reaction and the reactions we got online were amazing. I got messages every day saying ‘when does that track with Brooks come out!’ so we thought it would be even better to make it a collab. It took a few months and during ADE we finished it and tested the whole track live for the first time.
What or who influences your music?
The answer is pretty simple: life around me. Everything that happens to me or things I see give me inspiration. I think my music is also my way of expressing myself!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I love to just put my Spotify on shuffle and let everything come by haha!
I’m listening a lot of Kanye West at the moment. He is one of my favorite artists of all time.
What do you like to do away from music?
Kickboxing, going to the gym, discovering restaurants and keep up with the latest fashion.
Please tell us about your YouTube series, how it came about and what you aim to achieve:
My main goal was to give my fans more insight into my life as a DJ/producer, but also my personal life. I like that I can use my Instagram to show only the best parts of my life but I felt like my fans needed some more ‘realness’. So that’s when I thought making a YouTube series would be the perfect look inside my life. I want my fans to feel connected with me even though they are at home. Especially during these times it’s a good way to still connect with fans and show them that I’m just a normal guy that loves to make music, party and tour!
What can we expect from your upcoming releases?
I have a pretty big stack of tracks ready to be released. A lot of tracks with my signature ‘’Julian Jordan sound’, and also some crossover tracks, still with the signature but on which I try new things. There’s definitely a lot to be excited about!
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020?
Hoping to be back on tour very soon haha! But I don’t like to just sit and wait so I’m busy with a lot of exciting concepts and projects to keep everyone entertained and keep myself busy! You will get to see a lot of that in the upcoming episodes of my series.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
For Italian food: Fiko Amsterdam, and for Japanese food: Momo Amsterdam.