Local songwriter Patrick Jordan has worked with a number of highly-rated North East artists over the years and is preparing to finally release his own EP – well, three EPs in total. Lee Allcock caught up with Patrick to find out why he’s decided to eventually bring out his own material.
You’ve worked with some acclaimed local artists over the years, but why have you now decided to go ahead and release your own solo material?
After spending the past decade producing music for other artists, including Cattle & Cane, The Chapman Family, Chloe Chadwick, Mosaic Sun, Be Quiet! Shout Loud, and my former band Young Rebel Set (YRS), etc, I decided to go back to songwriting which was something I hadn’t really done since leaving YRS. A year ago, I realised I had stopped spending time on music other than producing for other artists; I had stopped playing the various instruments I had around the studio and I made a conscious decision to get back into playing and performing. I bought a new guitar (as you do) and this inspired me to start playing again.
And you’re about to release your third EP in your series. Tell me more…
The first song I wrote, ‘Change Your Mind’, was actually the last track that I recorded and it appears on the debut EP. I wrote it originally for Matt from YRS for his solo album but decided, in the end, to use it for myself. The next song I wrote was ‘I Know I Should’ve Stayed’. I was trying to capture a live band feel and a stripped back alt-country sound. Unfortunately, at that point (and for all the recordings) I didn’t have a band. This meant a lot of trial and error with the first few songs to find a band ‘sound’ but with me playing all of the instruments.
Did you ever feel like you were going to get to the point where you’d bring out your own material?
I kept working on my music quietly with no plans for it other than to start enjoying playing and writing. At the same time, I continued working with other artists such as The Evans Brothers, Cattle & Cane and Nicky Chapman. Over the course of a year, I racked up an album’s worth of material and at the end of one session with Mark Evans, I nervously showed him a couple of tracks. Thankfully, he loved them and said straight away that I should do something with them – and that is when I started looking at putting together three EP releases and finding a band. Joe Hammill from Cattle & Cane told me he was launching a solo EP at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton so I asked him if he needed a support and he put me on the bill, that then provided the impetus to get a band together and start rehearsing. Once all three EPs are out I will be looking to release the best tracks as an album on vinyl via a Pledge music campaign.
The first and second EPs are currently available on all digital platforms. The third EP will be released on Monday 29th October and pre-orders are available now on all digital platforms.