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Interview with music producer Jordan Comolli

Nineteen year old British trap producer, Jordan Comolli, has shaken the underground electronic dance scene with over an estimated 20 million views on YouTube, 7 million plays on SoundCloud, and over 5 million plays on Spotify. Comolli has been featured and released several tracks on renowned YouTube curation channel, Trap Nation. Jordan’s largest song, Quake, has reached an estimated 5,000,000 views on YouTube alone and over 3,000,000 on Spotify.

With such a strong digital presence Comolli has successfully transformed his online fans to physical ticket sales.

We caught up with this hot producer/DJ to chat about his outlook on his music and where he would like to see himself in the future…

Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
Good thank you! Currently in my room studio working on some crazy new singles. Been touring the past 2 months so it’s nice to sit down and whack out some dope ideas.

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
I’m very diverse, I range from slow, dark trap music at around 100-120bpm. Then some of my songs are 140-160 future bass or even hybrid trap. What I make depends on my mood, that’s the cool thing about my music is that every song describes what state of mind and mood I was in at the time of making the song.

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
1. graves – Hilo
2. Eli Sostre – Up All Night
3. Skrillex – Bangarang
4. Herobust – I’m Aloud
5. Drake – More Life

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Graves, Eli Sostre, Amir Obe, Herobust. All artists are blowing up for pure creativity and hard work which is only admirable unless you’re a hater.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
I wouldn’t say so, it’s all down to the mixing, effects used, etc. But if you’d like to know all I use is a MacBook Pro, FL Studio 11 & 12, KRK Rokit 5 G3’s & a M-Audio midi keyboard. The most important piece of equipment you really need is a creative mind.

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Finding a home for songs – labels are very selfish and care about one thing, making money. If they think the song won’t make them money they won’t give you the time of day. Having your ‘breakthrough’ is also very challenging. I honestly believe that nowadays it’s a lot to do with who you know. To me it feels like 60% talent 40% who you know. Then again some people blow up from pure talent and not knowing anyone. Which is rare, but very dope to see when it happens. Another thing I’d say artist’s face, is other artists. This whole industry is competitive, every producer has the same goal and same dreams. One thing I’ve learnt is it’s about having your own sound but at the same time staying relevant within the era and genre you’re striving to be successful in. You can have your own sound but if you making stuff that was poppin’ 3-4 years ago, no one wants to hear it and that’s the harsh reality.

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration? 
Browsing around on SoundCloud usually helps me, or sometimes I just subconsciously have a solid idea and know what I want to make.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?  
I start with drums, most producers start with melodies but for me the drums set the flow and bounce of the song. Which I feel is just as important as the melodies if not more.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Spacejam festival in Bangkok, Thailand. By far the biggest show I’ve played. The festival had over 20,000 people and I played alongside JAUZ, Slushii, Headhunterz and more. Got to meet them all and their team. I also think the production costs came to around over $3,000,000 which was unreal. The whole vibe of the event plus my first time being in Asia, tops it off as the best show I’ve played.

And the worst?
Probably my show with Bear Grillz in Boise, Idaho. I was unbelievably sick with a throbbing headache, sore throat, stuffed nose and the sound cut out mid set

If you weren’t a musician what would you be? 
I honestly couldn’t tell you. It most likely wouldn’t be good. Music saved me, I was in a very dark & depressing place as a 15 year old and didn’t have anything going for me. Age 16 I started music and it’s moulded me into such a better person.

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland and Coachella hahaha. I’m sure every producer would say the same but there you go.

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Definitely Skrillex, idolised him for years as person, musician, businessman and DJ.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I actually have a song out this Friday called ‘The Origin’ alongside another release next month called ‘Clash’ featuring Lil Traffic. On top of that I’m working on and EP. I may also be announcing another US & Asia tour this year alongside some small shows over Europe.

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