Trill Shit I Really Mean That
Music is an art form. An art form of many shapes and sizes, an art form that takes on whatever colour it chooses whether it be black or white, orange or green, blue or purple. It is an art form that has feeling and meaning behind every note, every lyric and every beat. Some of us are lucky enough to be born with a musical talent. Now that may not necessarily be a talent with words or a voice, but a musical talent nonetheless. However, talent alone cannot guarantee success or stardom. A solid work ethic is necessary for everyone across all walks of life. Music helps us to inspire others to do right by others and right by themselves just as much as the music continues to inspire the artists who write and produce it. It was by mere chance that I bumped into a young man called Jordan aka JproD. I stumbled across his music one day and listened to it for a while. At first I didn’t take notice of the lyrics too much because I liked the beat and the rhythm that he had developed in the songs and I sat back and relaxed. I listened to them repeatedly for a number of hours and then I got curious.
Jordan was born in New Bedford in Massachusetts. However, it wasn’t long before his life was uprooted and he moved to Bristol in Connecticut as a result of his father being successful in acquiring a new job. Out with the old and in with the new, Jordan tried to create his own fun with his friends in the local neighbourhood. There wasn’t much to do in Bristol back then, that is, until Jordan found something he was good at and enjoyed. Music became his passion. As the years rolled by Jordan has grown up and is now working in the local news station while he tries to pay his bills. In his spare time he works hard on his music, writing and producing. It is something that he has been doing for the past six years or so now and his hard work is finally bearing fruit. Artist names are always something that are intriguing to music fans. Some names are simplistic in nature and just came up randomly and others have a more complex and deep feeling behind them. JproD is multifaceted. Firstly, it incorporates Jordan’s full name into it, Jordan Robert Dias. If you look closely you can also see the shortened form of professional in there, “pro”. Jordan’s take on his artist name is slightly deeper than what I have described thus far. Here is what he had to say about it;
“It is a cool ass way to spell Jeopardy, at least I think. Comes from a longer name that I came up with. Jord,in JproD (Jeopardy). When I started making music, success was my main goal, I felt like myself (Jordan) was in jeopardy of being lost forever. So Jordan Jeopardy. Jord,in Jeopardy. Just kind of came to me while driving and smoking one night. I never realized how much meaning my artist name really has until now.”
When it comes to the music industry some people start out as talented vocalists and then develop other skills as their career develops and they mature as people. They would develop their song writing for example or their ability to produce comes into the picture too. In some cases you might find that a songwriter turns into a vocalist too. This is the joy and the magic of music as an art form. In Jordan’s case, he started out as a writer and developed his vocal style along the way too. Part of his vocal development involved his free style skills. After all, what kind of rapper would anyone be if they couldn’t free style? The thought just makes me want to sit down in case I faint…Jordan’s free style skills have now developed to the point whereby he feels capable of spitting a rhyme at any time. Every artist has to go through this kind of development in order for their music, their song and their style to evolve. The fact that Jordan recognised the need to work hard at his free-styling skills shows a degree of maturity already. He recognised the hard work that he must put into his music in order to improve and make great music. For some people though, free-styling is how everything starts for them. Some of the best free-styling artists like Akala, Eminem and Jay-Z have had to work hard their entire careers and always look at improving. Like Jay-Z, Jordan likes to have a free-style element to his music and the majority of the songs on his upcoming projects have that element within them.
“A majority of the tracks on my upcoming projects are somewhat freestyled. A lot of the verses were recorded randomly out of the blue. I spent the whole year perfecting my freestyle skills. Now it is just a skill that I can exercise whenever. I could easily spit a verse at anytime if I felt like it. Kind of something you have to be able to do if you want to go anywhere near the word “rapper”, ya know. It would be like saying you are an NBA player but you can’t make a lay up.”
Before I spoke with Jordan about his upcoming projects and where he wanted to take his music, I listened to the songs “Trill shit, I really mean that” and “A million feelings” and I found myself relating to the material that he wrote. The production quality on the tracks is there for all to hear. Crisp, clean with a mellow sound meant that I could sit back, relax and forget about the world for a while. I immersed myself in the music. Music that helps you feel something is always the best kind of music in my book and for many people music is a way of escaping the world that they live in and help them continue to fight and improve their lives and the lives of others. Jordan writes about how he feels and it helps him to grasp what it happening to him and to help him develop a better understanding. Breaking into the music industry can be easy up to a point, but staying there and the longevity of a career within music is a different matter. There have been plenty of one hit wonders and bands who have made one great album and then bombed out with their second. For Jordan it isn’t a case of whether or not it’s too hard to make it in music, he just believes in hard work.
“Breaking into the industry is easy if you work hard enough. The formula looks simple on paper. Make good music, get it to the people, interact with fans, brand yourself. Labels won’t reach out to you until you reach the point where you do not even need a deal. If you build it from the ground up and stay consistent you can become your own music industry. Record labels work for the fans. They capitalize off of your likeness.”
Once the album has been released Jordan has plans for an Instagram account to be set up. He also has plans to develop a YouTube channel for his fans too. This way, he can engage with them on a regular basis and help keep the gap between fan and artist as small as possible. Jordan believes in staying true to himself and if he stays true to himself then he has no doubt that he will stay true to his fans. If he didn’t, then it may transpire that he doesn’t have any fans left to worry about!
You can keep up to date with new releases on JproD’s website;
If you want to interact with the man himself, then you can tweet to him on Twitter @IamJproD
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