Dutch producer releases first record of 2019 and talks about his plans for the future
Julian Jordan belongs to the new generation of electronic music producers who are creating a storm within the industry. Like Alan Walker, Martin Garrix and Lost Frequencies Julian Jordan developed a love and passion for electronic music at a young age that has developed into an incredible career to date.
One EDM caught up with the Dutch producer to chat about style, new music and his Play On concept.
Previously, Julian has spoken about not wanting to be confined by a particular genre of music or sound style. Throughout his career he has produced music that is both inventive and unique. His holistic approach to seeking inspiration is worthy of mention.
“Every time I make music my inspiration is different. What helps me the most is getting out and living life, travelling and experiencing the world. I love to work with inspiring people, go to festivals and meet new people. It’s important that you don’t work all the time though. You need to clear your head because that makes room for new ideas”.
In recent years, Julian has collaborated with some notable artists including Timmy Trumpet and fellow Dutch producer Martin Garrix.
Martin and Julian developed a solid friendship during their early days when both attended the Herman Brood Academy. Since then, that friendship has blossomed into an interesting working relationship. Julian Jordan has produced numerous tracks with Martin Garrix, most recently their collaboration ‘Glitch’ which was released in late 2018.
“My focus for 2019 is to work with people that I look up to but also people that are really talented. I think I’m doing it already. I’m working with a few people now that I’m really happy with”.
Julian Jordan has championed many emerging artists across multiple genres through his own imprint
“The label is doing well, and the releases are getting a lot of streams. I started the label so that I could give a platform to other aspiring artists and consequently, I’ve forgot about my own tracks a little. This year, I’ve planned to focus on my own music and give it lots of attention. I’ve started working with Martin’s label STMPD RCRDS and the team there are really great. They understand my vision and what I want to do with my music”.
First release of 2019 on STMPD RCRDS
Julian Jordan’s first solo release of 2019 on STMPD RCRDS came earlier this month. ‘Need You’ tells of the need for love and relationships. The track has a catchy structure through the verses with a strong, commanding bass that builds to a drop sequence that brings all the energy in the chorus. In addition, the track features an accomplished vocal performance from SMBDY.
Music and style combined
Julian Jordan is also known for his stylish appearance. Expanding beyond the realm of music Julian Jordan released a capsule clothing collection with Dutch brand Chasin in 2017 to widespread acclaim.
“I’ve always been interested in fashion and lifestyle and I think for me, it’s really important to include that in my music and stage performances. When I make a track I’m already thinking about the style of the video and both are intertwined. When I think about giving a show, I want it to look stylish as well as have great music.”
Having previously spoken about wanting to introduce a new event concept entitled ‘play on’ to the electronic music industry, he tells us what the idea really means to him.
“Play on symbolises two things. Firstly, it’s my artist logo for Julian Jordan and it also encourages people to move forward in life despite all the negativity that surrounds us. Additionally, it’s connected to an idea I have about making live electronic music more accessible to young people. I started making music when I was 15 and I never got to experience going out and going to festivals because I was too young. I made the music, but I wasn’t old enough to enjoy. When I was playing my first club shows I was the youngest person in the club. It was really crazy. I want the music that kids are listening to on Spotify or on the radio to be accessible to them and that they can enjoy the live experience. Today, a young person can go and see their favourite rapper or favourite band but they can’t go and see their favourite DJ. I’m not saying that every festival and club should be all ages but there should be more options”.
Looking ahead to 2019
Julian Jordan has traversed the globe sharing his unique sound with slews of electronic music fans. He can include a residency at Omnia in Las Vegas, an Ultra Miami performance and his own ADE club night in a growing list of achievements. The Dutch producer looks set to kick off an even bigger 2019 with a much anticipated return to the legendary Ministry of Sound club in London on Saturday 22nd February. Purchase tickets here.