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Oldham born soul singer Jordan Max has been turning plenty of ears his way ever since he first emerged with his 2016 debut EP, Only One Is King.
Jordan’s raw blend of striking vocals and dark, soul baring lyrics have won him a number of clued up admirers, with the artist called on to support 2017 break-through Jorja Smith as well as release more recent music via Danger Mouse’s The 30th Century label.
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
This question is interesting, it took me back to childhood and the one song that hit me then was Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.
What’s the first gig you went to?
I’m not sure what my first gig was, that’s many moons ago. The show that springs to mind is watching Craig David with my mum and sister. I’m sure the venue was Manchester Apollo.
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
My first love of instruments was the piano. I only got one at 17 when the dream to pursue music kicked in.
What is your worst musical habit?
I wouldn’t say I have a bad musical habit. But my biggest habit is that I enjoy making music – it’s part of my life now.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice given to me about what I do is from my uncle – he would say “always remember you are making something out of nothing, it’s remarkable because not everyone can do it”.
Where do you discover new music?
Most of the music I discover is from friends or family that also have that pure passion for music. Sometimes YouTube can take me on routes I’ve never seen before, and I’ve found some good gems that way.
What’s your favourite venue to play at?
I’ve not played at many venues so at this point I’m still yet to find out which one is my favourite.
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
In music there’s never been a favourite band or artist for me, my musical taste is pretty diverse. I appreciate good music in general.
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
The biggest inspirations come from living life itself, meeting new people and new experiences.
What track of yours best represents your sound?
I would say Hell because this was the first track made and the blueprint for my sound now…”Remember why we’re here”.
What’s next for you?
I have a second EP about to drop soon! Excited to bring people up to speed on what I’ve been working on. From there onwards I’ll be on stage getting it poppin’ for my people! More music, more shows, more love!
Sheeran’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment, which you can watch in full below, sees him and host James Corden stuff Maltesers in their mouths, sing One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and rework songs from Sheeran’s latest album, ÷.
U2 haven’t toured Australia since 2010, and with their current Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour still missing Aussie tour dates, local fans have launched a petition calling for the group to make their way down under.
A Change.org petition created by Sydney U2 fan Naomi Dinnen is gaining traction after Bono and company recently added new American and South American shows (but no Aussie shows!) to their current tour, which has already made its way through Europe and some of North America.
“U2 are touring the world to celebrate The Joshua Tree turning 30. Well most of the world,” Dinnen says. “They keep adding more dates but none for Australia and NZ so we’re calling on them to change that. Please come to Australia now U2!!”
Michael Coppel, Chairman of U2’s Australian promoter Live Nation, has told News Corp Australia that there are currently no local venues on hold for the band.
“I’ll be seeing them in a few weeks in the US, I’ll be interested to see what their mindset is,” Coppel said. “They’re still bedding the show down, but I think they’re more taken by it than they thought they would be. Anyone who wants to see them in Australia should agitate as hard as possible.”
U2’s The Joshua Tree anniversary tour has seen the band play the 1987 album in full, including songs like ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’, ‘With Or Without You’ and ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, as well as a bunch of their other hits.
U2 brought their 360° tour to Australia back in 2010, but their 2015 Innocence And Experience tour only hit Europe and North America. They released their latest album Songs Of Innocence in 2014, and recently released a 30th anniversary edition of The Joshua Tree.