We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Calhoun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursue an artistic career because it’s all I really know. As soon as I was old enough to start making my own decisions on what to do with my free time apart from my parents, it was always music or something artistic. I started exploring creating music in 5th grade as well as making skateboard videos with my friends. We had limited equipment but we would find the craziest ways to dub music into our crappy skate videos of us bailing. They were awful and no one would ever pay to watch them but it fed our desire to be creative and paved the way for my future as an artist. Since those days, I’ve gone through some rough patches with regards to my self worth as an artist. When I was younger I created this idea in my head that I had to have a huge level of fame to be considered successful. Be rich enough to buy my mom a house and cars and all of that. While I still consider myself quite ambitious, I have a completely different approach now. I do want to continue to grow as an artist and be at a point where I am never having to work any other job that doesn’t connect to my art, but I am no longer tying my worth to whether or not I am having to have a side job. I think it is silly to get caught up in that and I wish that I could go back and stress the importance of this message to my younger self.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Right now I am in a transition phase with my art. I am currently going to Icon Collective doing the Music Production program. I have been producing music my entire life but there are some holes in my foundation that I want to fix and sort of educate myself from the ground up. I’ve only been in the program for a week so far but I already feel like it’s benefiting me a lot and I am excited to see my growth over the next year. Many students come into this school with little to know experience. Initially I was a little ashamed at the amount of experience I was coming in with. I let people tell me that I don’t need something like this. I am glad I did not listen to these individuals. I think a formal education with a support system behind me will do many amazing things for me and my music career and I am really excited to see this all play out.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If anyone was visiting me I’d make sure to take them to Leo’s taco truck in Mid City and get some of that Al Pastor. Taco Mell on Crenshaw for a 3 meat burrito. Chef Marilyn’s on Crenshaw for some Mac n Cheese, Greens and whatever else your soul desires. I could go on and on with food so I’ll just stop here before I get too carried away. I’d make sure we hit Party Beer Co in West Adams and Golden Road near Dodgers Stadium because I love beer and most of my friends do too. I’d take them to an LAFC match because there is no live sport event like that here in LA. I’d also make sure to take them to Emo Nite at the Echoplex, one of the most lit parties in LA. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people who deserve a shot out in helping my music career. My old band mates growing up in middle school and high school: Jason Scott, Andrew Bennett and Jarred De Armas helped lay the foundation for my love of music. All the shows, practices and recordings I did with those guys I will never forget. When I went to college I started another band No Insurance with one of my great friends Brandon Conteras and recruited other friends: James Jeffrey, Kabir Nigam, Max Wong, Adrian Choa all helped and played a big role. Through No Insurance I met many other great musicians at UCLA such as Arkae Tuazon, Julian Le and Katie Boeck. After college I eventually met Cassidy Howell, also known as Sahtyre. I originally started out as his DJ but now I play guitar for him. We’ve become really good friends and his love for music is contagious. Each one of these individuals has shaped who I am as a musician today and I will never forget their influence on me. Saving the best for last though, someone who has been a great mentor for me just for life in general but also music is my good friend Riccardo LeBron who goes by the stage name “Anakim”. He has encouraged me every step of the way to become who I am today and has given me amazing advice and support. I owe him so much and I hope to be able to be the sort of influence he has been to me to someone else one day.