Pop singer/songwriters Spencer Jordan and Natalia Mount just released their new single “For the Sake of Summer”. With fun-loving lyrics like “I just want you to hold me, like you held your liquor down at sixteen, just put me on your body like I’m sunscreen”, Jordan and Mount lend sunny vibes and vocals to illicit the rush of a summer fling. The song is sure to be an upbeat pop anthem for the season-as Jordan shares, “sometimes you just need something fun to sing along to with the windows down”.
Last December you wrote that you were “looking forward to all the new things 2020 will bring”. In the face of all the challenges this year has brought, which of those new things have you still been able to accomplish?
Natalia: Well obviously the single release!! Also, I’m getting married later this September and we have gotten basically all the planning done so that’s definitely a huge accomplishment.
In April you wrote a song for a couple whose wedding plans were affected by the pandemic: How have you personally been doing during the quarantine?
Spencer: It’s been such a strange time. I’ve gone between really loving the down time, to being immensely stressed and anxious about not getting enough done. I’ve written less music, but the music I’ve written I personally believe has more to it.
I’ve been able to really lay out my release plans for the future, but at the same time, the future keeps changing. In short, I am doing quite well, and also quite awful, often at the same time, and I somehow think that’s totally normal!
You wrote “City” about Nashville and its impact on you as an artist. What drew you to move to the city from Virginia Beach?
Natalia: I always dreamed of moving to Nashville because when you’re a musician that’s kinda what you do! When my dad and I visited in 2015 for the first time I fell in love instantly that sealed the deal for me.
Your new single follows “Bad People” which has more than 100,000 streams. Besides local neighborhood performances, how have you been able to promote your music without live shows?
Spencer: Those neighborhood shows have been so much fun! Other than that, most of my promoting really is through instagram right now. I haven’t really gotten a handle on Tik Tok yet, and honestly, judging by the way things are going, I may not have too…
Love that “For the Sake of The Summer” is a duet! What inspired the co-write?
Natalia: We had no idea what we were going to write when we sat down to write the song. Not even that it was going to be a duet! It just all happened.
How did you and Natalia come up with the idea for the ‘summer only — don’t tell your mother’ couple song?
Spencer: Conceptually, I think we were both a little desperate for something light & bright. It was late February in Nashville, and we were coming out of a pretty dark and cold winter. So we immediately latched onto how much we wished it was summer already, and rolled with it from there.
At first it definitely wasn’t a duet. We were thinking more along the lines of a pop-punk Demi Lovato type song. But as we were writing it and singing it through, it just kept sounding more and more like there were 2 voices. We played around with the idea of releasing it as a duet, but finally made the move when we realized we both had room in our release schedules for a fun summer one-off.
Love the opening of the song and how your voices blend so well. Did you two do the song production yourselves?
Spencer: Gosh no! Neither myself nor Natalia are producers. I’m currently learning on my own, but it will be a long time until I can make something of that quality. Until then, I know some really incredible producers who i love working with and really understand my vision for a song.
I definitely came in with ideas on how I wanted the song to sound, the concept for the intro especially being my idea. Andrew, our producer, definitely got to have his say on some things, but ultimately he did a phenomenal job on making our vision for the song a reality.
Did you need to work remotely with your producer Andrew Gomez?
Natalia: We went into his studio and recorded it all in person but emailed back and forth to make changes.
What makes the new single an anthem for the season?
Spencer: I think this song really leans into the fun, campy, bubble-gum pop aspect that is perfect for a windows down, sing out loud experience. We even chose sounds that evoke a feeling of summer for us (ie. car blinker, radio dial, door slamming) to have as percussion, or just ear candy throughout the song.
There’s also something about a summer fling that just seems timeless and universal. Maybe it’s cliche, but I like to think it for good reason.
How did you manage to get such fun promotional photos in the middle of quarantine?
Natalia: We went over to friends house instead of going to a public place for the photos (practicing social distancing and stuff). Spencer had the vision of the mini pool and I was hesitant but so glad we gave it a shot.
What new music are you currently working on?
Spencer: I’m currently working on finishing up this project, with one more single VERY soon and maybe a few surprises along the way…
After that, I’m currently working on my 2nd Ep, with 2 of 5 songs almost finished! It’s a lot of work, but right now I have a lot time.
“Balance is key ..” Last summer you were working on your music and yourself. How are making sure to keep the balance during the pandemic?
Natalia: My fiancé and I are trying to make sure we stick to our normal schedules and activities so we are not thrown off too much. We go to the gym, cook, and safely see our friends as much as we can.
“Grass eating season”. Besides those summer chores, how have you taken advantage of this down time?
Spencer: Lately down time stresses me out. It means I could be doing something to get me towards my next goal. BUT when I’m not thinking toxic thoughts like that, I’m throwing myself into home improvement! I just moved into a new house that I absolutely love, and I’m dead-set on making it cool as heck. It’s got a huge porch and backyard, so you can bet I decked it all out with lights and am looking for lawn furniture to make it look dope. And I’m officially a lawn mower guy now. I’ve never had my own place with a lot of space while in Nashville, so I’m looking forward to this being the location for many a gathering once this is all over (God willing).
Clearly you enjoy traveling, like when you last year to Spain. This summer, with travel restrictions, which places around Nashville have you been able to explore with your dog?
Natalia: We’ve just walked around the neighborhood! Nothing too cool this year. The dogs have definitely loved getting triple the attention and walks for sure.
Planning a wedding under normal circumstances is quite hectic. How have you been able to work around the quarantine to get everything ready?
Natalia: We luckily have a wedding planner that has helped us so much along the way! She reminds us when we have virtual meetings coming up etc. Not to mention, our family helps us stay positive because it hasn’t been the easiest time planning a wedding in a global pandemic.
About Spencer Jordan:
Spencer Jordan is a pop singer/songwriter from Jupiter, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2016, he began his songwriting and artist career in Nashville, Tennessee. His music is a mixture of the music he listened to growing up in his small beach town and the prevailing sounds found in today’s pop, and his writing focuses on the everyday struggles and victories that come with life, love, and growing up.
About Natalia Mount:
Natalia Mount is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Virginia Beach, VA, who moved to Nashville in 2015 to start her artist career. From 2015 to 2018, she made a living playing in famous bars all across Nashville like Tootsies Orchid Lounge. Her vocal influences come from pop culture artists like Tori Kelly and Demi Lovato. Her first single, “Staying In,” was released spring 2019, and, later that year, she released a full length EP called “City.” She writes songs about her struggles in moving to a big city, heartbreak in relationships, and finding new love.