Spencer Jordan is a pop singer/songwriter from Jupiter, Florida. 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.
You began playing the guitar at age twelve. If you had gone the sports route instead of playing an instrument, what sport would you have chosen and why?
I actually had a brief stint in middle and high school where I got really into tennis! I took lessons and everything. Music and school took up most of my time, so I didn’t really follow through with it, but I still pick up my racquet from time to time and hit the ball around. I’ll more likely be caught playing ping-pong though ha.
Some professional football teams are looking to begin their season with fans in the stands. If they are successful, how do you think it will impact the music industry moving forward during the continuing pandemic?
I think for the music industry to continue sustainably, we are going to have to transition back into live shows sometime soon (safely, of course). That being said, I definitely see music industry professionals taking maybe a little more caution right now than some other large, crowd based industries…
As much as I want concerts back, I’m not exactly holding my breath at the moment.
At first songwriting was a hobby for you. What changed for you to see it as a career?
Honestly, it was my dad. He’s always supported my music career, even when I thought I was going to try and go to law school. For so long in college he would hit me with facts about songwriters and basically hammer it into my head that it was a worthwhile profession and I should give it a go. Honestly, if it weren’t for my dad pushing me, I don’t think I would’ve made it here.
What is a topic you have never written about but hope to?
What a great question. There is actually a topic I have avoided like the plague in my writing up to this point: songs about the state of the world (like, broad “waiting on the world to change” type songs).
I’m naturally kind of cynical and sarcastic, so the idea of me being able to sit down and write an earnest song about, like, how we should all love each other, has always seemed daunting and almost antithetical to my character. I’m so so afraid of being cheesy, which comes off in a lot of my songs actually. Almost every song I write has some level of sarcasm or a tongue-in-cheek aspect, especially lately.
I really hope I can get to a point in my writing where I really feel like I have something to say that is 100% in my voice, but that can also be applicable to something larger, but right now I’m too busy trying to be an edgy sad boy haha.
You’ve said your writing focuses on everyday struggles. 2020 has probably given you an overload to think/write about. Besides the obvious issues, what do you see as underlying concerns for independent artists in the music industry that still need to be addressed?
I think it’s difficult for a lot of us independent artists because a big way for us to gain a natural following was the live show. The rules for streaming algorithms change seemingly everyday, and even if you do figure it out, you’re still making no money! And now we have to navigate things like TikTok to be even slightly relevant…it’s just kind of overwhelming sometimes. But it’s also the job, you know? We kinda signed up for this (not the pandemic, no one signed up for that).
What I’m saying is, my main stressor as an independent artist is that the road map to being a successful artist has basically been torn to shreds, and now we kinda have to figure out a new way to get things done, which is honestly as exhausting as it can be rewarding.
Your bio states “Professional Attention-whore”. With the release of your latest single you’ve been very creatively asking fans to pre-save your song. How else can fans help support an artist’s new release?
Obviously if you’re a fan I would LOVE it if you listened to my songs. And if you like them, share them with people who you think would like them.
Also, following an artist on Spotify & Apple music helps a TON. And hey instagram too! That’s the first place I post when I’ve got something cool going on or a new song in the works.
“Friends Don’t Do That”. Can you describe the songwriting session?
Actually, I wrote this song alone over the course of 3 months! It’s a very important song to me, and it took me a long time to really solidify what I wanted it to be. It was vital that the song was just my voice and my words on this one, because the experience was one I kinda needed to work through on my own.
What message do you hope fans take away from the new single?
Personally, I have a hard time letting people out of my life. I want to always find a way to still be friends, and while that comes from a good place, ultimately it can leave me in situations without actual closure and confusion on where we actually stand in relation to one another.
That being said, if there’s a lesson here, it’s to learn when to finally say enough is enough, and walk away from a person or situation that is causing you more pain than joy.
You said that you’re working on your 2nd EP but there may be a few surprises along the way. Any hints as to what those might be?
Well, the first actually isn’t even finished yet! The actual full EP, with new art and everything, is coming out in about a month and a half! There’s going to be a demo-quality acoustic song that I really love as a treat to close it all out, and then potentially some acoustic versions of already released songs on their own separate EP. All this BEFORE 2021.
Many artists go to local venues to find people to co-write with. With most venues closed during the pandemic, how have you been able to reach out to others to work on new music?
I actually have a friend who works on behalf of a lot of up & coming artists/writers in town who connects us through emails, zoom hangouts, or covid-consious coffee meetings. She is truly a godsend and one of the hardest working people in Nashville, and also just truly a fan and believer in what we do.
Besides music, how have you been spending the quarantine time?
I exercise a lot. It’s my main stress reliever honestly. I’ve also reconnected with my inner child and have basically binge watched every well-regarded animated show I can get my hands on.
How’s the new place shaping up?
SO well. While it’s still a work in progress, it’s come a long way and it really feels like home. I love having a backyard. I spent way too long setting up hanging lights back there…like, WAY too long…
Anyways, I can’t wait till we can actually safely have people over to show off the new place!