Author: edjamesjordan

Living in Lockdown…STILL

Well, we are still here and it may seem for many that there is no light at the end of the tunnel…well, I say take a torch and light that bad boy up! As I said in my previous post, this doesn’t have to be a bleak time and should be a chance for everyone to learn something new and further your craft.

I found my self pondering this very thought earlier today and how lucky I have been over this period, so, I wanted to share what has actually been going on recently with me.

Quarantine Connection – Behind Closed Doors

Like a lot of my recent work, this started on Facebook. I saw a post from an MC in India who was looking for musicians and producers from all around the world to collaborate on an album. So, I very sheepishly dropped Femcee Frosty a message offering some live drums. She said yes and the next thing I know, I’ve been asked to recorded the drums…produce the drums…AND produce her vocals! Now, I will be honest, I’ve never really done this before but I was happy to take on the challenge and although I still have much to learn, I am happy with the part I played in the project.

It’s Still M.E – Kara Jane

Now this, I am very proud to have been a part of. In May, I saw a story on BBC news about a young lady called Kara who is bed-bound as she suffers from severe M.E. I was even more moved to read that she was pleading for help to finish her album…so back to Facebook we go. I offered to help and I am so so glad I did. I was asked to play on a song called “Silence is Cheaper” and when I received the demo, I was amazed at the emotion and just sheer passion from Kara’s vocals and got to work.

Now my part was over fairly quickly and so began the months of waiting to the point I forgot I did it! I had been chatting to Kara’s producer, Liam Hicks, and he sent me a finished version of the track and I couldn’t believe my ears! Never have I played on something that sounds so huge and epic…and to top it off, at the time of me writing this (10/08/2020), Kara’s album currently sits at Number 20 in the iTunes album chart and Number 2 in the Amazon Best Sellers Chart beating Taylor Swift!!!

This is the part where you can help. Kara’s mission is to raise £100,000 for The ME Association. This can be done by buying the album or donating directly to her Just Giving page (Click Here). I know it’s a tough time but please, dig deep and help this fantastic cause.

As always, I do love to hear for you guys so remember to hit me up on all my social media. Until next time x

Living in Lockdown

Lockdown has been hard, long, demoralizing, and a total blessing! “What?!” I hear you all scream. I shall explain…

As the lockdown was announced, I was scared and had no idea how I was going to keep food on the table, let alone carry on doing what I love but, after stopping and thinking, I adjusted my mindset to look at “What is possible”. I (luckily) had my recording set up ready to go just weeks before the lockdown so I threw my self at as many projects as I could. Hip-hop collaborations, Progressive metal collaborations, band covers, and the standard recording work I’ve been itching to do from home for so long. I was put into a position where I had to adapt to the current climate to ensure I would swim and not sink.

Teaching has moved online which I have really enjoyed. More than I thought I would and is something I want to continue with when everything goes back to normal…whatever the new normal will be.

Now, to the point. Lockdown has been a blessing in some ways. Mainly because it has made me expand, think, and enforce new ways of working and creating, for example, the “Licks in Lockdown” project I was very lucky to be a part of. This all started with a simple message to an old friend, Jamie Ford. We studied at ACM together and were even in a band together a long time ago. He put a post on Facebook saying he had an idea, I sent him a message and here we are. A collaboration of 17 musicians creating music and having fun in the process. So much work went into this and if you haven’t seen it, I really think you should. We are all insanely proud of it and want all of you to enjoy it.

So whats next? Honestly, I don’t know. As lockdown measures have started ease there is still no certainty as to when I will be able to play live again which is something that I am struggling with at the moment. I would happily settle for rehearsals, anything to see my bandmates, and just play together.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the lockdown and what you’ve achieved. I said from the get-go that this could easily be the chance for people to gain new skills whether it is music, investing, learning a language, painting, or even getting a qualification to help you start a new career path.

Continue to stay safe everyone and please feel free to drop me a line on any of my social media.

Mental Health, Music and Me

Well first of all, hello! Its been a very long time since I have posted anything on my site, and for that, I am sorry. I have had a manic year which I will go into at a later date. I have been doing some planning on what kind of content I want to be posting. I have decided I want to treat my front page as a blog filled with my experiences and opinions and want to start with Mental Health and how it’s presence in the music industry is often overlooked. For some of you, this will hopefully open your eyes or, give you some support that you’re not alone!

This particular post isn’t an easy one to write and a lot of thought has gone into it because this isn’t an opinion but my own experience.

Most of you won’t know but I suffer from General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which will see me overthink the smallest of situations and often jump to the worst-case scenario. For example, if I get a phone call out of the blue from a friend, I will instantly assume something bad has happened to them or someone close to me. Without giving to many hypotheticals, it’s hell! So how has this affected me professionally? I used to find my self doubting my abilities, my employability and my longevity doing what I do.

So when did this first start? Well, I believe this started in 2017 maybe 2018 when I lost a gig due to inexperience, naivety and me just not taking it seriously enough. At the time, it was my dream job and loved every second of it. I remember receiving the phone call being told I was no longer required and a feeling of overwhelming sadness struck me and stunned me into pure silence. I couldn’t move or think. Fast forward a few months, I was packing down from another gig in a regular band and one of my bandmates commented on the fact I was no longer working with this particular band. I acknowledged it and shook it off, as you would. I was then met with the most damning comment I have possibly ever received…”Dude, you’re on the way down”. Ouch!

Suddenly, overwhelming thoughts of Am I good enough? Am I good at what I do? Do I deserve to be where I am?

This lasted for almost a year and I began to develop a very poisonous relationship with music and the industry as a whole. I started looking at every gig, no matter how important or well paid or vital to my career as a hindrance. I didn’t want to be there, I didn’t care. The final straw came when one of my closest friends, and favorite musicians to work with, had a songwriting session and we opened up about certain things in order to craft a deep, meaningful piece of music…the song never got finished but this conversation with him was the start of me taking charge of my mental health.

The next few months saw me start therapy and develop important habits that have helped me repair my self and still help to this day. Thought diaries, meditation and most importantly, reflection. All of this I was taught during my time in therapy. I was able to identify problems and think about how I would overcome them and get my head in order.

Now, here we are in 2020 and I am infinitely better than I have ever been mentally. The road is long and I still have some work to do. Do I have bad days? Yeah, I really do sometimes. Can I pull my self out of a spiral? You better believe I can!

Now my story is not a severe case and certainly not as serious as some others I have heard. The industry we all love can be an amazing community of love and support and there is always something you can do to help your self and others. If you do suffer with your mental health, do not be ashamed of yourself! People suffer from organ failure every day…the brain is an organ that needs looking after too and sometimes it needs an extra bit of help. No matter how old or how young you are, mental health is always relevant and you should never be scared to talk to someone about it, no matter who. As long as you feel comfortable talking to that person and they are happy to listen, then open up and try to write a song…you may do better than me and finish the damn thing!

I can proudly say I am now in a good place thanks to Friends, Family, and people I work with. I love every aspect of what I do and everyone that is involved in my life in and outside of music.

I would like to state now, writing this does not make me brave. I am writing this to help people. Maybe something you’ve read has struck something within you or maybe sounds like someone you know. If it does, have a look at the links below at what you can do to help yourself or someone else. Remember, if you feel you or someone you know are at immediate risk, you can call the samaritans 24 hours a day on 116 123.

I would love to hear your feedback about my post. Whether it is you sharing with others or just dropping me a line to say “Hey!”. You can find me on Twitter at @edjdrums or Facebook, don’t be shy!

Til next time x

Useful Links:

https://www.sja.org.uk/courses/workplace-mental-health-first-aid/?gclid=CjwKCAiA-vLyBRBWEiwAzOkGVKIKV58WnzAbR6w3PkUSVAObIGe-sQv60yVusNe048ppA2SGaDl9dxoCu2EQAvD_BwE

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/?gclid=CjwKCAiA-vLyBRBWEiwAzOkGVDGRRtln8utcz9PZ_h11P91HGWmuXUS2R9p6_ZMD8Ma8SEVCxt9c-RoCpO0QAvD_BwE

New Year!!!

Happy New Year!

Now we have got that out the way, I can jump straight in. Firstly, I would like to talk about my teaching services and I am pleased to announce that 2 of my students went in for their exams and, as all my students seems to do, aced it! My Grade 1 student managed to get a Distinction and my Grade 4 student got a Merit and was only a few marks shy of a Distinction himself! Needless to say, these 2 young men have really gone all out and it has really paid off!

If any of you reading this are thinking of taking up lessons, sign up today by clicking here.

As always, the performing side of what I do is getting busier and busier as the first month of the year flies by and I am getting ready to start working with Hugo Valentine. I first met Hugo about a year ago and fate has brought us back together and I am really excited to be apart of his live outfit. Do keep an eye out for some upcoming dates so you can come and have a look for your self!

Last year, was an amazing year for me on all levels of what I do as a musician. It of course had highs and lows but I wouldn’t change a single moment of it. One of the biggest highlights came towards the end of the year as I played on my first Pantomime! Naturally, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was meant with the friendliest cast, the most incredible tech crew and an incredible band which made my December nothing but fun! The company, Starburst, are a charity who help special needs children by funding specialist equipment for them. This is a beautiful charity full of beautiful people who do everything they can to help others and they certainly deserve all the support they can get. I highly suggest you have a look at the amazing work you do for yourself!

The last show with the boys!

Please do keep coming back as there is a lot of exciting stuff coming up with new artists and ones I’ve been working with for a while!

I have made a promise to my self that I will post more often so I can keep everyone up to date with what is going on and as always, your feedback and questions are welcomed.

Until next time!

Rebecca Riedtmann

Over the past few months, I have been working in the studio and live with the incredibly talented Rebecca Riedtmann.

I have played quite a few shows with Rebecca now and really found my place in her sound, so much so that I feature on her new album, “Not All Who Wonder Have Lost Their Way”. It’s an exciting a refreshing mix of Country, Americana and Swampy Blues.

I was lucky enough to play on the tracks “Closer” (Click here for the live version) and “Where The Darkness Lies”. Both tracks are very different and proved to be a challenge to get the part right for the song.

I am also really happy to announce I will be playing for Rebecca at her album pre-launch on the 16th August at 229 in London. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for when the tickets go on sale!

February 2018 – Update

Well the start to my year has been beyond manic! Lots of new students and even more old faces. My teaching work has been a massive focus over the past few months which has seen me head up the Band Academy at The Rock and Pop Foundation. Day 1 comes, and none of these kids have EVER performed in a band…by Day 4 (The Performance Day), all of them got up there and totally rocked it! As a tutor, I do get these moments of pure pride and this really was one of them!

I have also been travailing all over the country with Noble Jacks as part of their very busy touring schedule. Recently, we have been supporting The Eskies, who I strongly recommend you go and check out! Although it was a short tour with them, there were an awful lot of laughs and I felt very lucky to be a part of it.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Due to conflicting schedules and various other reasons, my time with Noble Jacks is at its end. I am of course massively upset that we have to take this action but it is all for the greater good for both parties. I wish the boys the best of luck on their upcoming tour and wish the the best of luck with all their future endeavours.

Do stay tuned everyone as I do have a few tricks up my sleeve.

Til then xx

November is coming!

November is fast approaching and there is a lot going on!

After weeks of being sat on my hands wanting to say that I will be joining Noble Jacks on tour hasn’t been easy, but now I can say I WILL BE JOING NOBLE JACKS ON TOUR THIS NOVEMBER! After attending an audition for them a few weeks ago, and finding out they wanna use me for the 2nd half of the tour, I have been buzzing with excitement! Please do go and check out my tour dates and buy your self some tickets and come and say hi!

Also, at the beginning of November, I will be performing with The Go Go Five at Jagz! Tickets are on sale now and you should definitely come and have a laugh and enjoy some great food and music!

 

CLICK HERE FOR TOUR DATES

What a summer its been…

Hello everyone and what a summer it has been!

I have had to deal with many challenges over the past few months, ones I would have never of seen as a challenge. Turns out, doing weddings every weekend and then working on original material in the week as well as trying to stream as often as i can is not as easy as it may seem! But, boy have I had a blast!

One of my biggest highlights was headlining the Showcase stage (Sponsored by Radweb) with Ben Pryer. It was a truly amazing experience from the second we arrived on site!

 

 

 

 

 

I am also able to annonce some upcomming dates with two of my bands. First off, on the 3rd September, The Go Go Five and I shall be performing at the Jazz Day at the Brickmakers (Click here for info).

 

And now for a debut. Those of you who follow my social media will know there is a band I’ve been putting together for the best part of a year now and well…they are ready to get out there and bring the place down. The Fever will be performing at the Hogs Back Hop Party on the 23rd September (Click here for info) and tickets are available now!

April & May Updates

Hello again everyone,

Sorry it has been a while but there has been a lot I wanted to talk about but I haven’t been aloud to disclose much…until now.

So the big thing that will be obvious to you guys if you follow me on twitter (if not click here) is that I am now working with the immensely talented Ben Pryer. Ben used to be apart of the Top 40 UK boy band M.A.D and is now on a solo venture to bring back the classic sounds of 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll with a modern twist. I will be featuring on his debut album playing on 2 of the songs, “Ball & Chain” and “The Change”. The album is out in a few months and I will keep you all posted with that along with some live dates. 

In other happenings, The Thatchers and I have started our very very busy summer season of weddings and corporate events which is always fun. The season started with a 3 gig weekend including 2 dates at Battersea Power Station which was, quite frankly, surreal! It was quite a bizarre few days but was a lot of fun!

 

 

And before I go, please don’t forget to follow me on all my social media and to keep an eye on my live dates as there will be a lot of new ones being released soon!

 

Til next time xx

March Update

Why hello everyone! It’s been a while!

So lets jump straight in, as there is a lot going on that I would love to share with all of you.

Firstly, I was lucky enough to apear on a studio album recently playing some percussion. Smileys Friends – Eclectic. The beauty of this album is the amount of guest singers and boy, there are some nice names on there such as: Kerry Schultz, Owen Paul, John James Newman and Chesney Hawkes just to name a few. It really is worth a listen so please do go and get your self a copy! (Click Here) 

 

Next up: The Thatchers! That’s right, we are back in rehearsals getting ready for a very busy summer season of weddings, party’s and various other functions and we are all very very excited to get back out there and make some people dance. We are hoping to get some pub or club gigs so you can come down and see us do our thing and come have a chat of course!

 

 

And finally, Chuck Chandler & The Go Go 5 are also back in action! After a few months of…well…not much, we were invited to perform a Rock ‘n’ Roll style jam consisting of a few songs. This has made us all want to get out there more and just play to all you lovely people and I am so happy to announce we have our first confirmed date! I can now also confirm that I am now an official member along side Ivan ‘Chuck’ Chandler and Jonathan McDonald, who are 2 of my favourite people to perform with.

Anyway, that is all for now. Please do watch this space and I will do my best to update you all as often as I can,

 

EJJ xxx