June 10, 2010
Sass Jordan Interview
This week we stray from the indie scene a bit and bring you an interview with an industry veteran. Sass Jordan has been a singer/songwriter for nearly 30 years, has worked with some of the most iconic rock bands (think Aerosmith and Van Halen), and has won a Juno award. Welcome to the Stage, Sass.
1. You’ve just released From Dusk ‘Til Dawn. How would you describe the musical direction you’re moving in with these new songs?
I would describe it as a dip into the past with a pinch of the present, and the trajectory of the future.
2. You’ve said the new record is a bit of a throwback to a sound that was coming out of southern California in the late seventies. What is it in that sound that pop music needs to reconnect with?
There was a certain innocence that is almost inaccessible in these times, a pureness of intent that wasn’t jaded by the fear and insanity that is rampant in these times, due, I think, in large part to the instant availability of ‘news’ and ‘opinion’, 24/7.
3. You’ve performed along side some of the biggest names in the business. How have those experiences shaped you as a singer/songwriter?
All performances I’ve ever done have had an impact on how I perform now – big names are interesting, because sometimes they are acts that I might have ‘idolized’ in some ways. Musically, my influences are so eclectic and diverse it would take a book to list them!
4. You had a duet with Joe Cocker on The Bodyguard soundtrack. What was it like working with some as legendary as that?
He wasn’t [in the studio] when I did my track, but I toured with him afterwards for a couple of months. Joe Cocker is one of the greats, as far as I am concerned. He is a consummate singer – I don’t think I was aware of just how incredibly important phrasing is until I really listened to him. He is brilliant.
5. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Hmm, like I said before, that could fill a book – and I hesitate to cite anyone, because that leaves out all the others. But, in the interests of this interview, let’s say, amongst MANY others… The Band, Dr. John, Bad Company, Little Feat, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, 10CC, The Rolling Stones, Curtis Mayfield, Rufus w/ Chaka Kahn, Taj Mahal, Derek and the Dominoes, J.J. Cale, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Nick Drake, Rod Stewart + The Faces, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Bros, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin…and so, so many more!
6. We’ve seen you featured on television, in film, and on the stage. As a musician, do you have a favorite type of gig?
Yes – one with an audience!!! HA HA HA!! That’s all I really care about!
7. How has all of your acting experience influenced your music? Has it opened any doors for you or expanded your audience?
The only expansion acting has afforded my musical career is I now have some fans that are actors LOL! I don’t think acting has influenced my music.
8. Over the course of your career, you’ve been a part of the music scenes in Los Angeles, New York, and Montreal. Do any of those stand out above the others in terms of how they inspired collaboration and creativity.
They all have specific experiences attached to them. The great thing about LA for me is the overall availability of everyone – at some point or another, every musician comes through LA, if they don’t live there already.
9. What can we expect next from you?
A blues rock type record!
10. Where should people go for more information about where to see you play live?
My Facebook, Twitter (@sassjordan) and Website all have that info!!
Whew, what a career so far! We’re lovin the new album, and can’t wait for that blues/rock album Sass mentioned. Thanks for chatting with us Sass!
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