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Songwriter's Monthly Feb. '11, #133 - Tom Jordan

Songwriter's Monthly Feb. '11, #133 - Tom Jordan

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Australian teen, Tom Jordan, is currently working on his second album. His writing is heavily influenced by John Mayer. In this interview, Tom talks about the subject matter that inspires his songs, what he's learned from co-writing and where his knack for writing such incredible melodies comes from.
Australian teen, Tom Jordan, is currently working on his second album. His writing is heavily influenced by John Mayer. In this interview, Tom talks about the subject matter that inspires his songs, what he's learned from co-writing and where his knack for writing such incredible melodies comes from.

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Tom Jordan is ayoung Australianwith a naturalinstinct for writinggentle melodies thatrise and travel withthe captivating graceof a deep-oceanswell. His first songwas written when hewas just 11 years oldand it was aboutbeing out shoppingwith his “Mum” andnot wanting to bethere. He called it “Back Home.” Thesong won himawards for originalcomposition in theMusic and Arts TalentSearch Teen Writerscompetition.Through the years,Jordan’s musicaltastes and influenceshave evolved fromThe Wiggles and Hi-5to AC/DC andbeyond. In 2010,Tom released a self-titled debut that washeavily influenced byJohn Mayer andJason Mraz.Tom is currentlyworking on his second album whilefinishing his senior year of high school.Songwriter’s Monthly was treated to asneak listen to two of Jordan’s mostrecent original tracks: “Say Say Ok” and “The Greatest Thing.” Both tracksdisplay the same comforting qualitiesthat you would discover in your bestfriends. The songs are warm,compassionate, good-natured andfriendly; you just feel better when youare around them.
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Despite his hectic schedule, Tom wasgracious enough to answer a fewquestions about his music, influencesand songwriting.
Songwriter’s Monthly:
What path ledyou from AC/DC to John Mayer?
Tom Jordan:
Well, AC/DC was a bandthat my dad showed me when I wasaround 8 or 9 years old and I fell inlove with them. Then I discovered theinternet and started listening to heapsof other music and eventuallydiscovered John Mayer. I later foundone of his CD’s in our music collectionand from then on he has been a hugeinspiration of mine.
SM:
More than John Mayer, I hear,maybe, Jason Castro in your newsongs. Have you ever listen to hismusic?
TJ:
To be honest, I have never listenedto Jason Castro until just now. I lookedhim up and . . . Wow! He’s great!
SM:
Who would you consider yourstrongest influences when it comes towriting?
TJ:
I draw influence in my writing fromso many different artists. In particular,artists like John Mayer and David RyanHarris (John Mayer’s touring guitarist),whom I was lucky enough to write withafew years ago. I also get a lot of influence from Joe Brooks, Bruno Mars,Guy Sebastian and certain othersongwriters I have worked with in thepast.
SM:
What have you learned throughco-writing? Was there any momentwhere you went, “Wow, I never wouldhave thought to do that!” 
TJ:
Co-writing has taught meeverything I know, there have been somany times where I’ve learned newchords or taken melodies to places Inever would have thought of going. Ifind that the more I co-write, the betterI become at writing songs by myself,too.
SM:
You have an incredible sense of melody and lift, it’s almost impossiblenot to sing along when you hit thechorus. How did you develop such asharp ear for knowing where to takethe melody of a song?
TJ:
Why thank you! I suppose I justlisten to so much ‘good’ music that I’msurrounded by hooks and catchyphrases all the time. That’s why I loveJohn Mayer’s songs so much, they’re allso catchy! I try to follow his style withthe stuff I write, too.
SM:
Have you ever written any songsthat no one will hear?
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“I draw influence inmy writing from somany different artists.” “Co-writing hastaught me everything I know.” 

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