Jordan Hush is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. The low-key artist isn’t very social media driven and you won’t find out too much about him on the internet. Despite the lack of a strong social media presence, Hush’s music speaks volumes and is a perfect display of what he has to offer. In 2015, “Until Later…” was released and shortly after, “Until Later…II” was came three years later in 2018. Hush brought in the new year with his 2019 release, “Not This Year.” His support system has grown over the course of his career and they are anticipating new music.
His emotive R&B sound is guaranteed to set the mood or have you reflect on past or current relationships. In this interview, Hush opens up about how the women in his life sparked his musical influence, writing his first song at fifteen, struggles as an independent artist and new music.
You’re such an amazing writer and artist. Where do you pull from? Your music is relatable and various emotions stem from each song.
First and foremost, thank you for the compliment. I pull from many different places. I’ve been through a lot in my past relationships and even current ones. It also doesn’t have to be my own personal experience. I can write from someone else’s perspective after talking to them about what they’re going through. All I try to do is put myself in the place I was while I write about whatever emotion I’m trying to convey.
For those who aren’t familiar with who you are and what you do, when did you begin creating music and how did you know that this was for you?
I’ve always been intrigued with music and I’ve always loved writing so that’s really all it took. The first song I ever wrote I was fifteen. It was the middle of the night and it was to the Beyoncé Halo instrumental. I put that up on myspace music and all my friends loved it. That was probably the start of me saying to myself, “I think I want to do this.” It just took another seven years for me to take it serious, ha.
I was raised by a village of women so my biggest influences as well as my love for R&B came from them.
I think it’s safe to say that you’re aiding in keeping R&B alive. Do you agree? Also, who are some of your influences when it comes to the music?
I would have wholeheartedly agreed like four years ago. It seemed like it was dying. But now I feel like R&B is thriving. Right now I feel like it has cult following. I like it better this way rather than mainstream. I was raised by a village of women so my biggest influences as well as my love for R&B came from them. I was listening to music like Tyrese, Jamie Foxx, Tank, Genuwine, Dru Hill, SWV, Lauryn Hill, etc. A lot of late 90’s/early 2000’s music.
Your last EP, “Not This Year” was released about six months ago. It’s a quick listen of three tracks: Vent, Livin’ A Lie and Leave Me Alone. Let’s recap! What headspace were you in when you were working on this and what was the intent with keeping it short.
My headspace was to make a short EP of what I call “hurt music” haha. Most of my supporters seem to like my slower songs about that subject matter so I just wanted to give them that. I definitely wanted to keep it short. I’ve learned my lesson with longer projects. Attention spans are getting shorter so it doesn’t make sense for an artist like me; who’s not as established, to make long projects.
You’re a low-key guy, but tuning in and reviewing the plays, your music says otherwise. Is the Jordan Hush we hear in the songs the same guy out of the studio?
I’m definitely low-key. As much as it seems like a hindrance to my come up, I definitely don’t like to be on social media telling my every move. It’s just not me. I’m working on it though. One day I’ll get there. I’d say that the biggest thing that most fans wouldn’t know is that I’m super goofy outside of the studio with family and friends. I mean, that’s probably everybody though. Just where I’m comfortable being my 100% self without judgement.
Did growing up in California influence your artistry in any way?
It definitely influenced my artistry. Before social media took off the thing was “come to LA and make your dreams come true.” It definitely had that feel. I could be at Disneyland or at Roscoes and bump into someone notably famous. That kinda stuff inspired me. Like damn, this person or that person is real. It’s possible for me to be in their shoes.
Choosing one each, what female and male R&B artist would you like to work with?
Sheesh! Tough question. I would say Jamie Foxx and Brandy. Jamie Foxx because not only am I huge fan of his music, I feel like his music is coming fewer and farther between. At anytime he might stop for good and only do movies or hosting and all that. And Brandy. To me she’s the goat vocally. I would just make a smooth, vibey type song and let her come in and go crazy. There’s plenty more but for the sake of the question I gotta pick those two!
What project are you most proud of?
That’s tough. I would say the first one, “Until Later…” For so long my friends and family had been encouraging me to make music and take it seriously. I finally did and it got a great response and here I am now still trying to make them and the supporters I’ve gained along the way proud. It just felt good to accomplish something I always wanted to.
I feel like in any walk of life or profession, along with your hard work you have to know people to elevate.
You’re an independent artist, funding your journey. What have you found to be the toughest and most rewarding parts of being an artist on the grind?
The toughest part is not knowing anybody and having guidance. It’s not just with music. I feel like in any walk of life or profession, along with your hard work you have to know people to elevate. So that’s pretty tough. The most rewarding part is knowing that I’ve gotten this far with just word of mouth and my fans supporting me. I can only imagine how far this thing can go. I’m excited of what’s to come.
What I offer is wanting to write something relatable every time I step in that booth.
How would you describe your sound and what do you have to offer to the music industry?
I know I’m not the best vocally, I never wanted to be. But what I do know is that I have a unique voice that carries emotion. What I offer is wanting to write something relatable every time I step in that booth. And when I come out make you feel something, think about someone or just simply reflect. If I continue that, I feel like I can have a long-lasting future in this game.
The question that your supporters are dying to know. Are you working on any new music and will you be performing any time soon?
Yes, I’m in the studio. I’m gonna put out an EP. I don’t really do many features other than Hushmixes so I think I wanna do 6/7 songs with features on all of them.