Jordan Alexander is the next gay pop star

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AE: How does it feel to be an up-and-coming lesbian musician?

JA: I feel like I’m committing myself to a life of honesty and that’s all I’ve ever wanted. I just feel like I’m diving head first into a swimming pool full of candy. Being a musician is a treat and I love it.

 

AE: How would you describe your personality?

JA: Bubbly and excitable! My hyperactivity is borderline annoying, at least for my girlfriend who has to deal with it 24/7.

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AE: Do you write your own music?

JA: Yes, I absolutely do. Songwriting is my favorite pastime. I also really like to write music with other people. My girlfriend and I have written tons of songs together it is so much fun.

 

AE: What’s it like working with Jarvis Church?

JA: Amazing and fun. He is hilarious and we are actually friends so it has been the best experience I could have ever asked for. He is so talented, but he is really open to suggestion and doing things differently. He just wants to create great music, so his attitude to songwriting and producing is very fluid.

 

AE: Who are your biggest musical influences?

JA: Currently, my biggest inspirations are Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Mother Mother, and Lorde. I listen to so much music, but I think the influence of those artists can be heard prominently in my music. I listened to a lot of Beyonce and Shania Twain when I first had the choice of what I was listening to.

 

AE: What have been the highlights of your career thus far?

JA: Opening for Tegan and Sara at the TD Music Café Toronto event in 2014! I really, really love them—I can’t even explain. I got heat stroke that day because it was really hot out and I was jumping up and down during their whole show. I am eagerly awaiting their eighth album! Also meeting up with Jarvis Church in 2013 because none of this would have been possible without him. Jarvis turned my career and life around when he came through.

 

AE: Most memorable performance?

JA: This year, during The Panam Games in Toronto. I was opening for Jarvis Church, and in the middle of the show, he invited me back up to play “The Lonely Hearts Club.” It’s a really slow, personal song and just me and my guitar. There were tons of people there but as soon as I started to play, the crowd went dead silent and listened. It was really beautiful.

 

AE: What are some upcoming performance/tour dates?

JA: This October I have three performances lined up opening for Jarvis Church in Ontario. My reps at the Agency Group booking agency, who got me the Jess Glynne gig, are always finding me new gigs, so I will probably have more that I just don’t know about yet. As soon as I do, I’ll put them on my website.

 

AE: When will your debut album, Reject Misfit Outcast, be released?

JA: Spring 2016! I am so excited I can’t believe it, we still have to do pictures for the album art, but the music is fully finished.

 

AE: Did you collaborate with any other artists on it?

JA: “Take Me Out Tonight” features DJ Northend, a Candian DJ. Jarvis and I worked with a DJ from LA named Laroc and he built the tracks for “History” and “Let’s Chill.” The track for “I Wish,” one of my favorite songs on the album, was built by Mike Daley. He’s a producer who works for the Underdogs. Jarvis Church made the other tracks. I wrote lyrics for all the songs with co-writing from Jarvis Church and Cassandra WB.

 

AE: How would you describe your personal style?

JA: All over the place. I like mohawks because they are easy to style and it looks badass. I dye my hair blue because I think it was supposed to be that color all along. When I’m lazy, I like to wear dresses because it’s just one item of clothing.

 

AE: Who are your favorite queer characters?

JA: I love Tess from the show Lip Service, and Emma from the graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Color.

 

AE: What are your guilty pleasures?

JA: One Direction fan videos.  If I were reincarnated, I want to come back as a member of a boy band. Fan videos in general, really. I watch ones for Tegan and Sara, too. I don’t know if I feel guilty about it, but I don’t like to do it when anyone else is around.

 

AE: Pet peeves?

JA: Mean people.  I just think we should all be nice to each other, and bake a cake full of rainbows and smiles. It’s so simple. If we were all just a little bit nicer to one another, Earth would be a utopia.

 

AE: When was the last time you felt invincible?

JA: Last year while I was visiting best friend Neb in Vancouver. Neb and I were doubling on a bike and it was so good to be with her again and we were dying laughing. I don’t know if I felt invincible, but I think as close to it as I have ever felt.

 

AE: When was the last time you felt insignificant?

JA: I work at a bookstore and this customer asked me if I went to university and I said “No.” He was all judge-y about it and was like, “Well, what are you doing?” So I said, “I work here and I’m a musician.” “Well, I guess you’re still young, but you should think about that,” he said. I run into that a lot at my bookstore: people who have a problem that I never went to post secondary. It’s awkward and embarrassing.

 

AE: What a dick! Turning back to music: if you could pick only one song for someone to listen to, what would it be? Ditto video.

JA: Listen: “Take Me Out Tonight.” Watch: “Wait For Me There.”

 

Jordan Alexander’s entire album is pre-streaming on Soundcloud. Listen ASAP so you can say “I was into Jordan before she got big” and make everyone jealous. My personal favorite, “History,” is a hypnotic song brimming with euphoric possibility. If you’re into deep cuts, she’s got live performances on YouTube that show off her impressive pipes and adorable charisma. Or buy select songs on iTunes.

 

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