From one-to-watch to leader of the pack, Julian Jordan’s rapid ascent through the dance music world has been something to behold. It’s no surprise given the fresh quality of his productions, which always surprise and delight in equal measures. Not beholden to tired formulas or following the latest trend, he instead paves his own way with innovative rhythms, atypical riffs and endlessly inventive production.
Having made his name with a slew of anthems on scene-leading labels like Spinnin’ Records, DOORN Records and Revealed Recordings, he has now made great strides with his own label GOLDKID (Records). Increasingly the place for his own output, he has shown great diversity with his first few releases on the label, covering peak-time anthems and electronic pop. Then there was also the matter of his collaboration with Martin Garrix as part of his ADE 7 tracks in 7 days giveaway, the fierce electro of Welcome, which has accrued 15 million streams to date. All this lead to a well-deserved nomination for Best Dutch Act at the MTV EMAs in 2016.
On the DJ front, he joined the likes of Garrix and Calvin Harris in holding a monthly residency at Las Vegas’ prestigious Omnia, while he’s a regular at world-leading festivals like Tomorrowland and Electric Daisy Carnival. Reaching further afield, he has also dipped into the world of fashion, launching his own capsule collection with Chasin‘ to great acclaim.
His advice to aspiring producers is simple: be yourself: “Always try to create the music you want to create and don’t care too much about what other people say about your music. If it’s something that you are proud of that’s the only thing that matters, because you created it.” These wise words have served him very well indeed.
So tell us more about your new Track "Chinook"? The song is amazing, what does it mean Chinook? And what did thought when you created this song?
How I came up with the title is actually a pretty funny story. I was in San Diego with my girlfriend, I just played a show there and the next day we visited the Zoo. There was this polar bear called Chinook and I said "I like this name, I'm going to name a track after him one day!" and that's how the track name came about!
GOLDKID Records is your own record label! How did you decide to create your own record label? Was this something you always wanted?
It's something I always wanted , have creative freedom, create a label that represents my style and create a platform for other people to play/release their music as well. I've been working for a long time on that label, just releasing my own tracks and now I'm thinking about adding other people as well, to give other people a chance. Young producers to be exposed as well. I didn't really have good times with some records labels back in the days so I want to give the young kids the best experience.
What type of songs are you looking for GOLDKID? Can you tell your fans what they can expect for next releases?
My sound for "Goldkid"... I'm actually looking for different genres. As long as they put their love and passion into the tracks I'm down for everything because I like to play so much different music in my sets, If it's good enough and I play it in my set I definitely want to release it.
Can you tell us about your project "Play on"? What was your idea when you created the concept for it?
I started playing music and producing when I was 15 years old. I actually started producing when I was twelve. I couldn't go to festivals, I couldn't go to clubs. As a Dj, I had the chance to play in the clubs but I was always the really young kid. And I was like " I want to create something for people to experience that at a younger age." because I never had the chance to experience that and I really wanted to give the kids the chance to see it. So "Play On" for me, the concept is giving the kids a chance to play, have a good time and to go on the crowd as well.
It's just for all the kids to go there, party and that's it. That's what I want to do.
Did you already accomplish one of your big goals? Was it the way you imagine it would be?
One of my big goals was always Ultra Miami main stage and I did that one, It was really cool. There's only one goal left, It's Tomorrowland main stage, closing the Tomorrowland main stage. Let's hope so, even after 10 years, I would do it. Just thinking on the strategy, on how I'm going to do it, visualize it and then I'm gonna work for it.
How are you feeling about your residency in Omnia at Las Vegas? This year you already joined Calvin Harris, Hardwell and Martin Garrix, share with us how it was?
It's amazing to be part of that club. Such an amazing vibe. Great people, if you are there you can see the effects. I can't describe in words how playing that clubs feels. The big chandelier, everything is so super sick.. Two years ago I was playing Omnia as Martin's support dj act, and it felt so sick to be there. The Omnia team saw my opening sets and they were like " Alright, we want you to play all nights as well" and I was like "Wow". So that's how it all started..
How are your feelings about playing here on Tomorrowland?
It's always amazing to be here, actually, last time was so super super sick, . I'm really curious about this year and it's going to be better. Let's hope. Let's make the most of it!!
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