Memphis Music Feature: Jordan Occassionally

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jordan occassionally

Today’s interview is with Jordan Occassionally, Memphis musician.

“Being part of protests next to the Civil Rights Museum, reminded me of our resilience and our sense of community.” - Jordan Occasionally
 

MH: What about Memphis inspires you creatively? 
 
Jordan: Culture
 
MH: Who in Memphis do you love to listen to?
 
Jordan: What I love about the current Memphis scene is its global impact. Major artists from here like Healy, Talibah Safiya, and Valerie June are making waves in the music industry right now. I love seeing Memphis be appreciated by the world.
 
MH: Which place gives you that Memphis vibe?
 
Jordan: Being born and raised here, it’s almost like what isn’t home? When I think of Memphis, I think of history. The Civil Rights Museum and Stax Museum are two landmarks that mean a lot to me. Growing up listening to the biggest soul musicians in the world that made music and a home here and in recent years being part of protests next to the Civil Rights Museum, reminded me of our resilience and our sense of community when I think of Memphis.
 

MH: Can you give advice for a  young artist getting started?
 
Jordan: For young artists, my advice would be, “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Share your art with your friends. Get opinions from people that care about you. Making art is therapeutic and a way to connect with a world outside of yourself, so you won’t know what that’s like if you keep all of your brilliant ideas to yourself.”
 
MH:
Do you have a quick story that changed you as an artist, a moment in time that moved the needle for you? Or a quick story on a mentor?
 
Jordan: For me, my music has always mirrored my experiences with the world. My first song I ever released, “Don’t Shoot”, was a song I wrote when I was seventeen and battling anxiety about my future in this world as a young Black person, facing systemic barriers that I couldn’t control. The news was filled with cases of police brutality, as it is now, and I realized that music was one of the only ways I could express how I truly felt about the world. As I’ve gotten older and learned more, my experiences influence the art I create.
 
MH: Where can we hear you?
 
Jordan: My most recent project is “Indigo” a disco/pop album! You can stream it here or buy it here. I am releasing a music video very soon and I have some virtual performances that I can’t wait to share with you all!

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