Jordan Doww is proving to fans that there is more to him than meets the eye. Perhaps best known as an actor and comedian, Jordan is branching out by releasing original music. With the release of the highly anticipated track “Had Enough”, Jordan Doww takes a break from comedy to share with listeners the emotion behind his music.
We had the chance to catch up with Jordan about his first official music video for “Had Enough”, what it was like to dig deep and explore the emotion necessary for his new single, how he hopes listeners can relate to the meaning behind the words, why it is important to him to be an outlet and role model for the LGBT+ community, and what fans can expect from his new music and his latest projects.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Jordan Doww below:
What initially inspired you to pursue music in your career?
It has always been an interest of mine. For years prior, I’ve released covers on YouTube and just fell in love with the whole process – being in the studio, comping vocals, etc. The first song I ever made was actually back in 2016 for my comedy-variety show ‘Hollyweird’. However, it never saw the light of the day and maybe that was for the best. It wasn’t until the end of 2019, pre-pandemic that I really started learning the craft and exploring it as a means of therapy. With no intention of releasing anything, it gave me the space to explore music with no stakes (or ears.)
Who are some of your musical influences when it comes time to create music? Is there anyone you would love to work with someday?
God, I love too many artists to pick. From Ben Platt to Ryan Beatty, and Bon Iver to The 1975, I pull influence from a lot of sounds & genres. I’ve always loved every style of music. To collaborate with any of them would be a dream.
What does your playlist look like right now?
It is all over the place but it makes me so happy. A mixture of pop-punk to pop-indie to musical theatre… Haha!
How would you describe your sound to someone thinking of listening for the first time?
I think it definitely lives somewhere in the alt-indie-pop realm, although, I don’t really know.
That being said, what can listeners expect from your new single “Had Enough”? How would you say this compares to your previous work?
“Had Enough” explores a grungier, darker, more performative soundscape than anything I’ve previously done. And that’s exactly what I was going for. When we landed on the single, I knew it wouldn’t be for every type of listener.. It’s different. I wanted it to feel theatrical but in an angsty way. The video, the performance, it was all curated to tell a very specific story. It takes you on a self-reflective journey leading up to this triumphant release.
For a song that is so emotional, what was that writing process and release like for you?
At first, the song leaned a bit more towards a breakup ballad. It wasn’t until I heard the first full edit of the demo that everything changed for me. It spoke an entirely different narrative in my head. One that I had been running from & needed to hear. Making the video allowed me to dig deep and uncover a lot of truths I had been hiding. In its entirety, this project took a lot out of me to make but at the same time lifted so much weight off my shoulders. It was the first time I truly felt like an artist.
Can you talk a little about what it was like to film the music video for “Had Enough”? Were you able to be involved with the creative input when it came time to film?
It is wild how that video came together. Mathew Pimental is a genius beyond comparison. Having produced the project myself, it was up to me to decide essentially when, where, and what we were going to film. However, every time we got together and he pressed record, we were discovering so much more of the story. Most of the shots we got were not even originally planned the way you see them.
Even in the edit, he was adding elements I couldn’t believe. He was able to pull from the past, present, and the “future” all while thinking entirely on our feet. It is truly the best feeling in the world to collaborate with someone who is excited, eager, and equally as passionate. I owe it all to him.
You also are able to utilize your experience as an actor in this way. What do you enjoy most about making music when comparing it to acting? Is there one that you prefer over the other?
At the end of the day, I just love to create & collaborate. It’s truly what fulfills me. And to get to do it as my job is just the most honorable feeling in the world. When it comes to music, I get to say how I’m feeling without really saying it. It’s like a dance around words, almost. With acting, however, it forces me to be present in my body & connect to a deeper part of myself to tell a story. The conjunction of the two is incredibly healing for me & it’d be hard to pick one over the other.
Can you talk a little about why it’s important to you to share your music with your fans and be a role model and outlet for the LGBT+ community?
From day one, I’ve always enjoyed bringing my fans along with me on this journey. It’s always been my goal to inspire others to not only chase their dreams but to also lead with love, honesty, and compassion. For me, that requires sharing the ebbs and flow of my own life. Lately, I’ve done so through quieter, more artistic endeavors. I want people to know that even as an entertainer, I’m very much human. There are too many people out there who choose to portray a very polished, fake representation of who they really are. I want to show people the truth.
What else are you working on? What can your fans look forward to from you next?
I have a film in the works as well as more music! I cannot wait.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us!
A pleasure. Thank you!
Thank you so much to Jordan Doww for taking the time to speak with us!
Be sure to check our Jordan’s new music video for his latest single “Had Enough” as seen above!