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INTERVIEW: Jordan Goodman

Hi Jordan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been enjoying myself! Things have been progressive, I have life so I’m grateful. Thank you for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deceiving, Bad Habits”?

“Deceiving, Bad Habits” is one of my favorites that I’ve written for this project. It’s a record that sheds light on how one can be carried away by their own conceived narratives, and in this case specifically in relation to love.

It’s produced by my brother and friend Mentor, who I’ve been working with since I was 18. I had originally written it for an album that I’ve been working on simultaneously to this up and coming project As a Man Thinketh and eventually it evolved to being the 1st single.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

As with the majority of the music I write, this particular song pretty much culminates a very significant time in my life, a time where I spent much of it learning and unlearning, dying to parts of myself and coming into full-scope about who I am in the season of my life. As I was undergoing all of these life-changing experiences, there’d be moments where I’d be able to step out of bounds in a sense, process and become a narrator of my own experience.

I noticed how for a long while I continued to adapt methods to pacify my own dysfunction and personal insecurity. I continued trying to fulfill that void through senselessly dishing out all of my efforts and love to things, people, and ideologies that didn’t fulfill or serve me any good. So after realizing the importance of that lesson, and expressing it through my art, that’s how “Deceiving, Bad Habits” came about.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Before we even finalized our final mix on the song I had already shot the video, that’s how adamant I was about getting this visual to come to life!

I was Inspired by Noir-style films of the 50’s and 60’s. I envisioned this story taking place in a vintage motel, with a “Bonnie & Clyde” kind of feel. Here, in this setting, is where a couple on an addictive high from lust and the experiences that bonded them together. Through this toxic relationship, “Clyde” in this case sees the many ways it’s forged a deeper sense of non-fulfillment.

Shoot day was chaotic, as I had prepared for but didn’t hope for of course. We caught a flat headed to the location, got it towed to a shop for a quick tire-change and fortunately were back on the road with an hour to spare!

We shot in San Francisco in the Mission at a vintage motel. It was a 6-hour shoot, freezing cold and windy but we ended up getting some great shots. I’m excited for you guys to see!

The single comes off your new album As A Man Thinketh – what’s the story behind the title?

During the writing process of the project the overall subject matter kind of started to form itself. I sat and listened back at what I had at that time and began to see how much of the expressions I had through my music was systemic to the way I approached and perceived my own life. In acknowledgment of all of what was the good and the bad, I knew it lied in my perception.

As a Man Thinketh felt necessary to the times of my life; It felt like a new-found mantra.

How was the recording and writing process?

I enjoyed getting to see this record come to life. I originally recorded a demo for it back in 2017 and at that time it kind of got lost in the sauce.

Forward a few years later, working on the foundation of this project, tying together themes and specific sounds I came back across it and fell back in love.

What role does Oakland play in your music?

Growing up in Oakland has definitely solidified a sense of confidence and pride within me. I remember winning 1st place at one of my earliest talent showcases held at Tech against multi-talents teens/adults when I was maybe 6 or 7. It was the first time I heard my name being screamed in excitement and celebration. I remember what that feels like and I’m glad I got to experience that first here at home.

How has the likes of The Weeknd influenced your writing?

I can’t entirely say that the The Weeknd has had a major influence on my writing, but I completely admire and respect his talent, and what he’s contributed to the game. He’s definitely opened doors and seemed to have effortlessly solidify his place in the game which I’d love to come behind him and do. Much love for and recognition to him.

What aspect of love and heartbreak did you get to explore on this record?

These two themes I felt were important to highlight not only because it was what my experience was during the writing process, but also because it’s what I believe to be two of the most powerful experiences that could ever affect us as humans. I knew it would connect me to my fans on an intimate level.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Lately I’ve just been inspired by each life-experience and whatever lessons it comes to provide y’know? Excited about more opportunities to feel and be studious.

What else is happening next in Jordan Goodman’s world?

Not at the moment, but I am working on getting a few shows aligned around the projects release date. As of the moment I’m working on finalizing the edit of the visual for “Deceiving, Bad Habits”,  preparing things for the release of my next single from the project, and just excited about a successful release. I’m already working on my follow-up project, exploring new sounds and just enjoying the time!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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