Hi Jordan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi VENTS, thank you so much for having me! I’ve been really good. Just released my debut single, Optimistic, last week and I’ve been receiving a lot of positive and supportive messages from people about the song which makes me feel good.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single Optimistic?
Of course! Optimistic is a song I wrote 2 years ago actually with Gil Lewis and Micky Blue. We were all put together on the first day of a writing camp in London and we seriously just hit it off, it was such an easy session. I came in with an idea from my notes app that said “overly optimistic” and after telling them the story behind that phrase down they were both like, ‘oh we gotta write this’.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Ohhh yes. My entire outlook on life is very optimistic, which, oddly enough, can get me into trouble. For instance, I have a tendency to stick around for longer than I should in relationships because I believe it will get better. This song is about those relationships and the high you get from feeling wanted after a period of feeling rejected. You think, ‘maybe this is the turning point for us!’, but really it’s just a part of the same cycle.
Any plans to release any sort of video for this track?
Yes! I filmed a live performance video about a month ago on a beautiful balcony in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s an acoustic version of the song and my friend Danny Solano played guitar alongside me for the video. As for a full blown music video, there is a definite possibility!
How was the recording and writing process?
It was all done on that first day Micky, Gil and I worked together! I think Gil might have tightened a few things up production-wise after we left the studio that day, but the vocals on the released version of Optimistic are also the demo vocals! Just killing all the birds with one stone.
How has the likes of Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez influenced your writing?
I mean, they’ve been two of the biggest pop stars in the world for the past 5 years. Played on every radio station, spotify playlist, etc, it’s hard to not be influenced by that.
Speaking of writing, how does your background as a singer-songwriter for other people like Olivia Rodrigo and Brandy influence your own work? Do you tend to take a different approach when working on your own material?
For me, when I’m writing for others I’m putting myself in their shoes and writing from that perspective. When it came to writing for Olivia, since it was for the High School Musical series, myself and my co-writer, Josh Cumbee, were given the full breakdown of the scene we were writing for along with lyrical and sonic references. It’s a lot of splitting hairs to make sure we’re conveying the correct message. Whereas when writing for myself, the main question is “does this feel like me?” which is much easier to accomplish since I am the one writing it!
Does the new single mean we can expect new material — how’s that coming along?
The new single definitely means you can expect more new material coming soon. We’ve got more visuals, more performances, and more songs all lined up throughout the rest of this year and into next! It’s all happening very quickly.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I like to make releasing titles and dates of projects an event in and of itself. It’s very dramatic and fun for me, so you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok at @itsjordanpowers and follow along!!
What else is happening next in Jordan Powers’ world?
I actually have a song that I wrote and am featured on with Breathe Carolina coming out on November 19th! It’s a powerful, moody dance track called I Do It To Myself.