Meet Jordan, a 27 year old Spotify playlist curator from Califronia.
“One of Reddit.com’s most popular subreddits is called AskReddit, and one day the highest question of the day was asking for reddit users to post the most relaxing songs they knew. Hence the name of my album. The question actually gets asked a lot over the years, but this playlist was something I made for the post that day. I published it on spotify and it got a bit popular, even long after the post. People still message me that they like it so much, even non-redditors. I even get asked by budding musicians to listen to their songs to see if I’ll add them to the list. The truth is, I’m so far from any authority on music, so I apologize to them but stick with the theme of the playlist, which is only adding relaxing songs from askreddit comments. My personal playlists don’t match this playlist, its full of eclectic mixes of songs that are either produced-catchy pop to somber poetic lyric songs. I don't know if there is a whole lot of people who’d agree with a playlist of RuPaul hits mixed with Childish Gambino Because of the Internet tracks alongside The Goo Goo Dolls, not to mention the random songs that appear on spotify radio.”
Who is you favorite artist?
Best concert you've ever been to?
I don’t listen to “post hardcore” (emo/screamo music) but in 2011 my friends invited me to an Emery concert in a midwest town. It was a small venue but my friends tried to give me a crash course on mosh concert culture and i just decided to play the part of an adoring fan. I participated in dancing, chanting, jumping all night long (i avoided the mosh pit fights as best i could) all the while having never listened to this band before. There was two or three people afterwards who commented to me about being so energetic and a “true fan” but i just had a blast
Do you play any instruments? If not is there one you
would like to learn?
Id love to learn guitar
What artist (dead or alive) had the biggest impact on your life?
Katy Perry, I was in denial about my sexuality for nearly a decade. I grew up in religious schools and just sort of refused to allow my feelings to be validated by myself for fear of what others would think. I would pray to God to take away my attraction to men, and cry myself to sleep, yet fully believe I wasn’t struggling with same-sex attraction at the same time. I remember when Katy Perry’s music video for Firework wasn't even out yet, but it leaked for streaming on a Mexican website. I watched it multiple times before it got taken down. I was obsessed with it and didn’t know why. In the music, video as she sings about being a firework and letting your colors burst, there are these multiple stories playing out. A child finally stands up to his abusive parent, a girl too self conscious about her body finally allows herself to strip down to her bikini and just have fun at a pool party. A boy at a party who isn't having much fun finally decides to march across the room and kisses another guy. Each story when they finally do something for themselves, or showing their true selves, the sparks ignite from their chests. I rewatched the video many times over, until it clicked with the gay story. That was me, pretending I'm having fun in this normal life, but I’m not yet the key to my happiness is easily a few steps in another direction. Lying to myself was killing me, I needed to accept myself. This time I prayed to God I said, “well, if you’re out there you know i like boys. Ive tried everything to ask for help not to, but you haven't helped changed me. Maybe you won’t, and I don’t think you love me any less. You don't make mistakes. I am attracted to men, and if that’s wrong in your eyes then we will just have to come to some sort of understanding,.” And the most amazing peace came over me. Its impossible to explain what that feeling is like, to realize you’ve normalized the weight of repression your whole life and then suddenly it’s taken away and you experience peace and freedom for the first time ever. All thanks to Katy Perry’s firework, I can’t think of a gayer millennial coming out story.