ChordandJocks - Arkansas Producer Merges Analog and Tech Setting The Vibe (005)
My fifth guest on "The Rec Show" which aired on February 20th, 2021, is a Arkansas based Sound Wizard and Cold Cuts Collective member who chops up beats in a very hypnotic way using the Roland SP404. He loves cats and instrumental Hip Hop culture. He'd been featured on the Makin' It Podcast and Bedroom Beethoven's Podcast Enjoy the interview!
Episode 005 of The Rec Show Available Now! Today’s sound wizard goes by @chordandjocks Enjoy! ✌🏾🖤— The Rec Show (@TheRecShow) February 21, 2021
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Yo! Im Jordan Cox, a beatmaker/producer/whatever you wanna call it. I’m from central Arkansas, North Little Rock to be exact. My producer moniker is actually just my real name with the first letters switched. When i was searching for available social media handles, this was the one that made the most sense that wasn’t taken. So pronounce it like “cordandjox” It’s a tough one apparently, haha.
So many… I’ll always remember starting out with baritone in the 6th grade and my mother telling my scrawny (still) self that trumpet would be better for me. I loved band all the way through college for a bit. I got into guitar hero heavy when it came out, and my older brother Caleb and I would always be up watching VH1 videos. I’d say those two things are how I became diverse to music. I played guitar in a shoegazey grudge band, and bass in a twinkle~emo~punk band. I also produced a pretty heavy post-rock project.
Question #3: Can you share a bit on what inspires you to create beats and why you use hardware/software like Serato Studio, and SP404?
I’m inspired by that feeling in your gut when a chord hits you a certain way. I thrive from feeling in beats. I make beats that I hope communicate feeling. That is a language that we all speak. I started using Serato Studio just a couple of months ago, Dibiase put me on it and gave me some sauce. STLNDRMS is also in there a bit, they both have very nice drum kits that I use on everything. As far as hardware, using the SP404 is essential to my sound now. It is
replicable in Logic Pro (what i also use) somewhat with vsts, but the compressor in the 404 is so nice. It shapes the hell out of your tracks. Also can’t not mention the 404 effects!
Question #5: How would you personally describe your sound?
I call it tangible loops. They are obviously sequences of the same idea throughout each track. If you like yet another take on 80s music as the big publications are calling it, with the knock of some heavy drums. I hope that my music touches the soul of the listener really. I
wouldn’t put out anything that didn’t overly excite me, I hope.
going to church ⛪️ pic.twitter.com/rw9dycExHk— Jordan (@chordandjocks) January 19, 2021
Question #6: What new projects are in the works for you? Are their any artists you are jamming to or inspired by and why?
I’m currently mastering a second album. I’ll be working on a merch pack including a tape preorder, CD’s, stickers, a poster, and maybe if someone loves me enough, vinyl? I think it’s about time, who knows. As of recently, i’ve been jamming my boys in COLD CUTS COLLECTIVE, especially dawgz quite a bit. He’s got a nice catalogue of beautiful soul loops. Of course my influences listed above also. Ive been digging deep into the jazz/sou/funk from the 70-90s quite a bit recently. Its toooo many groups to name. Look for a playlist soon.
Question #7: Who are your beat maker superheroes and what about each garner that label for you?
beats and how can the internets find you?
your beats better first. I still don’t have the numbers I want at all. I'm still in the process of making these beats sound consistently good. It’s all a process. These things really do take time. And if we dig deep, we can find all the answer we need in the process within.
You can find me everywhere @chordandjocks
here is a link for some links. https://linktr.ee/chordandjocks