Musician Derek Jordan has kept a close relationship with X-Static Radio with several years and has had multiple interviews with us.
He recently quit music for several months until he gained drive and passion for music once again. Here’s an all new Q&A about the former decoded frontman.
Q: First of all, I know you’ve taken some time off from music for a while, what has been the reason for that?
Derek Jordan: Yes, I took a period of about eight months off from music. I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever get back to it. It was something that I always loved so much and all of sudden I started to push it away.
I went through some personal things that left me feeling depressed and music just started making me even more sad. I started to resent music and felt like I had missed out on things in life because I spent so much of it on music. I really had to strip everything away and rebuild myself all over again.
Q: Did you work on any other kinds of projects on that time off?
DJ: Well I started working out a lot. I did the Insanity and Body Beast programs and got in the best shape of my life.
It inspired me to start sharing fitness tips with fellow musicians.
Q: Did you have a set time for when you wanted to come back to music or did you just let the drive for it come to you?
DJ: I thought I was done for sure because the spark was completely gone. It was like it just switched off. But then I started watching old videos of decoded and found myself talking about who and what I use to be like in terms of my perseverance and work ethic when it came to music.
I didn’t like talking about what I use to be like as if I’d become a shade of what I once was. The most important factor was that I had just started my relationship with my girlfriend and she encouraged me to start playing guitar again. Once I started logging in the hours playing around, I started writing again and then I started getting excited again.
Q: As you reflected on your time creating and playing music before your hiatus, which were your favorite moments of that time? Mine was actually being able to premier one of your songs worldwide Did that help drive you back into the music?
DJ: I think my favorite moments were some of our last Viper Room shows when we were really packing the place. Ever since I moved out to Los Angeles in 2007, I had busted my ass trying to get people to shows. I was never nervous about playing but I was always nervous about the turnouts.
Finally, all that hard work was starting to pay off as we were building a solid following. Seeing so many familiar faces singing and moving to my songs were my favorite moments.
Q: You shared a new song with me called “This Will Be My Year,” and I love the song and can’t wait to play it on our statin X-Static Radio. Can you talk more about it and the positive message it brings?
DJ: Thanks! I original wrote the foundation of the song in 2014 and had planned to record and release it in 2015 but that ended up not being my year as I left music. I really thought 2015 was going to be a big year for decoded and that was the inspiration behind the song.
As I started playing again, I started going through previously unfinished works. “This Will Be My Year” was a song I definitely wanted to finish. I love its positive and motivational message. The premise behind it is that you start every year with practically the same resolutions or goals, only to find yourself slip behind and having to restart and make those same goals year after year. However, this year you swear its going to be different. “This Will Be My Year” will be released on June 28.
Q: Do you have anymore details on upcoming projects? Maybe a record, more music, a new tour?
DJ: Right now I’m focusing on releasing a new single every month through Patreon. My page url there is patreon.com/derekjordan. I’ve been recording all of my releases on my own. Even the song artwork I’m doing on my own now! I have some goals listed on that site that show if I reach a certain amount per month then I will tour.
Q: Thanks once again for the taking the time of best of luck. Any further comments?
DJ: Yes. X-Static Radio had been playing decoded’s music since I started the group. Once you leave music, its really hard to get back in the game. Re-establishing momentum and picking back up with relationships that I disappeared from are daunting challenges. Having said that, I’m just really grateful to still be connected with X-Static Radio and for you to hang in there for me.