Here at SCENE we like to consider it our mandate to search out new Manitoban musical talent.
This week we've stumbled upon Jordsy, an independent one-man-band of sorts who really does it all -- like really, we're talking playing all the instruments, writing, recording, mixing, shooting his own videos (and we could go on).
Armed with an alt-folk sound that is both quaint and encompassing, Jordsy will be performing tonight at Winnipeg's newest cultural hub, Pop Soda's.
As an introduction, dear SCENE reader, here is a Q & A with this mysterious musical man.
So who is Jordsy?
"Jordsy" is a nick-name I chose for my stage name as a musician. My real name? Definitely not as cool, or important for that matter.
All the music you hear which is titled under Jordsy consists of no other musicians besides myself. For the record, people have recently been asking me who the girl is singing in "Song For Jack" which is my tribute to Jack Layton... well... that's still me.
What is the story behind your video for RAR!
The "RAR!" video is very special to me, as well as probably the most sentimental thing I've ever done. I'm a young guy with a young family, so despite how it may appear to be quite a few different people in the video, it's really just the three of us goofing around. The dino heads are really pop boxes which were cut and painted by myself, and the characters just invented themselves. Even the location was special as I've been wanting to film something there since I first stumbled upon it as a teenager, which I have now finally accomplished with this video.
What do you think it is about Winnipeg that allows this city to produce so many talented, independent singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists?
From my experience, growing up in Winnipeg left me with a lot of time on my hands when faced with the winter and art -- in all its forms -- is a great way to battle such boredom. When that much time is dedicated to something it's easy to fall in love, and when you fall in love you're in it for the long haul, for better or worse.
I also found the core of Winnipeg felt pretty empty, that is until recently, which made me feel more determined to contribute. What's fascinating is that the city is not to be sold short on it's stories as it's a very interesting place with a lot going on, just sometimes you need to dig a little deeper. So, I might think Winnipeg has a lot of people who possibly feel the same way I do.
Your website states that you have seen your music played around the world (and from what I can tell from your website, there is some connection to Germany). Can you elaborate?
It all boils down to the simple fact that campus and independent radio is amazing everywhere. It allows great opportunities to so many musicians, no matter how known you are. A play here and there could make a big difference. And while we're on the subject, if anyone reading this is on a such a station, log your playlists! That way us independent musicians know who's playing us and don't pester you.
Anyway, through this I've made contact with people across the world, but it's in Germany where my EP "Shlines" was featured in it's entirety on one station and "Song For Jack" was picked-up for regular weekly airplay on another.
What do you make of Winnipeg's newest arts and culture hub, Pop Soda's?
Love it. How can't you? It reminds me of what those funky, artsy, bohemian, counter-culture hang-outs must have looked like in the 60's. There's no limitations of expression; furniture, art, music.... and they have great food! It's exactly what Winnipeg needs, so cheers to them. I'm thrilled to be playing there along with Dominique Lemoine this November.
Image in article: Jordsy (Jordsy)