Jordan reached out to me and we got to talking through email and I found out a lot about the homie. In 2015, Jordan worked at BlastOff Productions in Times Square as a full-time audio engineer. He worked with major artists such as A-Boogie, PnB Rock, Rico Nasty, and more. Jordan also operates as Chief Engineer of his newly minted Red Planet Studios, serving as a producer/songwriter on multiple artists’ projects for independent and major label releases.
In 2017, Jordan was awarded a DCA (Department of Cultural Affairs) Premier Grant through Staten Island Arts, towards his debut EP release, which also serves as the debut release for Red Planet Records, LLC. In 2018, Jordan left his full-time position at BlastOff Productions to pursue his career as an artist and focus on Red Planet Records, LLC. With his independent record label, and the debut release, Jordan Barone intends to solidify his position as a New York songwriting staple, and Staten Island hometown champion.
How did you come up with your rap name?
I used to perform under a moniker, but with my recent work, which is more personal, I wanted to allow people to get to know me better so I chose my government- Jordan Barone.
What are your official projects?
Although I have credits as an audio engineer/producer on some major projects, my single “Same Thing” marks my debut as an artist. The full project is expected to drop Fall 2018.
Where are you from?
I’m from the forgotten borough of NYC- Staten Island, New York. Although we have a ton of artists from here recently, we are most known for the Wu-Tang Clan. I respect them for paving the way, and I look forward to shedding light on all the other amazing movements happening here.
Are you involved in your local music scene?
I built the most connections in the local music scene through my work as an audio engineer. I was able to bring everything I learned from my time at Blastoff Productions in NY back to to my home recording studio in Staten Island, which became a hub for the up and coming artists around the island. Through my collaboration with these rising artists, we are able to deliver quality music projects. I’m also involved with a lot of the community organizers in the north shore of Staten Island, who are responsible for the recent cultural boom of music and arts happening in the area.
How old are you?
I just turned 24.
What’s the dopest (coolest) thing to happen to you since you started releasing product?
Seeing the response has been amazing. There are people and markets that have shown support that I never would have even imagined. The best part is that I finally get to showcase my talent and voice. As an audio engineer/producer, I was working on other artists’ music. Now, there was an immediate sense of relief to publicly display my identity.
The production you find to rap on beats is pretty fired. Who makes the beats?
I do. I pride myself on doing most of the production myself, and for my upcoming project, there is only one track that I didn’t produce.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My music has been described as Billy Joel meets Drake. As a classically trained piano player, the singer-songwriter style plays a large part in my music, but I’m definitely rooted in Hip-Hop and R&B.
What are your goals?
My publicist told me to say ” To make a living from sharing my music with the world”, but if I’m being honest, I’m trying to f**k this game up!
What did you do 2day?
I sent some e-mails, mixed Lou The Humans new record “Fuck Your Opinion”, which got me inspired to start working on a new record of my own.
How much you charge for a feature? a show?
I don’t really charge to feature, I usually just choose who I want to collaborate with. For a show, it’s less about the money and more about just being in the right situation to properly showcase the music.
What are you trying to do with music?
Like I said, f**king up the game lol. What I mean is putting no restriction on influences or genre. If it sounds dope, it sounds dope. This is what I hope will become known as the “Staten Island Sound” since the borough is such a mix of cultures, races, and economic backgrounds.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I thought I told you, f**king up this game! Really though, five years in, I see myself 1) With a couple of projects out, 2) My independent record label, Red Planet Records, having large scale world-wide distribution, 3) World-wide tours, and 4) At least 3 artists signed to the label sharing the same success.
What are your plans for 2018?
You should know by now…and, a music video for my single “Same Thing”, a second single releasing, release of the full project, and some other cool surprises related to the project!
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