Everyone needs Jordan Mackampa‘s soul-infused folk in their lives.
The Congolese-born Coventry-based troubadour makes timeless music that warms the cockles like a big slug of scotch, and earthy new track ‘Give Into The Dark’ is no exception.
The first track to be taken from his intimate upcoming collection ‘Live From the Grand Cru’ is a sparse and heartfelt song in the vein of Michael Kiwanuka, with Mackampa’s soothing voice sitting above a sparse backdrop.
With the live EP set for release in spring 2018, we caught up with the singer-songwriter to find out more.
‘Give Into The Dark’ is beautiful. How did the track come about?
“Thank you very much, I’m very proud of it. It came about through a writing session with Olly and Gayle from Turin Brakes. We wrote it last year – during that brief heatwave we had – around their kitchen table with a few guitars, then end up recording it on The Grand Cru, which is a beautiful studio on a 100-year-old Dutch barge just under Tower Bridge. I’m incredibly happy with the end result.”
How did you start out in music?
“There was always music playing in the house since I was very young. I got my first instrument when I was six (it was a small Casio keyboard), then I picked up other instruments along the way like the harmonica, drums, marimba, but found myself at peace with the acoustic guitar. I fondly remember watching my mother sing along to our favourite songs in the kitchen and seeing the joy it gave her. I guess the notion of wanting to feel something, anything, through music stuck with me, which is why there’s so much emotion in the music I make today.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on the Jordan Mackampa sound right now?
“Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Laura Marling, Nina Simone, Moses Sumney – each of these artists, in their own right, have had a profound way of affecting how I approach my songwriting. I think there is a wonderful blend of honest storytelling and melody, of which I aim to combine in my own music, through listening to these artists, as well as others.”
Any other new artists that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Fenne Lily, George Ogilvie, Siv Jakobsen, Million Miles, Blanco White, Tom Joshua – I could happily spend a day or three, on my own, cut off from the world, listening to these artists sing and never reach boredom.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Jordan Mackampa?
“A full band headline tour across the UK (see below), including a show at The Lexington in London (5th Dec) + more tracks that I’m incredibly excited to release!”
28.11.17 – Broadcast, Glasgow
29.11.17 – Oporto, Leeds
01.12.17 – Picture House Social, Sheffield
02.12.17 – Kasbah, Coventry
03.12.17 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
05.12.17 – The Lexington, London