Soundtrack To My Life with Jordan Mackampa

Is this a new thing I’m trying? Yes. Do I want to make it a regular blog feature? Perhaps. Did I get the title from a Kid Cudi song? Absolutely. 
Born in Kinshasa and making only the sweetest of melodies in Coventry, 23 year old Jordan Mackampa is my first victim/willing volunteer. I first encountered Jordan after he supported Lewis Watson at the Electric Circus (RIP) in December of last year, and I am now very honoured to consider him a friend – even if he does support the notion of pineapple on pizza. I sent him a couple of questions about music that has, in a sense, soundtracked his life and now I gift his answers to you – enjoy!

1. Favourite band/artist?

This is a question that I hope the answers will stay the same to for years to come. Coldplay, closely followed by Young The Giant and Bombay Bicycle Club. All for different reasons but mainly because to me, they’ve perfected music that literally, makes you feel.

2. Favourite film soundtrack?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1, was pretty good. It’s not my all time favourite, but any movie that can reignite my love for piña coladas, is good enough for me.

3. Favourite track(s) at the moment?

“Blessed” by Daniel Caesar, “No Photos” by Kojey Radical, “Island” by Amber Run and a couple of new tracks that I’m working on myself that I’m itching to release! Might play a few new ones on tour, who knows?

4. First gig you attended?

If I’m not mistaken, it was seeing Skepta, at the Colly (Kasbah) in Coventry in 2010 or 2011, one of the two. He was on stage for 20 minutes, did three or four songs and left. There was a rumour of an afterparty he was going to be at, but I had a curfew so I couldn’t go anyways.

5. Favourite gig you’ve attended?

Matt Corby at the Roundhouse in March two years ago. Anyone who knows me knows how in love I am with that Australian God of a man and anyone who also went to that gig knows why! What he can do with a microphone is beyond me and his rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, reduced me to a sobbing mess. Best £23 I’ve ever spent.

6. First album you bought?

I’m so ashamed to say that this is the first album I ever bought because it strips away any chance I had of being cool whatsoever – but it was The Sound of Baseline 2 by Ministry of Sound. I was young and trying to impress my mates at school, don’t judge me!

7. Favourite lyric?

“Hide in a raincoat, when things are falling apart” Apartment, Young The Giant – definitely a lyric I wish I’d written, closely followed by “I never let my guard down, so why did I let it slide for you?” Tease Me, Lianne La Havas – I had to stop for a second, and really think about how much she was saying in that song and why it resonated with me in such a way.


8. Go-to karaoke song?

“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani or “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys, depending on how drunk I am and which bar in Edinburgh I’ve decided to leave my dignity in…

9. A song/artist/band that you like because of your parents?

How Will I Know” – Whitney Houston. I’ve spent many hours dancing and cooking in the kitchen with my mum to that song. To this day, I can picture her by the sink in her comfy robe & slippers, singing her heart out and just being in awe of her happiness, what a gem!

10. A song that reminds you of your childhood?

There’s a few that spring to mind, “Music Sounds Better With You” by Stardust, “Sweet Like Chocolate” by Shanks and Bigfoot & “Groovejet” by Dj Spiller ft Sophie Ellis Bextor. All top draw classics.

11. Favourite songs from your teenage years?

Aged 13 – Munich, by The Editors

Aged 16 – Heard Em Say by Kanye West

Aged 18 – Always Like This by Bombay Bicycle Club

Each of these songs represents a different part of my journey, as a musician and as a person. I remember obsessing over each of these songs, feeling like I’d discovered something brand new each time.

12. Album that changed your life?

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life. Obviously!


13. A song that reminds you of home?

Ben Howard – “Keep Your Head Up”, reminds me of all the walks from school and back every day during exam season.

14. Last song you listened to?

“Fews”Zlatan. I think this band will go on to do some amazing stuff in the future, I was a big fan the album they released last year “Means“.

Jordan Mackampa‘s most recent EP Tales From The Broken was released earlier this year in May and is available for you to listen to in all the usual places! It’s lovely, I promise. You can find Jordan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He’s also announced a full band headline tour TODAY, with dates across the UK. Tickets are available through his website from 10am on Wednesday (27/09). #TourdanMackampa.

All photos by Rory Barnes – twitter: @Rory_Barnes instagram: @rorybarnes_ facebook: @RORYBARNESPHOTOGRAPHY

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