Galore Crush: Julian Jordan Talks His Stolen Track, New Artists & His Own DJ Crush
The only thing better than dancing your ass off in a club? Realizing that the DJ you’re jamming to is a total hottie! Julian Jordan is a DJ from The Netherlands who was signed to Spinnin’ Records straight out of high school. He was mentioned as an MTV ‘Artist To Watch’ last year, and after seeing him tear up the DJ booth in Miami during music week, we’d have to agree! We chatted with Jordan about how he got discovered, his DJ crush, and more. Check it out, below.
How do your older relatives react when you try to explain EDM to them?
I tried to explain to my Dad how I produce music, and now he’s a fan. He’s been listening to a lot of it while he’s jogging, so it’s really funny to see him listening to artists that I showed him. If I tell my Grandma about EDM, she’s like “oh yeah, I hear your sound.”
Where do you usually draw inspiration from?
All kinds of things, I find inspiration in the weirdest moments. I was just playing my set and I had a song idea pop up in my head, so I had to make sure to get it on my phone. When I stopped playing, I grabbed my phone and was singing into it. I like to walk around and get some fresh air, that’s always good to get new ideas. It’s one of the best ways to get inspiration because you’re not in the studio staring at a screen feeling like you need to come up with a song.
When you are spending a long day in the studio, what are some essentials you need?
I drink a lot of coffee, so that’s the number one priority. I don’t need a lot of things, I just have my studio at home with my computer, good speakers, the walls are soundproof so that’s good. I just need my imagination, and coffee.
What’s the biggest difference between The Netherlands and America?
Well when I was going to the US for the first time, I was really shocked at how big everything was, it felt like I was in a movie. I was going to New York for the first time so I was like “wow, these places are all from movie scenes,” and everything seemed fabulous. It’s really funny to see such a small country as Holland vs. something as big as the US. There’s also a big difference with cultural things. In places like Amsterdam the buildings are really old, and New York has a lot of modern buildings.
We saw that you posted your Snapchat name on Instagram a couple weeks ago, have you received any crazy snaps?
I get a lot of tracks from fans. They give me a track and say, “what do you think of this one?” I can’t really tell from my phone because I can’t hear the bass or anything. It’s really funny how many young producers there are right now, I hear a different one every day. It’s really cool.
What advice would you give to a young producer?
Not to follow the hype. If you listen to the Beatport Top 10, there will always be people who follow the sound. But if you just create your own thing, you will get recognized rather quickly because you’ll have your own signature sound. I think labels are really searching for that. Artists respect artists who have their own signature sound. I think it’s really important because if a DJ plays it you can tell “oh this is a Julian Jordan tune” or “this is a Nicky Romero tune.” Nowadays, if you look at Oliver Heldens, he really has a signature sound and he’s blowing up because of that sound.
In what country have you encountered the craziest fans?
I do have a lot of fans in Mexico and Japan and Asia. Spain is really crazy right now.
What are some of the best and worst things about always being on the move?
Worst thing is traveling. I really love playing in front of a crowd, but being in a plane the whole time and being tired – I wish there was a way to travel at a really fast pace.
Who’s your DJ crush?
I think Diplo is one of the main inspirations for me because he’s doing so many different things. That’s what I love about an artist. He can produce a different genre or style every day, that’s how I want to be.
Have you ever had sex to one of your own mixes?
No, not yet.
What’s a key element that you think has contributed to your success as a DJ?
My track actually got stolen and released under a different name. So I wrote to the media about it and I said “yo my track is stolen.” A big dutch media released the story about it, and Spinnin saw the story on the website so they contacted me saying “send your next track to us.”
On an off day, how are you relaxing?
Sleeping a lot, like 12 hours. Going outside, chilling with friends. I’m not seeing them a lot so I try to get with them when I can.
Have you ever hooked up with a fan?
No, because I’ve had a girlfriend for two years.
Blondes or Brunettes?
Miami or LA?
Tits or Ass?
Whiskey or Tequila?
Whiskey! I hate Tequila. I hate whiskey too, but if I had to choose. I really like Vodka and Beer.