Jordan Chavous is a Jersey based, freelance bass player. Since graduating from Eastern University in 2015, Jordan has gone on to perform around the country and be featured on various recording projects. Additionally, Jordan is the host and creator of the podcast, Convos with Jordan Chavous, not streaming on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Growing up listening to artists such as James Brown, The Jackson 5, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, the bass guitar always stood out to a young Jordan Chavous. His love for the instrument reached new heights upon listening to virtuosic bass players, such as Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten. This prompted Jordan to pick up the bass in his sophomore year of high school. After a decade of study and performing, he has never looked back.
Since graduating from Eastern University, in Pennsylvania, Jordan has gone on to perform around the country and be featured on various recording projects. One of his highlights includes playing on live television twice alongside Philadelphia artist, Danni Peace, on the Central Pennsylvania show, Good Day PA! From jazz to pop, rock, gospel, and CCM, Jordan continues to be an in demand bass player for performances and recording sessions across the U.S. His music friends call him “The Chef” due to his innate ability to create infectious basslines in his performances.
In addition to all things bass, Jordan is equally passionate about bringing creative people together. Through building a community and having artistically focused conversations, Jordan hopes to support and encourage like-minded creatives. Jordan is happily married, currently residing in New Jersey with his wife, LaTasha.
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Interview with Jordan Chavous
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Two things: one being a recent single I recorded bass on this past Spring with Jason McGovern called "Come On, Nero". Second being my podcast "Convos with Jordan Chavous", which I'm eager to continue to develop!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I'm working on recording, editing, and mixing my own podcast. It's been a long, but great experience! Additionally, I've been recording bass tracks for artists and friends by request.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm usually asked if
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I make it look easy. It's certainly not!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What the project entails, what sort of sound they're looking for, and how much they're willing to pay.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a vision for what you want and what you want it to sound like.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Definitely a bass, a laptop, audio interface, and the a good book to read, and a sleeping bag.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing for a decade, but have been playing professionally for the last 7-8 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A mix of soul and jazz, with some funk thrown in for good measure.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber, and Andra Day because they're all dope vocalists and seem like real cool people!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have nice, isolated space to record and mix. Being in an environment where you're able to hear well is vital.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, CCM, jazz, and Gospel.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Adaptability: I am a quick learner when it comes to songs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my own distinct feel to every song I do. I try to not play so much that it completely overshadows the artist's vision. I more so try to strike a balance between playing something unique but also playing something that serves a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually do multiple takes when it comes to tracks. Between 2 and 3, with more depending on what the client wants. Usually takes about a few hours for me to go through songs, Sometimes a day or 2 depending on the project. For editing and mixing a podcast, about 1-2 weeks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an iMac with a Scarlett audio interface, a Rode NT USB Mic, Yamaha studio speakers, and an M-Audio 47 keys MIDI controller keyboard.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: From a bass perspective, definitely greats like Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, and Jaco Pastorius. I'm not really a producer, but absolutely loooovvveeee the works of Hip-Hop producers like J Dilla and 9th Wonder.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The bulk of my work consists of tracking songs or playing live for artists on bass.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think both have their strengths, but for the sake of ease, I prefer digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will get my absolute best with whatever you hire me for. At the end of the day,I want YOU to sound good.
Q: What do you like most about your job?