With over 200 songs written, Jordan Merrick is available for co-writing and writing music for labels, publishers and independant musicians. Offers both music and lyrics, as well as producing.
Jordan Merrick is a prolific Brisbane based songwriter available for songwriting and co-writing.
In his short three year career, he has released two EP's and two albums (one with Fugitive & The Vagabond), whose credits include:
Song Of The Year (The Wild) 2016 Gold Coast Music Awards (nominee)
#1 AMRAP Regional Charts (Gypsy Diver)
#2 AMRAP Regional Charts (You Gotta Go)
His music has been streamed over 1,000,000 times on Spotify alone, while his debut solo LP 'Night Music' has been critically praised by listeners and fellow musicians alike.
"Night Music is a work of art. While individual songs will surely stand on their own, this album is best digested as a whole. One can’t help but juxtapose it against Mozart’s ‘A Little Night Music’ to see how differently an idea can be expressed. When I look into the night, I see darkness. I hear music. I believe Jordan Merrick has, with bravery and finesse - captured the essence of darkness and beauty, intertwined."
- Byron Short
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Working with Jordan was a blast. Smooth, cool and fun. I was deeply impressed by his music and can't wait to hear what he does next.
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Awesome job with Jordan! Jordan provided a great song with clear direction, was quick to respond to messages, and overall awesome to work with!! Hope to get to work together again sometime soon! I feel very lucky to have been involved in this project!
Jord produced Daisy & The White Jackets latest release I can confidently say that working with the man is soooo eaassyyy! He’s a wealth of songwriting and industry knowledge and the finished product is only a polished gem once you can see your face staring back at you.
Interview with Jordan Merrick
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Speaking of Daisy & The White Jacket, working with Sam and the guys was very special as I first received the song in a very rough demo and from there we built a pretty incredible tune. I recorded, mixed and produced the track.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently recording my next full length release and gearing up to get back into the studio with Daisy & The White Jacket.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love analog, but digital is my preferred method. It's much more efficient and accessible. With that said, I always focus on recording a quality performance and try to avoid the short cuts digital allows you to take such as Auto tune etc. I love a raw, real sounding recording.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If I agree to work with you, you will get my best efforts. I am not too proud to admit if I am unsure, and am not accepting every job that comes my way unless I truly believe I can make a difference.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love seeing songs come to life. To be there from the idea stage all the way until it is released is incredibly rewarding.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How do you approach recording? A: as per the above, it purely depends on the song and the person/band I am recording. Do you mix and master? A: I have a mixing station, but so not master. My go to guy is Matthew Gray Mastering.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't think there is one about me in particular, but I know when I entered the world of music and recording I had very little understanding of what mixing and mastering was and how a song was recorded. Some engineers have certain ways they like to operate - personally I look at ways that will maximize the strengths of the person I'm working with.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the end goal of your recording? How can I help you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're after a fun, efficient and comfortable environment to record your music or have a great song but are unsure of the composition or the direction and want help bringing your song to life, I'm your guy. If you need help with songwriting, I have 13 years of songwriting experience and am here to help.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Gibson LG1, Princeton, MacBook, Microphone and... A boat to get back to the mainland!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been performing since 2016 and began my recording journey in 2017. It wasn't until 2019 working with Steven Schram that I realised how much I enjoyed the production side of music and have been addicted ever since. Most recently, I've produced tracks for Leonie Kingdom and Daisy & The White Jacket in my boutique home studio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Folk and Blues, but write and record anything from folk and Blues to synth pop and rock. All music is good music and I don't believe in worrying about things like genre.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It would be a dream to work with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The key to any recording is the performance. Above all else, a good performance will mean the best recording - it's easy to forget this in the world of digital music, but is absolutely key to how the end product sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, blues, rock, contemporary.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is definitely building soundscapes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I look at producing like creating a world for the story being told. The lyrics need a fitting soundscape - sometimes that is as simple as a folk song and other times it can be much more complex. I bring to a song the ability to look objectively and build soundscapes appropriately, avoiding overkill and delivering the right amount of feeling to give a song the world it deserves.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Performance is key - with that as the mantra building the song depends on the best creative process. I do a mix of live tracking and segmented tracking over bed tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My home studio is quite spacious, complete with a mixing room, tracking room, storage, private deck, couch and a record player for when you need a break. Gear wise, the studio is fitted out with a 68' Maton Saphire Delux, 93' Fender Stratocaster, 56' Gibson LG1 and Fender Princeton amplifier. Extras include plenty of percussion options and a large Kontakt library.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I was fortunate enough to record my debut album with Steven Schram and learned a great deal about production from him.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Independent musicians and bands who need guidance to get the best out of their music.