Challenges Are Opportunities In Disguise – An Interview w/ Jordan Suckley

*written by A’Damaged Pro for Electronica Life

When do you quit setting goals for yourself? When do you say you’re satisfied with where you’re at right now? If you ask any artist, their answers will be a resounding “never.” You must always be prepared to step into the unknown and to prevail. Everything must be viewed as either an opportunity or a learning experience, whether it’s a remix request or starting your own record label.

Whether you’re remixing tracks that have been laid down by your idols or touring with some of the most notable names in the industry, progress can take many forms for an artist. The pressure will always be on to deliver, but when you are competent in what you do and determined to break through plateaus, pressure is all relative. Setting goals for yourself, that challenge you to step out of your comfort zone, are necessary to ensure that you are moving your respective craft forward. Jordan Suckley and I discuss his recent tour with Paul Oakenfold, his collaboration with Paul van Dyk, and the new label he just started.

A’Damaged Pro – Where did you grow up?

Jordan Suckley – Liverpool until I was ten, and then I moved to Ellesmere Port, which is right next to Cheshire, in the northwest of England!

A’Damaged Pro – What were your earliest musical influences and how have those tastes changed as you’ve matured?

Jordan Suckley – I used to love the old rave music and Hardcore, but then as I got older I started listening to the Cream & Gatecrasher CD’s which got me hooked!

A’Damaged Pro – When did you realize that you wanted to start making music?

Jordan Suckley – A lot of producers start at a young age, but I didn’t actually start producing until I was 23! I got signed as a DJ to an agency when i was 23, and then we decided the next step was to get stuck in production!

A’Damaged Pro – What equipment did start with?

Jordan Suckley – Some awful Gemini Vinyl Turntables!

A’Damaged Pro – Do you feel that where you’ve lived has affected your style of music?

Jordan Suckley – Yeah, I think it probably did. All of my friends were into the same music too and got me in to it!

A’Damaged Pro – Who are some artists that inspire you?

Jordan Suckley – Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, John O’Callaghan & Simon Patterson! They have all given me great advice and I look up to them!

A’Damaged Pro – How would you like your music to speak to others?

Jordan Suckley – It depends on the track, some of them I make especially to make people dance, whereas others I want them to feel the emotion!

A’Damaged Pro – Do you enjoy producing or performing more?

Jordan Suckley – Both are great, but I guess you can’t beat playing in front of a few thousand clubbers as they are going crazy!!

A’Damaged Pro – Just to mix it up…are you a cat person or a dog person?

Jordan Suckley – Cat 100%, much easier to look after!

A’Damaged Pro – You recently toured with Paul Oakenfold. Can you describe how that came to be and what this experience has been like so far?

Jordan Suckley – I had an amazing time touring with Paul. I had some tracks signed to his label recently, plus I am working on some other bits for 2014, so this was why we were linked up for the tour!

A’Damaged Pro – How did you find your personal balance when remixing Armin van Buuren’s “Who’s Afraid of 138?”

Jordan Suckley – The thing with this track was I only had a few days to get it finished within the deadline and before I went on tour in Australia, so it was a bit stressful getting this one done in time and me being happy with it! Thankfully, I was happy in the end, but I had to stay up all night!

A’Damaged Pro – Word around the campfire is that you’re starting your own record label this year. Any comments on this? What qualities will you be looking for when scouting new talent?

Jordan Suckley – Yeah my label is called “Damaged” and it’s a sublabel on Black Hole Recordings. I was surprised to see how well it’s been received and we have some HUGE artists lined up for this year already!

A’Damaged Pro – You have collaborations in the works with Paul van Dyk, Simon Patterson, and Indecent Noise right now. How would you describe the creative atmospheres and how did you guys complement one another?

Jordan Suckley – It’s always great working on collabs because you get to see how others work! We usually start by firing over some melody ideas to get started and then afterwards is when the magic happens! I think we have complimented each other with these remixes because we all make trance, but with a slightly different edge so when combined they create something different!

A’Damaged Pro – What is your dream gig?

Jordan Suckley – My original dream gig was to play Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza, which did during the summer and it was a dream come true! My next one was to play at Armin’s A State of Trance, which came true in February!!

A’Damaged Pro’s final words…

When you are invited to support a more established artist or join an additional platform for exposure, it is a genuine sign of respect. Your talent has been recognized and you have been given an opportunity, in whatever capacity the situation dictates. Harnessing the necessary skills and rising above the challenge is what qualifies a truly defining moment. Jordan Suckley is steadily powering through these moments and etching his place among the world’s electronic masters.

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Photo credit: Steven Cunniffe from Kidson Media Production