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SPOTLIGHT ON JORDIE IRELAND

Crying At This Party is out now!

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Australian songwriter and producer Jordie Ireland has treated us with his new single, Crying At This Party, teaming up with Norwegian artist bby ivy. We caught up with the musician to chat about the track, his artistry and so much more!


With classical training in six instruments, Ireland shifted his attention to producing after witnessing a live set by the late great Avicii, recontextualising his training and experience into a new musical path. His 2017 ARIA Gold certified single Take Cover, earned him a legion of fans, before teaming up with Tyron Hapi in 2020 on the Gold certified Make You Mine and returning late last year with You're Not Mine.



Could you tell us a bit about your background in music and what led you to pursuing a career in music?


I started my music journey way back when I was a youngster. I lived in a house where there was constantly different music being played in each room. Whether it was the Bee Gees or AC/DC in my parents cars or Kendrick Lamar and Blink 182 from my brother’s rooms. Naturally I experimented with learning multiple instruments and was actually classically trained in 5 or 6 of them by the time I was 11. It wasn’t until I was 14 at an underaged music festival that I realized, after watching the late great Avicii, that it was possible to turn all of this knowledge into a career. 10 years later here I am :)




Your new single Crying At This Party is out in the world! What inspired the conceptual nature of the song?


The whole premise of this track was to try and encapsulate the idea of walking away from someone in a relationship when you realize it isn't right. Despite all of the complex feelings that come with a breakup, the song is about trying to put your best foot forward and being happy that it happened in the first place.




You enlisted emerging Norwegian artist bby ivy on the track. What drew you to working with bby ivy?


When I first heard Ivy’s voice I was automatically blown away by her tone. For me, her voice is an amalgamation of all of the most incredible voices you hear in pop music. Once this song was written, my team sent the song straight to Ivy and luckily enough, she liked the song as much as we did and the rest is history!




Is there a particular line or lyric from the song you’re most proud of, or one that you return to more often than the rest?


To be honest, lyrically this song as a whole means a lot to me and my personal story. If I had to chose one particular lyric which moves me more than the rest it would be the line “fell out of love in August, It’s October”. Despite being such a simple lyric, it fully represents the feelings I went through during a breakup, and describes the nature in which breakups can evolve over time.




The release arrives alongside an official visual. Talk us through your process when it comes to conceptualising the visuals and imagery surrounding your music…


For me, the most important part of a visual asset is ensuring that the lyrics, which we take so much care in perfecting, are well represented. For this music video, it made sense to recreate a scene that directly encapsulated the lyrics and storyline of this track and I think the director/producer, Tobias Froystad, did an incredible job of doing just that.




How did you arrive at the sonic realm your music exists within?


The most recent and also upcoming releases are super pivotal in showing the way in which my music has evolved since my first release, Take Cover. Obviously, I am super proud of the music I have made and released in the past however after a year-long break from releases, I started to realize that the music I was releasing didn't fully fulfill the complex songwriting vision that I had always wanted to achieve from the start of my career. These songs that are now coming out, I feel, are much closer to that end goal.




Will fans be able to catch you on tour, and what can audiences expect from one of your live shows?


Despite being a Producer/Artist, I’ve always been attracted to performing my music more in a live, band like, manner. I’m hoping after this project has been fully released I'll be able to show everyone just what that looks like and I can’t wait to bring my visions to life.



RAPID FIRE


Biggest influences?

As a whole, Avicii.

More recently, LAUV, Jeremy Zucker, Gayle and Tate Mcrae.


Dream collaboration?

Tate McRae or Carlie Hanson.


Album that has had the most impact on you?

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City.


How do you define your musical style in 3 words?

Edgy, Relatable, Fresh.


Best song of 2022 so far?

What Would You Do - Tate McRae.


If you could create the soundtrack for any film, which one would it be?

Any teenage, coming of age, movie.


Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus?

Has to be Miley for me.


What was the first song you loved to sing?

Rocket Man - Elton John.


A song you would love to cover on tour?

Happier Than Ever - Billie Eilish.


Album you would listen to on repeat on a road trip?

Quinn XCII - The Story of Us / MGK - Tickets To My Downfall.


First concert you went to?

AC/DC reunion tour.


Best concert you have been to?

Kanye West in Sydney.


First album you ever bought?

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City.


Would you rather be a Spice Girl or a Backstreet Boy?

Backstreet Boy.


Guilty music pleasure?

Big Country music fan…


If you could support any artist on tour, who would it be?

The Kid Laroi or Tate Mcrae.


An artist you think has had the most influence on the music industry.

Of recent times, it would have to be an artist that made their big break on TikTok, Like Olivia Rodrigo.


What advice would your current self, give your future self, for a year from now?

Celebrate all the wins, no matter how small.


The moment you knew you wanted to be a musician?

At 14, seeing Avicii perform for a crowd of thousands.



Crying At This Party is out now!