It’s baaack!! Here’s another Band Chat for all you lovely people, this time feature a local up and coming artist… Mr. Jordan Watts of 27 Days.
27 Days are a young glam rock band based in Bournemouth. These guys have been spotted on festival line-ups such as Teddy Rocks and Poole Harbour Festival to name but a few. I can assure you I am not bias at all, these guys deserve a listen to if you have a spare moment – let’s help these guys get recognised in the NWOCR community!
The band are also playing NOZFEST this year, and you can catch them before the big date at a Rock Night on the 29th March at the Heartbreakers in Southampton. Totally recommend coming down and catching them!
I have known Jordan for 2/3 years now, I’ve pretty watched him blossom into the person he is now. Jordan also plays acoustic shows around Bournemouth as a solo artist and also an acoustic duo under the name of Velvet Rose – there will be links below where you can check out some of their upcoming dates.
Have you always wanted to be a musician?
For as long as I can remember, music has always been the epicentre of my life. Growing up I never really fit in much and spent a long time searching for ‘my thing’, and when I saw musicians do what they did, I knew that was going to be me.
Who are your biggest influences?
I would have to say as a band, Guns N Roses are one of my biggest influences. I’ve always loved their music and the way they gel as musicians. They have a chemistry that you just can’t force in a line-up and its so organic. Another massive band that inspires me would be Aerosmith; Steven Tyler is a god of style and I’ve always loved his technical vocal ability. Lastly I’d have to say a big modern influence of mine is The Darkness, because I think they just sum up the tongue in cheek aspect of rock that I love and are one of the few modern bands flying the flag for rock!
Do you have any tips for other young musicians who are looking to go down the same path?
My Two tips are; 1. NEVER give up, because it will get hard and there will be times when this business kicks you down to your knees, but as long as you hold on to the love for it and the fire for it that you had when you first picked up and instrument, you will be fine. Tip number 2: you need to dedicate yourself 100% to music as a career if you want to do it because otherwise it wont happen for you, as cliché as it sounds, it really is a lifestyle not a career.
What is your favourite song, of your own, to play live?
My favourite song to play is either our brand new single ‘Dead Man Walking’ because the parts blend really nicely and it has a lot of energy, or the ballad on our album called ‘Stay Close To Me’ as this song has some of the highest notes in it I’ve ever sung and is an homage to a lot of the classic power ballads I love.
What is your personal greatest achievement in music so far?
That’s a difficult question to answer! I mean personally one of my greatest achievements in my eyes is the development of my voice to build a rock tone that I love! With my band I’m very proud to say that the great Bernie Marsden, former guitarist of Whitesnake, said he really likes our album so that was cool!
Do you think that image plays an important part when it comes to performing live?
I think image is incredibly important to create the whole aura of an artist, and the way I dress I think is and indicator of that. When I turn up for a gig, you KNOW I’m in the band, and that’s the way it should be.
You’re heavily influenced by the 1980’s. Is there a particular reason for that?
I think the 80’s for me is one of my favourite periods because it was a time of decadence, and it was about using music to escape your worries and I think that is important. Also the 80’s hard rock bands just have a swagger that I think is lost to a lot of today’s bands, and unfortunately I think the 80’s was one of the last great eras for rock (though I aim to change that.)
What is your favourite thing about performing live on stage?
I love the buzz of having a whole crowd in the palm of my hands, and I think its a real thrill to have a whole bunch of people singing my songs!
If you could host a dinner party, with any musicians (dead or alive), who would you invite and why?
Now that’s difficult! I think firstly I’d want Slash there because he’s just such a nice guy and a big inspiration to me, then I think I’d have Keith Richards, because he’s just the archetypal god of rock n roll, and lastly I’d have Stevie Nicks there, because not only is her style very inspiring to mine, but I’ve also always had a massive crush on her!
Your favourite album of all time?
Appetite. For. Destruction. No questions, that is my favourite album ever, as it just has tune after tune on it and it really saved true rock and roll from the over saturation of cheesy pop metal in the late 80’s! Second to that would be the Purple Rain album by Prince, because sonically its a masterpiece and purple is a colour I’ve always related to.
How do you find inspiration for your songs?
It’s so subjective really; sometimes I’ll be on a mission to write a song with a specific message, but if I want to really tap into my creativity, my favourite place to go is a quiet, and secret little beach house my family own down in Cornwall. It’s lovely there and at the right time of the year you have the whole beach to yourself.
What is your favourite song to cover and why?
My favourite song to cover is Purple Rain, because for whatever reason, I really really resonate with that song. The whole thing is a masterpiece, from the gently chorused guitar to the soft strings. The message is just everything I stand for.
Do you have any funny stories from being on the road?
Well, I’m in a rock band, so I could incriminate myself to all sorts of hysterically dreadful things we’ve done on the road! In the studio when we were recording our album, me and the lead guitarist Steven, made our drummer Phil a ‘Hot Chocolate’. He thought it was just a normal hot chocolate but we’d secretly put crushed up Viagra in it and within half an hour he was having some serious genital issues haha!
What do you feel is your most iconic stage outfit – for yourself?
That is a difficult question because I wear all sorts of strange, flamboyant items of clothing! My favourite pair of jeans are my flares! I love anything with a flared leg or flared sleeve! I also have a feather hair clip I wear alot! Jewellery wise I have a few items that are always on me; two rings I really love and a gothic crucifix necklace I’m rarely seen without. My favourite thing to pair that with is a blue and black tiger print satin gown I bought in Camden, and I’m also usually wearing some New Rock cowboy boots!
Name 3 bands you think everyone should check out:
Well first, I hate to be that guy, but 27 DAYS. Our new single ‘Dead Man Walking’ is out on all platforms now and we’re starting to get it picked up by people so have a listen!Secondly I think everyone should check out a Liverpool band called Ashen Reach. We toured with them a while back and as well as being a lovely bunch of guys, they can always be counted on to provide a scathing blast of hard rock!
Lastly everyone should definitely check out one of my favourite hair metal bands from the 80’s called Cinderella! Tom Keifer’s voice is astounding and I recommend: ‘Love’s Got Me Doin Time’ if you want a song with some groove, or ‘Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone’ if you want a good old 80’s power ballad!
Don’t forget to check both myself and Jordan out on our social media pages :
INSTAGRAM – JodieBowie
INSTAGRAM – Jordan Watts
FACEBOOK – JodieBowie
FACEBOOK – 27 Days
WEBSITE – Nozfest
WEBSITE – 27 Days
I hope you guys have enjoyed this band chat, and have hopefully found some inspiration! Don’t forget to check out my previous band chat with Sam Millar of Bigfoot.
Have a fabulous day!
Jodie x ❤ x
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