Jordan Page: I live in Annapolis which is between Baltimore and D.C., two hubs of Music. I’ve been playing music since I was 11, and always knew I wanted to be a performer. Over the past five years I started taking it really seriously, and now I’m a full time touring musician.
Ch1: Did you go to college?
JP: I went to Washington College in Maryland, where I actually had no interest in studying music. I majored in cultural anthropology and lived in South Africa for a while, working with a local township. Writing an ethnography of their way of life post-apartheid really changed and shaped my world view. When I came back to America I was a very different person. It was also a time of experimentation, but I’ve been straight-edge ever since. Africa actually cured me of that culture — when I came back, I was sober, clear and a better musician.
As an artist, I believe that the ‘eternal muse,’ God or whatever you want to call it, speaks to us and manifests itself in our art. Our bodies are the temples of our souls. When you pollute the body with chemicals, it changes the way you see the world, changes the way you can connect with the spirit. Once I got rid of that stuff, I started writing better songs and was more connected to God and my own purpose.
Ch1: When did you know you want to be a musician?
JP: Every one has a calling in life, they decide whether or not they want to pursue that calling. I never wanted to be a person up on stage talking about important things. Then I realized this is not about me. Our life is not about me, it’s about us. It’s about spiritual evolution. I believe that music is a huge catalyst for change in opening people’s consciousness to the world. It’s like fire. It’s like water. I’m using my music to affect social change and to educate people, just to get them thinking. The music I’ve been writing now, for my new album, has a very socially conscious message.
I don’t want to write political music, but I think the people in this country have become lazy and detached from the maintenance of their freedom. I do a lot of research, I read a lot, I ask a lot of questions. I try to wake people up.
Ch1: Speaking of politics, can you talk about your song “Pendulum?”
JP: I don’t stand on either side of the table, Democrat or Republican, they sit at the same table. The rivalry, Democrat and Republican and all the Independents are just trying to get in the huddle.
I’m trying to be a voice in the wilderness. It’s like trying to surf a tidal wave with a toothpick, but I’m not afraid to do that.
“Pendulum” was the catalyst that began my new path in music. I was playing a national venue for a sold out crowd a year and a half ago. I woke up from a dream, and I was just filled with anxiety about the future. I just started typing and these amazing phrases just came out of me. I read what I had written and didn’t really understand it. But everywhere I played it, I got standing ovations. Or people standing up and leaving. But at least they were standing up.
Ch1: What’s your advice for teens?
JP: To anyone in that age bracket, start thinking for yourselves. Don’t trust the hand that feeds you anymore. When you’re 15, 16, 17, you’re coming into an expansion of your own mind, you have to start making decisions for yourself and question what you’ve been taught. Don’t not be discouraged by the overwhelming nature of the enemy that we face. Change has always come from small groups of committed thoughtful citizens. Turn of MTV, turn off your TV and start reading. And protect the Internet, it’s one of the only things we have that makes the first amendment a living document.
Ch1: What are you working on now?
JP: I’m just about finished with a song called “Disappear.” I think it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever written. It’s about all the innocent people who have been caught up in all the fear surrounding the threat of terrorism. People who have been detained and held indefinitely and have no access to healthcare or lawyers, or right to not be tortured. I wrote a song because I’ve had this empathy and compassion for prisoners and for their treatment. People don’t want to hear about this because it interrupts their happy little lives, but life is going to change very soon if we don’t do something.
I love my country, music is my spirit, music is the way I practice spirituality. Ultimately what’s in my spirit is love. I care about things, I care about my family. I’m trying to take a a proactive approach to the maintenance of our freedom, and make it fun through music. I am a strong believer in fighting for positive change.