How did you get started as a musician?
In grade 8, my mother forced me to take band class. I rocked the trombone. And also, I hated it. I made a pact with her that if I could quit, I would start guitar lessons. My guitar teacher was this '80s hair metal fellow who wore polyester shirts unbuttoned halfway down. I remember he said once "You're not too bad at this music thing, don't give up on it." Around that time I started writing songs, and loved it a lot.
How would you describe your sound?
I usually tell people that it's indie-folk. I'm not sure how accurate that is, because I think folk music is music that is stripped down and bare-bones; music of the people. I think my music is acoustic guitar-based pop that explores ambience. That sounds super dorky though. So indie-folk it is.
Why does Calgary need you?
Calgary doesn't need me as much as I need it! The community of musicians and artists in Calgary totally astounds and constantly encourages me, and people are just so darned loyal and supportive! I love it. If I have something to offer, it's to be a part of that community, to offer it another voice and be a good friend to other folks who love art.
Where will you be in five years?
I would love to be doing this as my full-time job. I would love to have traveled a whole lot more, and read a lot more books. As for location, I really have no idea! I tend to migrate a lot. Calgary still feels like home though, so I think it's a safe bet.
with exerpts from FastForward http://www.ffwdweekly.com/calgary-blogs/stranger-in-the-alps/2010/08/17/your-band-here-jordan-klassen-507/