From rural Indiana to Nashville, singer-songwriter and rock artist Jordan Brooker releases an anthemic and conceptual single entitled "Lowlights."
Being consumed by the sounds of mid-late 90s and early 00s alt-rock sparked Jordan Brooker's passion for pursuing music. After moving to Nashville to hone in on his country sound, Brooker had an itch to get back into his rock roots, inspired by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Soundgarden, Third Eye Blind, and Augustana.
Fueling our fire with his recent single, "Lowlights," Jordan Brooker blasts through our speakers with a rich rock atmosphere through his dense and heavy instrumentals. While singing a lyrical message of living life in the fast lane and not taking time to stop and smell the roses, Brooker reminds us to take it down a notch from time to time.
Hitting play on "Lowlights," the song opens with a grungy rhythm guitar that drops into a sweltering instrumental through powerful drum breaks, exhilarating electric guitars, and a thick bass line. As Jordan Brooker groves his way in, he reminds us that the more we try to savor a moment with our phones and cameras, the more we're missing in the exterior world.
We get the feeling that this song is somewhat of an anti-social media track, especially when Jordan Brooker emphasizes how we get so consumed in our personal lives that we're missing the opportunities that pass us by. As the riveting instrumentals carry us to the outro, Jordan Brooker reminds us to be more aware of our surroundings and live in the moment.
Listen and sing along to Jordan Brooker's stompin' new single, "Lowlights," here.
What an exciting and engaging single you've released with "Lowlights." What inspired your conceptual lyrical content within this track?
This song was just a title for a really long time before it was a song. It sat in the notes on my phone for over a year and I could never quite put my finger on what it was supposed to be until I was talking to my dad one day. He mentioned something very mundane or ordinary that he was doing as a "lowlight" (as opposed to a highlight) and the idea clicked with me in an instant. It's all about the fact that our lives are made up of mostly ordinary moments that we often overlook but that's where most of life happens. Shoutout to my dad for (unknowingly) helping me with that idea. (haha).
What was your songwriting process like with Wesley Steed for "Lowlights?" Do you often collaborate with Steed on your songwriting?
My and Wes' co-writing relationship is a relatively new one but as soon as we got in the room together, I knew we were going to be writing songs together for a very long time. Lowlights was actually the first thing we had ever written. The chorus fell out of the air in an instant, like honestly in 15 minutes or so. I think we took one other session to polish up the verses. I think Wes and I complement each other really well in the writer's room. We definitely complement one another's strengths and weaknesses in a really cool way.
What was your creative process like when navigating the instrumentals' tone and feel in "Lowlights?" What atmosphere did you want the instrumentals to offer?
I'm a huge fan of 90's and 2000's rock/alt-rock so the tones and stuff I usually shoot for sound a lot like a live rock and roll show. On stage, I just plug straight into an amp, no-frills. That being said, I have an amazing band who are all world-class musicians. I usually work up demos on my own and then they help me elevate it to the next level when we get in the studio. I love being surrounded by musicians that are so much better than me. It inspires me to be better at what I do. I knew the atmosphere of this song needed to be MASSIVELY energetic. It's a celebration of life's unsung moments so I thought the song needed to celebrate them loudly. And I'm always looking for more energy in the live set, something for me and the audience to feed off of.
What do you hope your audience takes away from your lyrical content in "Lowlights?" What impact do you want the song to make on your listeners?
I hope the song helps people appreciate the everyday stuff. All of the quieter moments. That's where we grow as people and it's really easy to overlook the value of that. I also hope it gives people an idea of what I care about. At this point in my life, I really just care about love and connection. I care about seeing every moment come and go and appreciating it for what it is, not what it could be. I'm writing music that I hope relates to people so that I can get out in front of them and connect with them. I really just love people. I love music and I love people.
What's next for you?
Next for me would be more music and more shows. That's what life is about for me now. The momentary bliss of creating, performing, connecting, and reflecting. Whatever stage of the process I'm in I want to be fully engaged in that part of it and use it as an avenue to love whoever is in front of me.