Exclusive Interview With Singer/Song writer Jorden Ness AKA NESS

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Coming straight out of The HOLY CITY Jorden has made waves all over the lowcountry ! Jorden Ness is a singer , songwriter and  is dropping his debut mixtape entitled FOLLY (Fear Of Living Life You) this summer 2014.

Also, Ness has been dropping single projects and his latest EP entitled “The Mind Open” which features a collaboration of local artists such as Eric Fisher, Shalom, and Taylor Sweat.


WHERE WE STAND CHARLESTON snagged an #Exclusive #Interview  on the making of his latest Music video Release 

“When I SMOKE”

Filmed right here in Charleston South Carolina!  When i smoke is a mix or R&B rap with a touch of a California vibe, perfect for just chillen by the beach, cruising around town and ohh yeah Smoking !


WWS:  What made you realize that music was your path?

J.N: Music was everywhere. I remember my mom always singing along to 90’s music and I would find myself at pre-school singing the songs. My older brother introduced me to hip-hop at a very young age. It was mostly rock-infused like Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Sublime. He was also a huge Eminem fan. I guess it was something that always came naturally. By the time I was 10 I was singing every day and was hired to perform at the Charleston Stars (a local talent group that covered Billboard songs and performed live shows once a month, changing genres and creating visual shows for audiences as big as 500 ppl. I was the youngest by a solid 20 years) At age 11 I actually recorded my first full length EP called “People and Places” and made 500 copies some of which are still floating around Charleston haha. Covering everything from the Jackson 5 to Billy Gillman. Music is a part of me and there’s no escaping it. I would love to get paid to do it obviously, but I will always make music, it’s my stress reliever. There’s no better feeling than to know my music will live forever, and I don’t know why that’s so appealing.

WWS: What was the process behind “When I Smoke” How long did it take you to finish that song and produce the video?

J.N: Honestly I wrote that track in like 15 minutes. I was talking to this girl that I just met, she seemed pretty legit, she was a elementary teacher, super sexy and intelligent. I assumed she had a good judgment of character but before she even got to really know me she over reacted when I told her I smoked weed on a regular basis. Its something that I’ve done for years, and I don’t plan on changing. It doesn’t define me, it clears my mind and expands my horizons with music, and honestly with life in general. So fuck it just get high man. Plenty more fish in the sea lol The video took 2 days total and we shot in my apartment and downtown Charleston on a very secret dope ass rooftop, cant tell you where its at bruh. Shout out Envious.

WWS: Do You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

J.N: Hell yea I write my own music, I’ve been doing it since high school and I’ve realized there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Just write when you feel it. Inspiration comes when you aren’t looking for it. That’s when the best music is made. The best part about writing is when you come up with something out of the box, after all that’s what makes you a music ARTIST right? Being different.

WWS: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

J.N: I would describe it as melodic. Sure you can say I’m a hiphop artist because I can rap my ass off, but if you listen you’ll understand. My songs have meaning. Occasionally you have to conform to get play, but fuck it that’s just business.


WWS: Who are your biggest musical influences?

J.N: Sublime, bob marley, bone thugs, three six mafia

WWS: What makes your music unique?

J.N: I think the fact that I don’t sound like any other “artist” from Charleston is pretty dope. That in itself should be enough reason to listen to my music haha but on a serious note, what makes my music unique is that I’m really just an every day guy, telling my story. I’m not claiming to be something I’m not.

WWS: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?

J.N Not yet. The day I book my first flight to start a tour will be that moment.

WWS: What’s next for you?

J.N: The Billboards Charts.

WWS: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

J.N: “You get what you put in, and people get what they deserve” – Kid Rock

WWS: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

J.N: That’s a hard question. I would have to say Ariana Grande only because I know I’m smashing if that happens haha

WWS: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

J.N: Dope, Chill, Soulful, Sexy, Crazy.

WWS: If I was to turn on your iPod right now, what five artists/songs would I see on your recently played list?

J.N: Daft Punk – Something About Us Njomza- High Sublime- Garden Grove YONAS ft Moosh & Twist – Rollercoaster Mac Miller – Colors & Shapes