West Yorkshire based Margo has spent the last eight years immersed in Leeds’ rich music scene.

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During this period, Margo has seen success with multiple different musical projects, such as performing across the UK and Europe with his bands Eades and Far Caspian, sharing stages with the likes of Wolf Alice, Sports Team and Benjamin Francis Left which. As well as performing and writing with his band, Margo has carved out a successful career as a producer and engineer. In 2021 he opened his basement studio in Leeds called Bam Bam Studios where he has engineered many works which have featured as BBC Radio 1’s Track of the Week, as well as receiving plays on BBC Radio 6, Radio X, KCRW and more.

Northern Revive tried to find out a bit more about the illusive social media free ‘Margo’ aka Harry Jordan

What made you want to get into music?

My Grandad and I shared a mutual interest in music and 60’s rock bands when I was growing.He would often pick me up from school blasting tunes. He brought me my first guitar and started learning bass at the same time at the age of 9!

 

What’s the writing process?

I like to lay down a beat in logic pro then jam out an instrumental. Then I will stick lyrics on at the end. Some times I like to write acoustically but most of the time I jam it out in Logic till I find something I like.

 

What comes first lyrics or music?

Music almost always.

 

What inspires you to write?

Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Clash and a lot of my current music peers who are smashing it.

 

Who has had the most influence on your music?

Lou Reed, The Clash

 

How did you all meet?

Margo is a solo recording project I do on my own.

 

Who is most annoying band member?

Myself?

 

What would be on your rider?

Lots of Guiness and Rum.

 

What other talents do you have? (kazoo player, champion toast burner….)

loosing most of my belongs in a moments notice.

 

What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?

Writing, Producing, Engineering and Mixing my band Eades debut album. Especially the mixing process.

 

Cassettes, CD, Vinyl, download or stream?

VINYL – Fuck streaming,

 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Get rid of streaming and actually add value to music again.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Never leave a song unfinished. Always try to get it to a place where it is somewhat finished (with room for improvement if necessary)

 

What’s the nicest thing ever written about you?

A journalist from So Young said Eades debut album was “unfaultable”… That was pretty cool.

 

If you could open for any band who would it be?

Velvet Underground, The Clash

 

 

What was the last track you played on Spotify? 

Forgotten Eyes – Big Thief

 

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

Alive – Adrianne Lenker, Will Toledo, Andrew Sarlo, Steve Albini, Bon Iver

Dead – Joe Strummer, Lou Reed

 

 

What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why? 

Eades headlined The Brudenell Social Club last week and it was packed! That was pretty unforgettable.

 

How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?

Eades record most of our music live!

With Margo I don’t really take it into consideration and let my imagination run wild…

 

What did you miss most about playing live in the pandemic?

Seeing how your music actually effects people. And the adrenaline rush you get from performing.

 

What’s it like to return to live gigs?

Its been unbelievable. I’m like an adrenaline junky atm!

 

What’s the scene like where you are from?

Leeds has one of the best scenes right now in the whole of the UK. Bristol would probably give us a good run for our money though to be fair…

There’s so much incredible music in Leeds though atm and its very inspiring to be at the centre of it all. My friend Dan and I are are luck enough to get to work with a bunch of different Leeds acts in our studio – Bam Bam Studios.

 

Any gigs coming up we need to know about?

Not with Margo but my other band Eades have plenty including: Great Escape, Dot2Dot, Touring with Goa Express and more.

Talk us through the new track / video 

I wrote and recorded Poor Boy and the rest of the EP in under a week in my basement studio. It was challenge I set my self to see if I could do it and this is the final outcome. I had a lot of fun making it and tried not to over think anything and keep things moving forward. I hope it shows in the end product.

Where can we find out more? 

When I started this project I made a conscious decision not to make any social media accounts for it. I make these songs as a passion project and I find the social media side of making music can often detract from the most important thing. I get a lot of joy out of making these songs I don’t want to dilute the good times by having to commit to maintaining a “strong social media presence”…

 For more info check out

 https://www.mediatracks.co.uk/artists/harry-jordan-2