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Interview with Canadian vocalist Sass Jordan: a pioneer of powerful, gritty female-fronted rock and blues performer released her album “Rebel Moon Blues”.
How has the Blues and Rock Counterculture influenced your views of the world and the journeys you’ve taken?
I would say that those things gave me a outlet to express myself, and to know that I am not alone – and an opportunity to make others feel less alone. Music is a very healing thing, and it crosses all kinds of barriers, be they cultural or geographical.
How do you describe your sound and songbook? What characterize new album’s music philosophy?
I don’t describe my sound … I let other people do that! I have no idea, really. I just sound like me, to me. The new album’s musical philosophy is to interpret the love and joy that I want to transmit, and have a fantastic time doing it!
Which meetings have been the most important experiences? Are there any memories from gigs and studio sessions which you’d like to share with us?
I think one of the most important meetings in my life recently is getting to work with David Bowie’s piano player, Mike Garson, who is like a mentor to me on many levels. Also, working with some of my childhood idols, like Joe Cocker, and Steve Miller.
What do you miss most nowadays from the music of the past? What are your hopes and fears for the future of?
I don’t really miss anything – I think music is timeless in a lot of cases. The most important thing to me in music is the energy and intention of the people playing it.
Make an account of the case of Rock n’ Blues in Canada. Which is the most interesting period in local scene?
I’m not sure that there was any one period in particular. There are always interesting things going on, you just have to find them. Also, I don’t necessarily see music as having geographical borders.
What touched (emotionally) you from Janis’ music and life? What does to be a female artist in a Man’s World as James Brown says? What is the status of women in music?
Interestingly enough, I was never really a fan of Janis Joplin – but after I did the show of her life, I gained a huge respect and admiration for what she was dealing with, and her emotional intensity. Being a female in rock music has never been particularly easy, because it is not something that has ever been hugely popular on a large scale. I think the more aggressive nature of rock has always been more acceptable as a man, although that is changing now. Women have a far greater presence and status now than they ever did before.
What is the impact of Blues and Rock music and culture on the racial, political and socio-cultural implications?
That is difficult for me to say, as I can’t say if it was the influence of the music, or if it was the other way around. People have always used art forms as a way to comment on the culture of the day, and music is an excellent way to do it.
Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day?
WOW – cool question!!! But SO HARD to choose! I think I would love to go to the future, say the year 3000, and see what is going on musically in that time frame!!
Interview by Michael Limnios
Photos by Gernot Mangold & Derek Sharp
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