Murray Bridge musician spins beats in industry

Big future: Jordan Portarianos is making impressions with his unique electronic music mixes.
Big future: Jordan Portarianos is making impressions with his unique electronic music mixes.

A MURRAY Bridge teenager is attracting the attention and ears of the music industry for his electronic dance music mixes.

Jordan Portarianos, 16, said he was shocked when an Australian music management company called him earlier this year and offered him a contract.

"I actually cried I was just that happy, it was unreal," he said.

"It was completely random - I put up one of my mixes on SoundCloud and they heard it.

"It's basically a dream; I didn't think I would go far with it."

Jordan's former plans to become a plumber after finishing school have been put on the backburner after Elite Management - the company that has managed the likes of Kisschasy, Jimmy Barnes and Eskimo Joe - signed him up.

The year 11 student has always had an interest in music, but had never considered it as a potential career.

When his stepbrother, who is a DJ in Perth, came to visit three years ago, Jordan's interest in electronic music grew.

"I saw what he was doing and had an immediate interest," he said.

Jordan has performed as his stage name Jordan Jay at The Station, Rock the Pool, and in the church choir.

He also taught himself the didgeridoo as a youngster.

"My music brings something to the table that's different, that can change people," he said.

"My phrase is if you can dream it, you can live it, so dream big,"

Jordan

As part of the year-long contract, Jordan will participate in an artist development program in New South Wales to explore and develop his music, create a press pack for potential clients and attend this year's Australian Recording Industry Association awards in Sydney.

Jordan's mother, Lisa, was thrilled for her son and looked forward to attending the ARIA Awards with him.

"I think it's awesome and I want him to have the opportunity and we'll do whatever we can to support it," she said.

"Jordan is quite creative when it comes to music."

Director and artist manager of Elite Artist Management, Claye O'Connor, agreed.

"We saw that there was potential there and he's got a pretty bright future ahead of him," he said.

"He's the youngest talent on our books.

"He's so close to Adelaide that this could open up many doors for him; his career opportunity is endless."

While it may be an honour and a thrill, Jordan admits it won't be easy juggling his music, schoolwork and part-time job.

"It'll definitely be hard," he said.

"I found myself last term working more on my music than schoolwork."

Jordan is not too sure what the future holds but said he would love to one day perform at big music festivals in Miami and around Australia.

"My phrase is if you can dream it, you can live it, so dream big," he said.

In the meantime, Jordan will complete year 12 next year before taking some time to follow his dreams, and in his words, party.

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