Featured CPHS Artist-Soul Discharge

Natalie Herzig

What kind of music do you make?

JORDAN: We sound kind of like a big pot of sloppy, poppy, atmospheric, punk-jangle with whiney vocals.

How did you get your start?

JORDAN: I met Joe, the bassist, in 6th grade and I decided to be his drummer before I even had a drum set. However, it wasn’t until we met Logan a couple of years ago that we truly began to express ourselves. What began as choppy, two-chorded, garage-y trash turned into music that my bestest buds and I can be proud of.

JOE: I met Jordan in 6th grade and we were both into like Hippy stuff, you know? Like Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles and stuff. So he and I started jamming and writing songs which were all instrumental because we were both too scared to sing. Over the summer before ninth grade Jordan and I met Logan and we started jamming. We tried crappy blues metal at first, but we soon became  crazier and more experimental. We have been evolving ever since.

LOGAN: I was inspired to be an artist when I met Jordan and Joe, they really influenced me to be the artist I am today.


What do you consider your first artistic breakthrough? How has your music evolved since then?

JORDAN: I suppose our first “breakthrough” was when we figured out how to record ourselves with my Mac with the help of a four track mixer. It allowed us to pass out demos and get gigs downtown.

LOGAN: The moment we started playing I realized we had something special. I guess that was my first silly little breakthrough.

JOE: Soul Discharge’s first breakthrough was our first album, Gringo. That was really the first time that we created something worthwhile that had songs that we actually enjoyed. Because it was our first stab at being musicians, it’s a fairly immature album and it lacks cohesiveness. Anyways, since then we have gotten more mature, more melodic, more meaningful, and generally better in my opinion.

What other artists have influenced you and how?

JOE: Well Jordan, Logan and I are into all sorts of diverse music and we try to incorporate things from various genres and carrying levels of energy and emotions. There are too many to name, but there are definitely a few that stick out in my mind. DNA is a New Wave band that basically broke down every rule of what could be considered music while being exciting and fun to listen to. I also like Tricky for similar reasons. He makes trip-hop which is a subgenre of hip-hop.

What other things do you do for fun besides make music?

JORDAN: I am in theatre class here at this school.  I mostly do homework and hang out with my friends. I also do musical, and PNG.

JOE: I like to hang out with my girl, Bronwyn Carter, and my other friends. I enjoy other art like painting, movies, etc. And now I’m learning how to skateboard!

LOGAN: I love hanging out with my friends, reading, watching movies, and playing Gex 64 with Jordan.

What is your work process?

JORDAN: It usually begins with an idea that one of us has worked out. We flesh it out together, whether that be running through it as a band or by mending specific elements of the song. When the structure is solid and we are all on the same boat, we go record it. We set up the microphones on the separate tracks on Garage Band and kick off the pain-staking process of level setting. After like 35 torturous hours of that, we lay down the basis for the song. Over that, we over-dub guitars or violins or vocals or kazoos or burps or whatever we see fit. However this process may vary, depending on the type of the song we are doing. Over the time we have been playing together, we have learned how to adapt our writing style in different situations.

What advice would you give musicians who are just starting out?


JORDAN: Express yourself as honestly as you can, because the art that results will be unique.

LOGAN: Be yourself, be creative, have an open mind, and most importantly have fun!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

JORDAN: Maybe I’ll be a recording engineer, and if not, definitely something in the music industry. I plan on being in a band until the day I die, without concerning myself with its popularity. I will always need to express myself through music.

JOE: I’m definitely going to be making music in various musical groups and making all the kinds of different art that I can make like painting, film, etc. Maybe I’ll be an audio engineer too and I’ll be recording other bands. I think I’ll be happy.

LOGAN: I have no idea. And I like it that way.