Jordan’s schedule these days includes stops in New York, Japan and London, but his reputation has been built on almost two decades of relentless work closer to home. As resident and promoter at Belfast’s weekly party The Night Institute, and before that a curator of the city’s not-quite-legal late-night parties, Jordan has played many roles within his local scene alongside the countless hours behind the decks. It has afforded him a legitimacy that is becoming a rarity in the electronic music community, placing him at odds with the common thirst for overnight success stories.
Having released on Permanent Vacation, Correspondent, Phantasy, Cormac’s Polari label and his own Nocturne imprint and with support from HÖR, Boiler Room, Mixmag LAB, Feel My Bicep, Ninja Tune Solid Steel, AVA Festival, Beats In Space, Truants, DJ Mag, BBC Radio 1’s Peak Time Mix and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC Radio 6 – it’s easy to see why Jordan is hailed as one of Ireland’s finest contemporary electronic music artists. His best-selling Nocturne Edits and original studio offerings have found support from everyone from Erol Alkan and Midland to Peggy Gou and The Blessed Madonna.
Jordan’s local reputation has seen him evolve from throwing hush hush parties in noodle bars and art galleries to respected luminary in a number of years. The Night Institute (co-founded alongside close friend and collaborator Timmy Stewart) has developed something of a cult following since its inception in 2015. Fiercely independent, the party can command crowds from one hundred to one thousand across various trusted venues, and has a strong focus on breathing new life into the industrial outskirts of Belfast. In the past the The Night Institute welcomed guests such as Roman Flugel, Optimo, Maurice Fulton and Kornel Kovacs, but recent years have seen the party go right back to basics. With a strong focus on its residents and its loyal community; TNI rebels against extortionate door prices, extravagant riders and superstar DJs, with the belief that club culture should be accessible, freeing and inclusive to all.
Recent months have seen an increasingly busy tour diary, taking in Romania, Copenhagen, Lithuania Berlin and the legendary Pikes in Ibiza, as he continues to bring the peak-time, distinctly Belfast energy to the masses. Years have been spent on dingy dancefloors – where Jordan continues to feel most at home – and despite his successes, he refuses to buy into the corporate pull factors of the contemporary club circuit. Instead, he’s choosing to do what he’s always done - bringing diverse crowds of people together on dancefloors, building a community spirit and creating memories that will last a lifetime. From Belfast, With Love.