Majid Jordan – SSENSE

This musical duo that also happens to be one of my favorite artists at the moment had a  feature on SSENSE, talking about their style, music and artistic inspirations. They’ve released two singles this year, and I cannot wait what they’ll drop in 2017. 
(IMAGES AND ARTICLE COURTESY OF SSENSE)

We meet Majid Jordan late on a Tuesday night for our fitting in their rehearsal space. Accessed through a nondescript alleyway in a labyrinth of industrial warehouses on the outskirts of Toronto, the room is silent. They’re right in the middle of their marathon summer festival run, about to hit New York for Governors Ball, and they’re hyper-focused.

 

In their newest song “Phases” Majid sings: ‘All of these people and all of their names/ all of this love and all this disdain/ all of these seasons and all of this change/ dreaming of my paradise.’  The pace of festival life can be hectic, but they do it for that notion of an elusive paradise. It’s in this way that Majid and Jordan embody the dichotomy between realism and romanticism. Their music communicates the nuances of reality vs. fantasy, elements of which apply to their look, too. We’ve been playing around with a lemon yellow Rick Owens jacket, black satin MA-1 Sacai trousers, Raf’s Ozweego sneakers, and an electric blue Martine Rose anorak. Together, these brands form an aesthetic vision as multidimensional as the Majid Jordan world. Think Baz Lurhmanns’ Romeo or James Dean inRebel Without a Cause. Whether donning a Hawaiian shirt or a red Harrington jacket, both protagonists are tough, but they know something of vulnerability, too.

Majid Jordan are constantly evolving, sartorial choices notwithstanding. We discussed the complexities of the relationship between performer and aesthetics, and the guys offer some thoughts below.

 

“The details of aesthetics are the fun part. Clothes are important but they should always speak to the person who’s wearing them.”

— Majid Al Maskati

 

“If you gave Maj and I the exact same outfit we would wear it differently.”

— Jordan Ullman

 

“Jordan and I have learned over the course of this that you can’t intellectualize too many things. You can’t define too many things. Once you go into that scientific method you start losing the feeling, the improvisation, and the natural progression of things.”

— Majid

 

“That’s what in my opinion people really pick up on. If you start to lose that, people stop looking at you like an artist, and then you start to re-evaluate everything.

— Jordan

 

“As we grow, we discover the world of aesthetics, design, and art more and more. Through stylists, through people who have studied, researched, and sourced. We appreciate that because it teaches us about what we’re trying to find.”

— Majid

 

Interview & Styling: Romany Williams
Photography: Norman Wong
Special thanks to Majid Jordan’s Creative Director Jamie Webster

Follow Majid Jordan’s festival run #SSENSEOnTour

 

Majid Jordan are the new romantics. Sitting by the pool at their Airbnb in Palm Springs, they sound oddly serene for two people who are about to play to one of the biggest festival crowds in North America. “We have our own community of friends that travel with us,” says Majid. “They’re co-workers and a support system everywhere we go.” Trust and mutual respect keep them balanced with their crew and connected to their dedicated fanbase. We last caught up with the duo in 2016 just after they released their debut, self-titled album. This time around, they’re busy with a summer festival run taking them from Mexico to Montreal. They approach every live show intuitively, taking cues from one another in a constant exploration and reinterpretation of their current material. Styled by SSENSE, follow along as Majid Jordan welcome us into their world. 

 

We feel great. Coming from Mexico we have a whole new live set up and a whole new approach to our live show. We’re super excited to share it. 

— Jordan Ullman

 

Everywhere we go our eyes are open. We’re so ready to be inspired and willing to put ourselves in new positions.

— Majid Al Maskati

We’re pushing ourselves right now, just so we can show people more.
We’ve made an improvement, a progression. 

— Jordan

I think environments can definitely inspire and infiltrate your thought process. Being in Mexico City and then coming to California, there’s such a difference in the people, the culture, and the lifestyle. 

— Majid

I’m falling more in love with our older shit every day just because of how we’re approaching the live show. A lot of what people are seeing up there is very much improv, it’s me and Maj reading each other and feeling each other, having transitions that evoke different emotions. 

— Jordan

 

We have our own community of friends that travel with us, they’re co-workers and a support system everywhere we go. We each know our role, we share a lot of the responsibility. We try to be as fair as possible, to take care of one another and hear each other out. Jordan and I have shared that idea from the start. We want to get better for each other. The fact that we get to share these moments together makes it even more worthwhile. Like we’re at Coachella right now but we’re chilling by the pool with our homies, we’re not anywhere else. It’s the same world we had in Toronto, just in Palm Springs. 

— Majid

 

Interview & Styling: Romany Williams

Photography: Norman Wong
Special thanks to Majid Jordan’s Creative Director Jamie Webster

 

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