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Rivah Jordan (of Sound Killaz) previously EARL J of Lotek Hifi a.k.a Jordan Bailey.
Tradition is defined as the passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication. Suprising then it is not, that a son may follow in the footsteps of his father, especially when the element of culture is one of vocal expression. All 3 of Jack Radics sons will readily display their talent for crafting lyrics and melodies to create a listening experience with both rehearsed pieces and off the cuff freestyles, the elder two of them teaming up to form the group Sound Killaz. The younger of that pair being Rivah Jordan, Soundkillaz vocalist, producer and beatmaker.
Kingston has been his home since returning to Jamaica, the place where he grew up and can recall his earliest of childhood memories, in 2006. He lived in London England, the place he was born for 10 years before, and it was here that his musical journey began. Most of his life he has spent between the 2 places.
Music was not always the focus for Rivah Jordan, who used to play basketball for England at under 16 level, and it was around the age of 16 music began to be the focus of his attention. First writing lyrics and then making rhythms, which led to engineering and mixing. The requirements of the modern day musician coupled with advances in technology since his fathers era of making music, gave way for the opportunity to begin building his own studio, something which in times gone by may have been near impossible. Since returning to Jamaica with his studio, he has achieved his dream of recording artists such as his Father Jack Radics, Anthony Red Rose, Mykal Rose and many other artists including Prezident Brown, whose "Do Thy Work" Ep will be released on Sound Killaz Music.
Kingston being what Rivah Jordan calls "The Mecca" of Reggae music, is the place where he has worked with producers like Reggae Legends Sly and Robbie, Fatta "Fat Eyes" Marshall, Fattis "X-Terminator" Burrell, "Computer" Paul Henton and Jack Scorpio amongst others.
Rivah Jordan is still working with his brother as Sound Killaz making albums, as well as having done work in the Jamaican music video industry with Ras Tingle and his TD films, and the likes of Ras Kassa to name a few. Working on videos for artists such as Taurus Riley and many others.
Working as SoundKillaz with his brother they been shooting and directing their own videos since around 2004 when they shot the "Ride On" video, which happened to be their first, Lonely and Farmer Joe from the Album "JA RYDAZ" followed an incredible
5 years later in 2009, although they were shot in 2007. Rivah Jordan puts this down to life's journeys and having to relocate the studio in 2008, also they have previously worked with the BBC.
Now he is filming an editing music videos and footage for his most recent endeavour: Sound Killaz TV. The first music video was released in October 2011 and featured italian regaae icon Fido Guido, performing the single "A Tutte Vanne" from his latest album.
All that as well as taking many pictures, some of which have already appeared on the front of Jamaican newspapers.
In 2011 alone Rivah Jordan has performed in many countries, his most memorable performance in Jamaica being alongside his father at Rebel Salute, which he said was a very good start to the year and a sign of things to come. His collaboration with Prezident Brown has taken him from the shores of California, to Denver and many other states on the western coast of the U.S.A. and the summer brought on The Chiemsee Reggae Festival in Germany, as part of Prezident Brown and U Brown's European Summer Tour, which also visited Switzerland and other countries in Europe.
Raffo Fest in Taranto saw Rivah Jordan perform in front of a crowd of over 10,000 alongside Fido Guido, who he did many other festivals and shows with in the southern part of Italy, to add to some solo appearances where booked to Headline as Rivah Jordan.
In his words music is a mission and not a competition and he looks forward to carrying on the tradition that has been handed down to him as best he can, continuing to uphold the values his father taught him, which state that Music is supposed to inform, educate and entertain.
Collaborations include : Sly and Robbie, Jack Radics, Anthony Red Rose, Mykal Rose, Governo Sombra, Foriegn Beggars, Fido Guido, Lotek Hifi, New Flesh, Part 2, Roots Manouvre, Dolby D, The 1 Shanti, Dum Dum Project, Henry P, Marcus I , Everton Chambers, G.S.D Krew and Prezident Brown to name a few.
Rivah Jordan has performed in : Sheperd Bush Empire, the Jazz Cafe, The Forum and Cargo to name a few venues in London, also in Brighton, Oxford, Great Yarmouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, California, Utah, Denver, Munich, Cologne, Oslo,
Geneva, Rome, Bologna,Pescara, Taranto, Lecce, Porto, Amsterdam and Negril to name a few places...
Performed alongside or opened up for : Jack Radics, Governo Sombra, Joseph Hill, Prezident Brown, Tony Rebel, Toots and the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Queen Ifrica, Fido Guido, Mama Marjas, Moddi, Lotek Hifi, New Flesh, Roots Manouvre, Mavado
TY, Talib Kweli, Foriegn Beggars , Marcus I, Sanjay, Rootz Underground, Mutabaruka, Swallow, DubbleEdge, Skrein, SkinnyMan, Klashnekoff, Focused Few, Raymond Wright, Pure Love Sound, Zakalicious, TLD Krew and Mad Kid to name a few
DJ magazine, IDJ magazine, Vibe magazine, Gargamel magazine, Future Music magazine, Pride magazine,Touch magazine, Hip Hop Connection and Search magazine as well
as other magazines.
Recieved airplay in the UK, U.S.A, Jamaica [Irie fm included], Italy, Australia and Portugal
Appeared on tv in the UK, Holland and Jamaica
Sponsors: Dirty Jerz- Ecko Italia, Gov Som, Ecko Uk