NZ Red Bull Sound Select: HIGH HØØPS2015|10:11
"Musically, I think... [I'm inspired by] a lot of the early 80s Japanese electronica stuff like Riuichi Sakamoto and Yellow Magic Orchestra," explains Auckland-based vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and Red Bull Sound Select artist HIGH HØØPS (real name: Jordan Arts). "These guys were pioneers who wanted to push the envelope. It's the merge of human error and electronics... It's got the retro factor, but it's also modern. It's going backwards to come forwards. But then I'm also a massive sucker for these big eighties RnB hooks, which are almost to the point of cheesy. But if you twist them and manipulate them, then you're in. I reckon that's a really nice pocket to be in, and it makes me feel really nice." Within that statement, Jordan encapsulates the central tenets that underscore the nostalgic sun-kissed dance-pop he creates as HIGH HØØPS. Although the project began several years ago as creative escapism while he was one-half of late 2000s electro-pop duo Kids of 88, lately alongside his membership in hotly-tipped band LEISURE, it's been front and center. In this video documentary, Jordan gives us a window into his past, present and future plans. We met his parents, close friends and collaborators Spycc, Jaden Parkes and Connor Nestor, and get a greater sense of his creative process and what informs, inspires and drives him to continue to pursue music. Collaborative or solo, for Jordan it's all about the atmosphere, feeling and vibe.