Today we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Look Out Love's Jordan Benker.
Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Hi! I'm Jordan Benker and I make music under the name Look Out Love. I like to define my music as "hella rad indie pop." I'd say my music has a little something for everyone to take away from it, even if the feeling is just being happy or wanting to dance. My music has its own sound but if I were to recommend my music to others, it would be towards listeners of The 1975, Vampire Weekend, and Two Door Cinema Club.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
My biggest musical influences are The Beatles, hands down. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even be writing music if it weren't for John Lennon's influence. It's also safe to say that you can hear many "Beatle-y" elements in my music. Nirvana has also made a pretty deep impact on me. As far as modern artists go, I'm sort of all over the map with influences, but of course the indie bands such as The 1975 and twenty one pilots inspire me the most.
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
Well I remember when I was 3 or 4 years old, my dad gave me 2 CDs: Van Halen's Best of Vol. 1 and Aerosmith's Big Ones. I fell in love with both instantly and it was just a musical domino effect after that. I can't seem to remember what the first CD I bought myself was... part of me wants to say it was either Van Halen's first album or Led Zeppelin 4.
What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
The strangest gig I've ever played was back in high school, I was in a wannabe '80s rock band and we somehow booked this show at a comedy club. Let's just say it was just plain awkward... We were so out of place, but we still played a good show. Then we left and never returned haha.
What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
I don't really consider myself to have guilty pleasures. Especially with music, if there's something I enjoy listening to that's a bit out of my realm, so be it, nothing to be embarrassed about. For example, I really like Drake, totally out of the box, but his "Nothing Was The Same" record is one of my favorites. I'm also really into heavy music. Nothing gets me pumped like some Slipknot or Memphis May Fire.
If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
If I had an ice cream flavor named after me, it would have to be vanilla ice cream with crushed up M&M's in it. The name would have to be "The Oh Boy."
Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
For my dream festival line-up, I'd play with The Beatles (of course) circa 1969, 1987 Guns N' Roses, 1991 Nirvana, The Eagles circa 1976, and Van Halen circa 1984. The last jam song would definitely be "The End" by The Beatles.
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