Seven Questions In Heaven With Mainland

Today, we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Mainland singer/guitarist Jordan Topf!

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Our music brings together the bands of the late 70s New York punk and new wave music scenes mixed with nuanced pop songs.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
As a teenager, I loved songwriters like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, bands like The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, etc. Nowadays I look to producers for influence such as Danger Mouse, Brian Eno, and Rick Rubin.

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
The first record I ever bought was a white vinyl of Groupsex by Circle Jerks. I was going through a serious punk rock phase.

What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
Last night we played on a boat filled with balloons and blow up palm trees. There was a woman dressed as Wonder Woman with her naked body painted. Hawaiian shirts, sailor caps, all around freak show. It was pretty weird but also really fun.

What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Lana Del Rey's new record for sure. She's quite the misunderstood pop star.

If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
It'd be called The Jordy. It would have lots of Oreo cookie crumbs to symbolize my dark hair and dark freckles.

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?
Roy Orbison, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, and James Brown. We'd sing "Auld Lang Syne" on New Year's Eve in Times Square preferably wearing all black everything. I'd prefer to pick all dead musicians; we'll probably be playing next to our superiors at a festival very very soon.

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