Many may know him from his time on The X Factor, in the group Overload; but Jordi Whitworth has done a lot at only 21. In addition to appearing on The X Factor, he has also appeared on television shows and commercials. But after spending time in the studio writing and putting together new music, as well as covering songs on his YouTube channel, he’s making his mark in the music scene as a solo artist.
We chatted with Jordi Whitworth about his time on The X Factor, solo work, and his future.
When did you know you wanted to pursue music as a career?
To be honest, I never really saw myself pursuing a career in music; I considered myself a shower singer. But then when I got into Overload, my band at the time, I realised it was an unknown passion I had.
Which musicians do you look up to the most and why?
I am a big fan of The Weeknd’s work and his style of music, it’s very dark and unique, something I would like to one day emulate.
What pushed you to decide to audition for The X Factor?
When I was in the band, we decided to do The X Factor to kind of give us that extra push to our system; but as much as the publicity was good, we ended up splitting up.
What’s the most important thing you learned during your time on The X Factor?
Stay focused, be careful with who you trust and stay humble in any situation.
How do you think being on The X Factor has affected you as an artist?
As an individual, it’s made me a lot more aware as to what to expect in the industry and to keep smiling no matter what.
What do you think was the most challenging element of going from making music in a group to making music solo?
Having a group around you is always comforting because not all the focus is on you but this is something I’m not afraid of and I’m happy for it to be this way!
Where do you draw most of your inspiration for new music?
I draw a lot from old school Justin Timberlake and new music from The Weeknd.
We hear your debut single, “Mambo”, is dropping soon – what can we expect?
It’s the sort of song you can easily pick up and enjoy but that also has a lot to it.
What impact do you hope your music has on listeners?
To remind people you don’t have to start a young age to achieve your dreams.
Do you have any advice for young, aspiring artists?
Keep pushing yourself, if you have the mentality that it’s going to work out… It will.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I love you guys!
Thank you, Jordi Whitworth, for taking some time out to chat with CelebMix. We wish you luck on the release of your debut single, “Mambo”, and we can’t wait to hear it.
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