Jordan Rodger is one half of the DJ / production team, Mistaken Ape. Their sound is best described as deep tech house with an afro influence. Jordan has been involved in music since the late 80’s. After attending his first “underground” party (now known as a rave) in his hometown of Toronto, Jordan began making mix tapes and started his journey into the electronic music world.
Not only does Jordan produce and play music, he is very involved in the production of events. His educational background lends itself nicely to this industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brock University and a Masters Degree in Social Media Design from Dongseo University in South Korea.
While living in Asia, Jordan started producing events to fill in the void of a non-existent house music scene. Subsequently, Jordan became a pioneer in the local electronic music circuit and a host to countless International DJs. He became a favorite resident DJ at several top clubs in South Korea including; Cuba and Foxy in Busan. Jordan was also a regular visiting DJ at Garden in Seoul and Vinyl Underground in Busan. It was in Busan that Jordan met the other half of Mistaken Ape, Eric Newton and a long running musical partnership was formed.
After Korea, Jordan moved to Cape Town, South Africa to pursue event production and his passion for African music. He has literally played shows throughout most of Southern Africa. Venues include the infamous 115 in Johannesburg and Rhodes House in Cape Town, to name a few. Exposure to the beautiful people, rhythms and sounds of Africa have greatly impacted Jordan’s musical styling and is still heard in Mistaken Ape’s production today. Jordan prides himself on the bonds made with DJs and producers from Africa and the music they make. His library of original recordings from that part of the world is immense.
From this point, the world started calling. Jordan ramped up his performances and appearances, taking him to Europe and bringing him back to North America. He found himself a new fan base in Florida, appearing at some of the more notable venues including The Pawn Shop and a slue of hotels in South Beach. After setting up roots in the United States, Jordan has now played some of the largest stages North America has to offer. For the third year in a row, Jordan has performed at Ultra Music Festival, which was sold out this year with an attendance of 150,000 plus people.
In 2010, following Ultra Music festival Jordan produced a memorable exclusive event with Danny C, Eddy N and Jimmie Page. The Ducati Miami sponsored party held in the Hilton Hotel’s Presidential suite, was the talk of the Winter Music Conference (WMC).
The future holds the release of an upcoming album and more tour dates. Be sure to keep your ear to the ground for Mistaken Ape appearances in your city.