Born in Barnet to a mother from Montserrat and a father from Calcutta - 'a good mix,' he says - Jordan was something of an outsider in his schooldays. Never happy to simply run with the pack, instead he went off to chart his own course. Whenever the naysayers told him that he needed to get his head out of the clouds, he would simply reach out for his dreams with even greater determination. Musically, Jordan's single-mindedness manifested itself just as early.
It was the early Nineties and, while most of his classmates were fans of grunge, house and hip-hop, David looked more to the classics. Inspired by his mum's old soul records, he developed a love for Marvin Gaye and The Jackson Five. From there, he discovered James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Cab Calloway, Guns N' Roses, Prince and Lenny Kravitz and also cultivated an interest in Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. 'In school, I lived in my own little world,' he says.
'Everyone else had their cliques, but I just drifted along in between. Some of them used to say that I had funny hair - I used to have braids - or that I walked funny. But I also had this thing where lots of people felt comfortable and liberated around me. 'Because I didn't run with the pack, I didn't have all the pressures of having to conform that affect so many teenagers.Make David Jordan Playlist