This week’s Mic Drop is the final episode for the winter term. Before we part ways, make sure you tune in tonight at 8 p.m. when we feature Jordan Patterson, also known as William Gold.
Stella Fanega: When did you start rapping?
Jordan Patterson: I started rapping for real back in 2012 when I made a track for Father’s Day. It was terrible, but from then on I started really getting into rapping. I had been writing pretty much since sixth grade but high school it really started to become more serious.
SF: Who inspired you to start your music career?
JP: Every artist I come across whose music I enjoy has some sort of influence or motivation on me. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific person who inspired me to start playing music besides my dad who has had me around music and studying music since I was like 3.
SF: What do you hope to do with your compositions?
JP: I hope they get enough recognition to start reaching top artists. I want to produce for artists across the country and help leave a footprint in the world of music production.
SF: Where do you see yourself in five years?
JP: Most likely in a city working in a media/design/music position, while still making music for people and myself.
SF: What types of music do you write? (E.g. Songs about racism, discrimination, love)
JP: I write anything I think fits the composition I have made. My writing ability is not limited to one type of genre, I can really write about anything.
SF: If there was one music artist who is listening to your music, who would it be and why?
JP: One artist I would hope listened to my music is this cat I work with from L.A. named King Terry. He was a major inspiration for me a few years back and one day when I was in L.A. this past summer we got in contact somehow. I know he’s listening to my stuff, along with my homies from home.
SF: Do you play any instruments?
JP: I have played saxophone for nine years. Having training in band has allowed me to bring so much more musicality to my music, typically more than that of someone who has no strong training in instrumental performance. I am teaching myself piano and bass currently. Like Questlove (from The Roots who plays on Jimmy Fallon) told me back in 2008, stay in school band because it enhances the skills of performance and production, so I did.
Catch us live on The Chronicle/NCClinked Facebook at 8 p.m. for some cool vibes and positive talk.