Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young has had the type of career that most Full Sail Recording Arts students would take at the drop of a dime. He’s worked with some of the top names in the music industry, had his name attached to huge radio songs, and is currently working directly with one of the biggest pop stars of today. And despite his immense schedule, the Recording Arts grad recently made time to visit his old school and share his insight with students.
In a presentation in the Full Sail Live Venue, Jordan spoke to students about his path after graduation and shared stories about his life in the recording studio. After graduating in 2005, Jordan landed a gig as assistant engineer to six-time GRAMMY award-winning producer/mixer Ken “Duro” Ifill, and eventually got his own big break engineering rapper Fabolous’ fourth studio album, From Nothin’ to Somethin’.
From there, Jordan has engineered for artists such as Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Whitney Houston, Rick Ross, and more. In 2010, Jordan also became Beyonce’s full-time engineer, mixing her I AM World Tour DVD, which was certified double platinum, as well as recording her much-anticipated studio album 4.
Throughout his presentation, Jordan played tracks he’s worked on, including hits like Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and Fabolous’ “Make Me Better,” reflecting on the sessions that brought these songs to the world. He also shared insight on what it was like working with Beyonce, and offered up his process for working in the studio. At the end of the two-hour event, Jordan also took questions from students during an open Q&A session, and offered up tips for starting a career after graduation from Full Sail.