We had the good fortune of connecting with Jourdan Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jourdan, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a creative career because it was the one outlet where I felt free. For many years growing up, I had the pleasure of experiencing many different forms of life through the arts, from sports, playing musical instruments, and even academic competitions. The reason why I chose podcasting and music journalism was for two simple things. I believed in my voice, no matter what direction I was headed, it had meaning and it had power. The art of communication is where I felt needed, as I wanted to spark a change in this world and even in local regions of Houston to create and inspire the people about topics and discussions that us minorities don’t speak upon. Secondly, writing and music have a great influence over my work and the content that I put out for those to see. I am a very spiritual person as some may know, and so balancing spirituality in my writing and music by broadcasting artistic people and their talents. The ability to show off people from all walks of life makes me happy. I wanted to show people that music can be tools of emotions, that act as guidance to better days or what SZA would say “Good Days”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
MxedThoughts LLC is a music publications company that focuses on the advocation of local artists in Houston, by creating spaces safe enough for artists to perform, network, and contribute to the world of music. I believe what sets the business apart from others is that we strive through integrity, originality, spirituality and intuition. As a collective, we like to strive off, what we feel is right, once deduced of logic and reason. Seeing things through, we put our faith into our work, no matter if you’re a publicist, photographer, videographer, interviewer or even a graphic designer. Our work runs deep, but as I consider them family, our bonds run deeper. Getting my business to where it is now, took a lot of effort, rebranding, and much more. Even currently, we are still striving to be better than we once were a year ago. Always learning to excel, as an Owner I try to push my team to become the best versions of themselves by putting them in positions to take opportunities. In any business problems arise frequently, one tip I would like to share with others starting small business’s is that do not let the problem define your brand. Let it give you a reason to help navigate your brand, because if there’s one thing I learned is that you may not always understand what the problem may teach in your time with the brand. What I want the world to know, is that MxedThoughts will eventually oversee the world of music, by creating a safe space for singers, song writers, musicians, music engineers and much more. As a person being born Black, Mexican, and a Queer individual, the stakes have always been high for me in anything I do, meaning I am more than the reason why I will become the first person to link the bridge between Latin and Black Cultures through the arts of music by integrating aspects of my life to close that language barrier between both worlds.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend was ever coming into town. Houston has the best spots for wining down, relaxing and chilling with your friends. My number one spot I would go to would be the Underground Hall in Downtown, Its an eatery, with the theme of an underground cafeteria, with multiple options of foods and drinks at arms reach. The Vibe is immaculate in the spot that it is in. For spots where we want to integrate aesthetically pleasing and eye catching that would lead us to the museums, The Color Factory is one of the most common museums in Houston, that is such a guaranteed to visit. It is such an interactive museum where it caters to your 5 senses of, taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe what has contributed to my success has been all the interactions I have came across so far in this lifetime. I believe everybody has played a role in my life, even if it was for my development, encouragement, long term or short relationships, or my motivation. I remain thankful for anyone and everyone I can name or think of. Moreover, I would like really thank my Sister Kaylia Tucker a current Realtor in the Dallas County, she has put me first before anybody. Not only has she helped cater to my emotions, but she has been my greatest support, mentor, and reminder in why I do things on a daily bases. I believe like anybody, we all have role models or people we look up too, that gives us inspiration to create something different. I would relate to most creators and say I am the person I give myself credit too. Not for selfish reasons, but because we sometimes fail to recognize the struggle and endurance we truly face within ourselves and being an advocate for mental health, days feels like years in a world where we want to be recognized. So giving more credit to the littles things in life. I truly want to be able to give credit to a musical artist named Smino a lyrical rapper from St.Louis, Missouri. Who has instilled words and a vision in me through his music, that I want to maintain. His raps and lyrics has helped me contour myself in a particular way, that I see fit. Because music makes the world go around, I truly thank all the wonderful artists that helped contribute to my faith and motivation for completing the projects that I contribute too and campaigns that I complete.