Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Taylor Jordan.
Megan Taylor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s interesting…the moments in life that define who you are, are rarely the “big days” – the days that you’ve been waiting for your whole life. The moments in life that lay the foundation for who you have the potential to become are often times found in the monotony of everyday life.
They’re the projects or hobbies you do when you’re procrastinating or the song you can’t seem to turn off – those small moments reveal more about who you are than anything else. Over time, I’ve learned to follow those moments and let them lead me to what’s next…This is how The Village was born.
I’ve always been someone who’s enjoyed the stillness of early mornings, so it makes sense that my journey began within an accumulation of those unassuming, little morning moments…up before the birds and situated in front of the television before 6:00AM, I found the only station that made waking up that early in the morning bearable: MTV. The year is 2008 and the words MTV and music are still synonymous. In my morning routine, it was just me, the music, and the quiet. This subtle intimacy made everything become tangible; I could feel the weight of the lyrics and hold the feelings behind every track. It was in these moments where I realized that music was more than just catchy melodies and a nice beat. I realized the power it held and the gift it had become.
As I moved through life, my passion for music was constantly growing and reshaping itself across different genres and fields. In high school, when I discovered my favorite hobby of looking through all the music outlets to find new and dope artists could be turned into a career that encompasses that and so much more, I knew I had to do everything possible to make that happen.
However, I was torn between two lives: do I follow the path my parents laid out for me or do I invest in myself and follow my dreams? This question followed me like a shadow throughout my time at Pepperdine University, countless internships, and well into my first semester of law school. I knew that going to law school and concentrating on entertainment and music law would give me a solid foundation to navigate the business end of the music industry, but I wasn’t prepared for how it would isolate me from the music. Living without something that had become a major piece of my life was beginning to change me in ways I knew I would regret. It was in this moment where I realized my path and it became my mission to turn my dorm room dreams into reality. With the J. Cole lyrics, “try before you die or always wonder what if” constantly playing on a loop in my head, I started to put the pieces to the puzzle together.
I always knew that I wanted to build a music company that not only kept the power in the artist’s hands but was also run by people who were passionate about music, rejuvenating this industry, and finding their place in the midst of it all. After months of building relationships with the artists I had in mind, fostering connections with people I knew would be able to see and execute the vision, and personifying the process of trial and error, The Village was born.
Has it been a smooth road?
Living a double life is not as glamorous as it seems…especially when your day time hustle is law school. The first year of law school is not something you do on a whim – it’s all-consuming, draining, and stressful beyond words. In other words, I picked the worst possible time to start putting actions behind my dreams, but when you believe you can more than you think you can’t anything is possible.
Here’s a quick rundown of my weekday schedule:
7:30AM – wake up, shower, and eat breakfast (I’m normally rushing to class, so breakfast was few and far between)
8:30AM-3:30PM – I have class, so you’d probably find me in either contracts, civil procedure, property, or copyright law.
3:30PM-8:00PM – This is the time I dedicated to everything school related whether that be studying, office hours or homework.
8:30-2AM – For me, this is when my day really begins. Any and everything music related happens during this time: studio sessions, rehearsals, shows or meetings. I get home around 3AM, wake up and do it all again.
Trying to find the balance between the duality I was living in was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to do. I decided to dedicate myself to two major commitments and that left little room for anything else. That level of sacrifice showed me that if I want it, the moon and the stars could be mine…but it also exposed my shortcomings.
Starting this journey forced me to realize that taking breaks to take of yourself is not a weakness, it’s a strength. I had to start allowing myself the same room to develop that I give my artists. I also had to realize that timing is everything and God’s timing is never wrong.
In theory, putting these concepts into practice sounds like an easy feat, but I spend a lot of time meditating and intentionally manifesting things into existence. When you spend too much time focusing on the future, it’s easy to get frustrated when your reality and your dreams aren’t reflecting the same thing. I learned that manifesting the next steps in your journey instead of the end goal can completely change your perspective.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Village Music Group story. Tell us more about the business.
The phrase “It takes a village” doesn’t just apply to raising children – it’s bigger than that. To me, it includes the network of people you collect to navigate through life, reach your goals, and make your dreams come true. Nobody can do it alone; you need people, you need a home base, you need a support system that you can count on to keep you grounded, centered, and focused on who you are, what you’re capable of, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there. You need to be confident that the people around you are focused on pushing you towards your potential – this is where The Village comes in.
The Village has two parts. On one spectrum, we’re an independent record label that seeks to provide a platform, an outlet, and a support system for the artists to create and release their art in a space where they feel comfortable and confident because everyone involved is doing everything they can to bring their vision to life. On the other side, we’re people dedicated to the advancement of our community.
We’re currently working with two artists, Reggie Becton, and Juan Miguel. Reggie is currently in the midst of a promo tour performing at intimate venues across Los Angeles while also working on the follow-up to his debut EP, Phases, which came out this October. Juan Miguel is a new R&B artist who’s currently working on his highly anticipated debut EP which is set to release this Fall. We are building a community of people who are dedicated to artistry and creating our own opportunities.
At its core, The Village is community-based. The idea is to use the resources you have to transform the reality of those you believe in. For us, that means creating safe spaces for the network of people surrounding us. In phase two, we plan to begin introducing businesses that cultivate the community through outreach programs and other businesses that enhance the community.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There’s a major shift happening in the music industry right now. Stepping into the digital age has completely changed the genetic makeup of the industry – it has introduced a new form of content discovery that shows no signs of slowing down. Playlisting, streaming and the power of social media have made it possible for an artists life to change in an instant. The concept of going viral holds the same power as getting signed to a major label ten years ago. It’s huge.
In the same breath, the emergence of the digital age and access to a world of information at your fingertips has given artists and indie labels the opportunity to take full creative control of their art. They’re making their own platforms and creating their own paths. The dividing difference between indie labels and majors used to be their levels of access and money. Now, however, the world is in a place where you can find and contact almost anybody in the world in an instant. So that means there is no longer a huge reliance on majors to connect the artists with a marketing team, content strategists, etc. because you can do it yourself. The reason majors are still going to be an appealing option in the long run, though is because they have the big money…
Creatively, we’re on the verge of a musical renaissance. Artists are getting more comfortable creating music that deviates from the norm. They’re stepping into different mediums and genre’s and fusing it with other elements to a create a sound that is unique to them. They’re refusing to be labeled and put in a box and this is clearly reflected in the music.
This upstream of fresh, original content and the new power dynamic that’s forming is going to completely change how the music industry is seen and operated in ten years.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thevillagemusic_
Tariq Ebrahim, Briana Edwards, Mike Gaeto, Megan Jordan