Could you introduce yourself and what you do?
My name is Jordan Black, I sing/awkwardly yell in Like Pacific. I also work as a bar-back at a gay bar in Toronto called Woodys.
Do you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender?
When I was like... 17, I identified as Bi... because, you know, I defiantly loved tits (sarcasm).
How would you describe your coming-out process?
My coming out process was.. weird. My parents didn’t car at all, the rest of my family seems cool with it and my friends didn’t seem to care. I mean, if they did, fuck it. It was high school, half of my "friends" then got pregnant young or are chillin’ in mom and step-dads basement. Anyways, I told my parents over breakfast, it went quiet and then my dad told me to unload the dishwasher. I came out to my friend Scott after he told me he liked Chunky girls sometimes and I replied " that’s cool, I like chunky dudes...." then I cried... and I was drunk.. It was wacky.
What’s something you wish that you had known about coming out at that time?
I wish I had known that people are going to say behind your back but your real friends are always going to like you regardless. I felt alone for a while. It was weird.
How has your experience as an openly queer musician been?
The experience is actually pretty normal, I mean being in an active band is an experience on its own. I use to lean on it as a crutch with our music but, I’m just a normal dude.
We consider it vital to promote bands and musicians who support LGBT bands and musicians. Have there been any bands or musicians who have been particularly supportive of your decision to come out or inspired you along the way?
I always knew the dude in Botch was gay, before I knew the story on them. The guy is a babe and I follow him on Instagram. I creep... a lot. Also, rumors of Davey Havok being gay always crossed my mind. I loved AFI as a kid and I still do. People didn’t care, they just loved his band and that’s all that mattered.
Has your interaction with fans or with your own bandmates changed since you’ve come out?
My band has known all along, we joke a lot. We see daddies and bearish guys and they rate them or ask if I would bang them every day. It’s quite funny and I'm super comfortable with it. Some fans have even come out to me… that’s the fucking coolest thing in the entire world. I usually end of speechless and honored.
Is there anything you would change in the music industry in order to improve the queer experience?
I wouldn’t change a thing about the queer music industry. Not everybody has to like me and I like it that way... or my band.
Who are some bands or musicians who have inspired your music?
Like Pacific as a whole has a lot of influences. I can’t really name them all... but, for me it would Strike Anywhere, Descendants and some newer bands such as the Story so far and Such Gold. That Misadventures album (by Such Gold) is on point.
What is next for Like Pacific? What do you hope to accomplish going forward?
We have some stuff under wraps right now. Can’t really say a lot. Expect really cool things an a full length REAL soon. That’s it.
What do you hope fans take away from your music?
I hope fans take that any person of any age or background can start a band as long as they are committed. Or at least something to listen to when they are angry/pissed at their partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/SNES.
Is there anything you would like to say to any fans you might have who identify as LGBT or who are struggling through the coming-out process?
IT GETS WAY EASIER WITH TIME. Don’t rush trying to fit in with stupid fucks and don’t waste your time impressing anyone. Be yourself the whole ride. It’s a lot like high school with more genitals and crying. Don’t stress over things. "Good things come to those who wait".
Most importantly: would you rather battle 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
I'm gonna say a horse sized duck because I'd probably cry laughing. Think about what you just asked me... so fucking funny. I can hear it screaming at me.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
All I can say is thanks to anyone who has read this full interview and thank you for interviewing me. Listen to tons of Earth Crisis and never feel alone.