Brokenman aka "Jordan", Creator, Anti War
Campaigner, Musician, Webmaster... 27th April 2004
anticipation of one of our biggest scoop interviews
to date, we speculate and investigate BROKENMAN!
Man Australia adds their own clues to the enigma that
markings found on footpaths in the Balmain, Newtown
and Sydney CBD
scenes" complete with police tape
mysterious connection with music
of an appearance at The
Metro Theatre on the 1st April 2004
of a connection with Sydney's
connection with DVD
Network - music videos, surfing,
expose on crime in Sydney?
Brokenman be a new kind of promoter?
the clues and links on the Media Man Australia website
- Media Man Australia - The Interview
our media and entertainment savvy audience about your
you're refering to the music business. You've gotta
be in it for the long hall or don't bother man. I
mean this business can truely make you feel like you're
breaking your neck to starve to death haha. I'ts true.
It can feel like a money trench at times and yeh it's
place where the thieves and pimps run free, but hey
there's also a negative side. haha. The more times
the machine drains you, the more times you've gotta
keep bouncin' back. As long as you keep the same dreams
that you started out with inside your heart, you'll
is, or who is, Brokenman?
name came from a song I wrote called 'Something Unbelievable'.
I thought the lyric ' pushing buttons on a brokenman'
gave the notion of what was happening here. It hinted
the attitude of the album and that was it, he was
born. A guy that would take his message further than
the record stores. Right now though, it's only just
the beginning. It's gonna be a long ride but that's
the kinda road this is. "I'm here for good".
do you get your ideas and inspiration?
my imagination I guess I got from my father haha.
Most of my ideas have come from late nights sitting
around tryin' to dream my music into peoples lives.
What I mean is, tryin' work around the norm and the
ego's and slip in the back door . You see there's
the 'right way' and there's the 'wrong way' and then
there's 'my way'.
you consider yourself a marketeer or promoter?
think we all have to be at some stage. You're on your
own in this business. I think we're all left with
the cold reality that this country's mainstream radio
stations don't give independent music the support
that it needs and hasn't really since the sixties.
It's the support that this country needs to break
down the 1 hit wonder machine and start producing
some real bands that actually exceed three or four
records. A kid can't go down to the radio station
and excite them with a great song anymore. Cause some
machines been programmed to play half of Americas
R/B crap and it works both ways cause the dj who use
to work there's out on the street looking for a job........It's
in our hands.
were the circumstance that led you to decide to not
become a corporate puppet?
backs haha. There's a limit. A person can only be
taken so far, then they have the choice, wether to
call it a day, give up and remain 'broken' or bounce
back in an even greater, stronger, positive way. Personally
I've reached that part of my life. I made this choice
in December of 2002 when the site (brokenman.net)
went live. "Screw the critic". And if they're
reading this, "I won't be getting off the bus
till I'm where I wanna be". We can't be ignorant.
It's everywhere we go, it happens every day. Man,
I want front row seats when the system crumbles!!!
everyone selling something?
think we all do what we can to be somebody. To be
ourselves. My general understanding of people is that
'everybody sinks or swims together'. But it's our
intentions that seperate us. That's why in most countries
it's the poititions that are the rock stars and the
rock stars are the ones talkin' politics haha.
is being unique such an advantage?
all about finding out what makes you unique. For example
the unique thing the corner store has over the giant
department store is that it can develop personal relationships.
Small companies can be virtuous where large organisations
can't. And that's a great advantage and at no cost.
I've found that when you find something quite easy
to achieve, it's probably been done before, probably
many times. It's only when it seems so hard that it
feels nearly impossible that I'm perhaps close to
getting something unique and something unique is extraordinary.
Man the cops were right this time, "It all comes
down to fingerprints".
investigations have been made into the Brokenman "crime
one from the federal police to (believe it or not)
the American military. The list goes on. You see I
was constructing the brokenman "crimescenes"
right around the time of the war in Iraq. They didn't
have a clue to who or what was behind them and at
the time the city was on red alert concerning terrorist
activity. One end of Castlereagh St was closed for
2hrs one morning as one of the crimescenes puzzled
the city police haha.
brand of chalk do you recommend to mark footpaths?
go for the $2 buckets at the bargain stores. But hey,
if there's any chalk companies who wanna sponsor a
singer songwriter? Give me a call sometime.
is free thought a powerful weapon against all that
is negative in the world?
existence deprived of free thought is a kind of death.
I think some people fear it because they're afraid
of the unknown. But it's ironic....That unknown was
once very well known. It's where our souls belong....The
only solution is to confront yourself with the greatest
fear imaginable. Expose yourself to your deepest fear.
After that, fear has no power, it shrinks and vanishes.
You are free.
you like to exposure any government corruption in
this interview or perhaps just give us a few clues?
Where do you begin to answer a question like this?
The governments are plagued with corruption. I've
got plenty of stories that would open some eyes. Banks,
cops, councils, pimps. They were all at that BBQ on
the weekend haha.
is the main message in your music?
the brokenman mock crimescenes symbolise that to be
ignorant and complaisant about the many crimes against
society by "the system" is a crime itself.
The songs contain a social conciousness that hints
the notion that 'we all know' yet tolerate the social
injustices that surround our lives. But as a whole.
My message is a vision of hope for a future where
we all take a stand and find our voice for the things
we hold most important to us.
other media attention have you garnered?
much all the Sydney papers, alot of magazines. Never
thought, being a kid from Dulwich Hill, I'd end up
on page 3 of the Sydney Morning Herald along side
George.W.Bush either. But it happened.
the biggest misconception about you?
know, people will think anything man haha. I've been
called an anti war campaigner, graffiti artist, vandal,
conspiracy theorist, religious Zealot an advertiser.
Everything from the devil to the next massiah haha.
Truth is I'm all those things haha. What people don't
realise is that I'm an educated musician that believes
in the power of music. I'm not asking anyone to believe
in anything but themselves.
have been your career and life mentors and why?
over the years I've naturally drawn from songwriters
that have had similar upbringing to myself. Springsteen,
Bowie, Dylan. Growin' up, these guys were my reality
have been your main supporters?
think the guys who have been following the site from
the start, ya know, the loyalists haha. They're the
guys I've really gotta thank.
you ever consider starting an "army" of
"Brokenmen", or do you already have one?
that's not a bad idea! They'd be alot of chalk on
the streets man. I can see it now...."Come and
visit Sydney, The white city". haha.
the drum with April 1st of this year?
to back up the attitude and prove I could equal any
international production, I thought I'd play a 2hr
set with my own band in the main auditorium of the
Metro Theatre Sydney. The crowd was great, the songs
connected, the energy was larger than life.
else would you like to tell "Big Brother"?
you're driving past a record store sometime soon,
pull over, double park if you have to, walk straight
in to the store and demand a copy of my debut album,
'Diary Of A Broken Man'. OUT NOW!!
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