Infectious Magazine spoke with Derek Jordan, Decoded’s frontman, to get the lowdown on Rock For A Difference, an LA fundraiser hosted by Decoded and focused on raising money and awareness for organizations across the city. You can find out more about the cause here and check out the interview below.
Infectious Magazine: Hey guys! How are you? Your first show for Rock For A Difference was May 3rd. How was it?
Derek Jordan: It was great! Ace of Hearts brought Duke, who is a pitbull and bulldog mix. What an awesome dog! We raffled off signed cds and shirts from the bands and raised money for Ace of Hearts to help their efforts in finding adoptive homes for dogs.
IM: What can you tell me about Rock For A Difference?
Derek Jordan: Rock for a Difference Los Angeles is a chance to bring music and local non-for profits together to promote a better Los Angeles. When we were planning out Decoded’s May residency at Amplyfi, I wanted it to be meaningful. That’s when I started contacting a handful of non-for profits to see if they’d be interested in being a part of it. They were very receptive and within a couple days, we had five organizations lined up for every night of the residency.
IM: How did Decoded come to host the event?
Derek Jordan: We played at Amplyfi in late March and it went really well. We came up with the idea of doing a residency there for May. After we tied on all of the Los Angeles organizations, we began calling the residency “Rock for a Difference Los Angeles”.
IM: How did the other bands get involved?
Derek Jordan: Amplyfi and I worked together to select all of the bands we invited to play. We simply asked if they’d be interested and most of them jumped on board.
IM: What can fans that might not be able to make it to the shows do to get involved?
Derek Jordan: They can help spread the word by tweeting #RockForADifferenceLosAngeles and they can also help notify Los Angeles press outlets about it.
IM: This is such a fantastic, inspiring idea, are there any plans to make this an annual or recurring event?
Derek Jordan: It would be cool to make it a recurring thing but I’d like to see how it goes first. Right now, I’m focusing on what we have on the plate. I want to make it the best it can be.
IM: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Derek Jordan: Absolutely! Thank you for your interest in Rock for a Difference Los Angeles. I’d like to add that Decoded’s debut EP, “The/Split”, might be coming out on my birthday, May 22.