INTERVIEW: Jax Jones

With an array of hits on the charts as well as on heavy rotation on the radio and the clubbing circuit, Jax Jones is establishing himself as one of the hottest producers and artists of right now. With songs like ‘You Don’t Know Me’ featuring RAYE, ‘Harder’ featuring Bebe Rexha, ‘Instruction’ featuring Demi Lovato and ‘Ring Ring’ featuring Mabel being some of his biggest hits so far, his discography is very fun and varied. 

Jax Jones will be joining Brockhampton, Lizzo, Kaytranada, Madeon and Rico Nasty in Australia in January for FOMO 2020 and is expected to bring a bright and colourful production with him that will celebrate the summer season. 

I recently chatted to Jax Jones about the personal growth he’s had over the years as he’s honed his sound and vision, reflected on the creative process of ‘Play’ with Years & Years and the importance of designing his live show to be a showcase of his varied talents. Check it out HERE;

TB: Your debut album ‘Snacks (Supersize)’ is finally out in the world and it’s a diverse collection of electronic pop. So reflecting on this record and the journey it took to create it, what was the biggest thing you had to learn about yourself to get the album to where it is now? 

JJ: Over the years of writing music and making pop tracks I’ve really learnt that to finish music, make an album, put out videos, create shows and everything else, it’s not something you can do on your own. 

I take a lot of pride in working with my team and people in the studio to make the best product possible whatever it is. That’s why I paid homage and said my thanks to everyone who has been a part of the Jax Jones journey on my track ‘Tequila Time’.

TB: You’ve collaborated with some very diverse and cool acts on ‘Snacks (Supersize)’ including RAYE, Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, Mabel, Tove Lo, Years & Years, MNEK and Jess Glynne. Some artists at the time didn’t have a massive profile compared to others, so how do you go about choosing what artists you want to collaborate with and who will fit the right aesthetic you’re going for?

JJ: For me it’s about the voice and personality first. Once I’ve finished a track or have something going I’ll either hit up people myself or I’ll send my dream hit list to my management or label.

TB: One of my favourite songs from the collection is ‘Play’ which features Years & Years. This song is quite different to some of the other tracks on the record and really stands out. So how did this song come about and how long did it take you to really define the production and feel?

JJ: So I went into the studio with Olly from Years & Years and my additional producer Mark Ralph and we really started from the ground up. Olly is a great writer and I always wanted to work with him. He obviously has different tastes to me, so he brought something fresh to the session.

TB: Radio and streaming services have really embraced your tracks like ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘All Day And Night’, ‘Instruction’, ‘Harder’ and ‘Ring Ring’. So where has been one of the strangest places you’ve heard one of your songs playing? 

JJ: I heard that ‘You Don’t Know’ became a football anthem in Russia which is a bit mad!

TB: Your music videos are very playful and push some boundaries in ways to be memorable and enjoyable. So what has been one of the craziest/weirdest experiences you’ve had while shooting a video? 

JJ: I drove a real petrol go-kart on a giant supermarket checkout which was pretty mad. The guy who helps out with the driving scenes for the bond films was there for health and safety as it was pretty ropey.

TB: You’re heading down under to Australia in January 2020 for FOMO Festival. The line up is packed with some of the music industry’s most promising rising acts including Brockhampton, Lizzo, Rico Nasty and yourself. Why do you think it’s so important to play a festival like this that really embraces the future of music who are making some real noise? 

JJ: I make music to the best that I can and so I want to be able to play in the best setting possible for the best crowd who are really gonna enjoy it and have fun. So being on a great lineup with like-minded musicians like FOMO is where I wanna be.

TB: When you were designing your live show, what was at the forefront of your mind to make sure that it stood out compared to other producers and highlighted that you were a talented multi-instrumentalist and can grow along with you? 

JJ: Pretty much exactly what you asked. I think a lot of people can take dance producers talent as musicians for granted because “they’re just the producers”. so I wanted to put it front and centre that it’s me playing the instruments and play every part of my tracks.

TB: You’ve also incorporated some dancers, big visuals, blow up props and  to your live shows for big performances like Summertime Ball, The Isle Of Wight and Tomorrowland. So why do you think visuals are so important to enhance a live show?

JJ: Pop music is meant to be fun and give people great memories, so I just wanted to add a bit of fun and colour to my shows.

TB: Let’s play a little game of rapid fire questions where I’m going to ask you some questions that you just need to answer with the first thing that comes to mind…

JJ: Okay!

TB: The emoji that best describe my album ‘Snacks (Supersize)’ is…

JJ: Sushi emoji

TB: Pineapple on pizza is…

JJ: Dead

TB: My go to snack on tour is…

JJ: Popcorn

TB: When I think of Australia I think of…

JJ: Koalas

You can listen to ‘Snacks (Supersize)’ HERE; https://jaxjones.lnk.to/SnacksSupersize 

FOMO 2020 DATES 

Saturday 4 January  – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Sunday 5 January – Elder Park, Adelaide

Saturday 11 January – Parramatta Park, Sydney

Sunday 12 January – Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne

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