Summer Jam, Saturday 22rd July, 16.30 – 17.15, Central Stage, Sefton Park, Liverpool, FREE
Live beat-maker and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones is, at his roots, a solo act. Growing up in a multi-ethnic household, Jax was exposed to a wealth of influences. After his Nigerian stepfather introduced him to afrobeat via Fela Kuti and rap with a tape of the Biggie Smalls album, Jax’s musical diet developed to consist of Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel and traditional African music. Producers like The Neptunes, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins shaped his musical horizons and his fascination with the anatomy of a rhythm section.
Having initially studied classical guitar from a young age, Jax took up beat-making at 15 after discovering Cubase on his friend’s Atari. Cutting his teeth at open mic clubs around London, Jax eventually came together with Rippermann, an up-and-coming grime producer from Mitcham at Brixton’s Raw Materials Studio and worked on notable releases for Big Narstie and Roadside Gs, among others in the scene.
The son of two teachers, Jax was encouraged to go to uni at 18. Despite a two hour trip, Jax went from lectures to the studio daily to work on his craft, posting beats regularly on MySpace. After graduation, Jax rented a studio in Sydenham, bought a mac tower from Gumtree and worked hard to hone his craft. After meeting Duke Dumont, he developed his passion for house music and co-wrote and produced ‘I Got U’ and ‘Ocean Drive’, both huge global smashes.
His latest single ‘You Don’t Know Me’, reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart and was a club smash.