Meet the underground talent of CRSSD Fest: Jax Jones
San Diego’s CRSSD Fest – presented by FNGRS CRSSD — has become a sanctuary for underground electronic music fans. The upcoming Fall edition is pumped with a wide array of unadulterated talent, where headliners including RÜFÜS DU SOL, Richie Hawtin, and Hot Since 82 are joined by up-and-coming acts like Breakbot, Solardo,and Hito to make for a weekend of top quality music from all over the underground spectrum. To dig a big deeper into the lineup, we’ve tapped some of our favorite acts on the bill for an interview series before the festival.
The contemporary music market demands unprecedented levels of talent in order to stake one’s claim in the saturated market. Luckily, Jax Jones fits this bill. Influenced by ancestral rhythms, hip-hop, and more from his earliest days, the talented musician has since made his mark in the dance sphere with grooving house cuts and his multi-instrumental talent.
He clearly knows his way around a catchy production, as evidenced by his recent slew of highly prolific singles. His singles “House Work” and “You Don’t Know Me,” both scintillating sizzlers, lit up dance-floors worldwide over their time on public airwaves and have accrued millions of streams. In fact, his platform has grown so much that he attracted the likes of Demi Lovato to work with him on his latest record, “Instruction.”
Dancing Astronaut caught up with him for a quick chat ahead of his CRSSD debut, and the following ensued:
At what point did you realize that Djing could be a career for you, rather than simply a passion?
It was when I wrote “I Got U” for Duke Dumont. I wrote that song originally as a birthday song for my fiancé, my manager put me in with Duke Dumont and it became “I Got U.” It went on to be pretty successful and that’s when I realised I could make Jax Jonesinto a full time career.
What’s the most important project in your pipeline at the moment?
My next single. Right now there’s nothing more important, haha.
What’s your opinion of the dance scene in the US right now?
There’s some really amazing House producers coming out of the US right now like The Black Madonna and Valentino Khan. People can slate EDM all they want, but the scene has given promoters a big audience to try new stuff and parties like CRSSDFestival are introducing people to new genres and DJs, which I think is a great thing.
What are you looking forward to most about CRSSD Fest?
Getting to play for all you guys and have some fun. It’s the last stop on my tour, so I’ll definitely be going all out.
If you could be another artist for a day, who would you pick?
DJ Snake. That man is living the dream and looking good while he’s doing it.
If you could recommend three artists to catch from the lineup, who would you pick?
The Black Madonna, KiNK, and The Magician.
If you were recruited to provide an Essential Mix in 2017, what’s the one song you couldn’t leave out?
You Don’t Know Me. My 2017 kicked off in a big way with that track.