Jax Jones

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Jax Jones
Birth name Timucin Fabian Kwong Wah Ozluer
Born (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 30)
London, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • songwriter
  • remixer
Labels Polydor
Associated acts
Website jaxjones.co.uk

Timucin Kwong Wah Lam[1] (né Ozluer, born 25 July 1987), known professionally as Jax Jones, is an English DJ, record producer, songwriter, and remixer. He is best known for his 2016 single "You Don't Know Me" featuring Raye, which peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, "Instruction" featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don and featuring on Duke Dumont's 2014 single "I Got U", peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Early life[edit]

The son of two teachers, Jax grew up in a multi-ethnic household and was exposed to a wealth of influences. His father is Turkish and gave him the name Timucin. He is also of Chinese descent.[2] After his Nigerian stepfather introduced him to afrobeat via Fela Kuti and rap with a tape of the Biggie Smalls album, Jax listened to hip hop, R&B, gospel and traditional African music.[3] His Malaysian mother was into music ranging from Kylie Minogue to Luther Vandross and also influenced him.[4] 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.[5]

Music career[edit]

Early beginnings[edit]

Performing at open mic clubs around London, Jax eventually came together with Ripperman, a grime producer from Mitcham, at Brixton's Raw Materials Studio, and worked on releases for Big Narstie and Roadside Gs, among others in the scene. His parents encouraged him to go to university at 18. Opting to stay closer to Raw Materials, he declined an interview at Oxford to attend Brunel.[5] Despite a two-hour trip, Jax went from lectures to the studio daily to work on his craft, posting beats regularly on Myspace.[citation needed] After graduation, Jax rented a studio in Sydenham after not being allowed back in the family home, bought a Mac tower from Gumtree and worked daily to hone his craft.[5]

2014: Breakthrough[edit]

After meeting Duke Dumont, he developed an interest in house music and together they co-wrote and produced "I Got U", "Won't Look Back" and "Ocean Drive".[6] Jones features on the single "I Got U", the song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 2014.[7]

2015–present[edit]

On 24 July 2015, he released the single "Yeah Yeah Yeah".[8] In July 2016, he released the single "House Work".[9][10] Jax says of the track, "At the end of the day, I started making beats on a four-track, so it feels right to put that DIY energy into my music".[2] In December 2016, he released the single "You Don't Know Me" based on the sampling of the bassline of M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade's 2005 hit "Body Language". The song became his biggest success so far, reaching number three in the UK and top five status in several European countries, including Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Norway. In 2018, Jones will support Demi Lovato in the United Kingdom on her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[11]
AUS
[12]
AUT
[13]
BEL
[14]
GER
[15]
IRE
[16]
ITA
[17]
SCO
[18]
SWE
[19]
SWI
[20]
"Go Deep" 2013 Non-album singles
"Yeah Yeah Yeah" 2015
"House Work"
(featuring Mike Dunn and MNEK)
2016 85 92 60
"You Don't Know Me"
(featuring Raye)
3 12 7 2 3 3 9 3 6 5
"Instruction"
(featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don)
2017 13 72 66 37 31 32 10 94
"Breathe"
(featuring Ina Wroldsen)
7 14 14 15 4 5 [A] 13
"Ring Ring"
(with Mabel featuring Rich the Kid)
2018 23 [B] 25
[30]
22 [C]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[11]
AUS
[12]
AUT
[13]
BEL (Fl)
[14]
DEN
[32]
FRA
[33]
GER
[15]
IRE
[16]
NZ
[34]
SWI
[20]
"I Got U"
(Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones)
2014 1 17 19 14 36 35 22 1 29 23 EP1

Production and songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits
"Dumb" 2013 Tich What I'm Meant to Say
  • Co-writer
  • producer
"Can We Dance" The Vamps Meet the Vamps Co-writer
"Won't Look Back" 2014 Duke Dumont EP1
  • Co-writer
  • producer
"Ocean Drive" 2015 Duke Dumont Blasé Boys Club Part 1 Co-writer
"The Valley" 2016 Clare Maguire Stranger Things Have Happened Co-writer
"Text from Your Ex"
(featuring Tinashe)
2017 Tinie Tempah Youth
  • Co-writer
  • producer

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist(s)
"Won't Look Back" 2014 Duke Dumont
"If You Wait" London Grammar
"Ready for the Good Life" Paloma Faith
"Talking Body" 2015 Tove Lo
"Shine" Years & Years
"Impossible" Lion Babe
"On My Mind" Ellie Goulding
"WTF (Where They From)" 2016 Missy Elliott
"House Work" (Carnival VIP) Jax Jones
"After the Afterparty" Charli XCX
"Say A Prayer"
(featuring Chaka Khan and Popcaan)
2017 TIEKS

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Breathe" did not enter the Swedish Singellista chart, but peaked at number two on the Swedish Heatseeker chart.[28]
  2. ^ "Ring Ring" did not enter the Flemish Ultratop chart, but peaked at number 17 on the Ultratip chart.[14]
  3. ^ "Ring Ring" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMahon, Milly (27 July 2017). "From The Church To The Grammys: Jax Jones On Taking His UK House Sound Global". Complex (magazine). 
  2. ^ a b "Jax Jones". BBC. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "jax jones: the boy that's anything but blasé". skiddle.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Talented Jax Jones finds success with You Don't Know Me". Gulf-Times (in Arabic). 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-11-01. 
  5. ^ a b c "EarMilk Interview with Jax Jones". earmilk.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones – I Got U". hypetrak.com. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Duke Dumont scores second Number 1 single with I Got U". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Yeah Yeah Yeah (Radio Edit) – Single by Jax Jones on Apple Music". 
  9. ^ "House Work (feat. Mike Dunn & MNEK) – Single by Jax Jones on Apple Music". 
  10. ^ "Jax Jones does the 'House Work'". datatransmission.co.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  12. ^ a b Peak positions in Australia:
  13. ^ a b "Discographie Jax Jones". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  14. ^ a b c "Discografie Jax Jones". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  15. ^ a b "Discographie Jax Jones" (enter "Jax Jones" into the "Suchen" box). German Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ a b "Discography Jax Jones". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "Discography Jax Jones". ITalian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Chart". Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  19. ^ "Discography Jax Jones". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ a b "Discographie Jax Jones". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards" (To access, enter the search parameter "Jax Jones" and select "Search by: Artist"). British Phonographic Industry. 
  22. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #430". auspOp. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "Goud en Platina – Singles 2017". Ultratop Belgian Charts. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "FIMI – Certificazioni". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  25. ^ "Jax Jone feat. Raye "You Don't Know Me"". IFPI Denmark. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "Musikindustrie - Instruction-Jax Jones". Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  27. ^ "FIMI – Certificazioni". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  28. ^ "Swedish Heatseekers Chart – 29 mars 2018". Retrieved 30 March 2018. 
  29. ^ "Goud en Platina – Singles 2018". Ultratop Belgian Charts. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  30. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 21 July 2018. 
  31. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 26, 29 juni 2018". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 29 June 2018. 
  32. ^ Cite error: The named reference DEN was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  33. ^ "Discographie Jax Jones". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  34. ^ "Discography Jax Jones". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  35. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  36. ^ "Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones "I Got U"". ifpi.dk. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2017.