Jax Jones

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Jax Jones
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Background information
Birth nameTimucin Fabian Kwong Wah Aluo
Born (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 32)
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • remixer
LabelsPolydor
Associated acts
Websitejaxjones.co.uk

Timucin Lam[1] (born 25 July 1987), known professionally as Jax Jones, is an English DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer. He rose to fame in 2014 by featuring on Duke Dumont's number-one single "I Got U". He followed this up with his own singles "You Don't Know Me" featuring Raye and "Instruction" featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Jones' debut studio album Snacks (Supersize) was released on 6 September 2019.

Early life[edit]

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 supported Demi Lovato in the United Kingdom on her Tell Me You Love Me World Tour. His debut studio album Snacks (Supersize) was released on 6 September 2019.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMahon, Milly (27 July 2017). "From The Church To The Grammys: Jax Jones On Taking His UK House Sound Global". Complex.
  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). 20 February 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  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". Official Charts Company. 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.