As the music industry has adapted to the ‘new normal’ in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, recording and touring artists have used this downtime (tours and other events live) to connect with their fans on a more personal level than ever before. There was also an uprising by a handful of music industry pioneers born out of chaos and adversity who tormented everyone globally, regardless of their race, religion, age or background. beliefs. Recording artist and social media sensation Jax is one of those pioneers in the music industry who quickly gained a large online audience with over 700 million views and 7 million dedicated subscribers on his only TikTok account since entering quarantine last year.
If the staggering numbers on TikTok weren’t impressive enough, the latest release of Jax’s single “Like My Father” has received over 45 million views, as verified by the leading song recording and protection platform of the music industry www.VeriSong.com. The song’s incredible success can be attributed in part to her firsthand experience seeing how her father has shown his love for his mother throughout her life. The song is filled with deeply moving lyrics paired with an emotionally evocative piano melody and chord progression that have struck a chord with music lovers and critics alike.
MIW was able to sit down with the multi-talented and incredibly down-to-earth Jax to discuss the success of her new single and learn more about what makes her “Tik” in regards to her family, her music career. and its new success. .
MIW: Anyone who pays attention to social media or watches shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show or Access Hollywood has become familiar with you and your music. What most people don’t know is that you’ve been working on your music career for a very long time, before you even went viral on social media or got interviewed on various TV networks. Can you take our readers a step further in your music career before you become a household name?
Jax: First of all, I’m humbled that you even say something like that. I am extremely grateful that I can create music that people enjoy and can relate to. Before all of that, I was playing in pop-punk bands and on the Warped Tour, the Bamboozle Tour and wherever we could play. I was lucky to be able to open for groups like Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers and Ke $ ha. What a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s not as glamorous as it sounds. I remember once on the Jonas Brothers tour, we ended up having to sit down and play in the back of a semi-truck. We just did what we had to do. I’ve been on stage pretty much my entire life – I’m an emo kid at heart and a fan of the garage band attitude. Now that I look back, it really toughened me up for this industry and I’m grateful for all of those experiences.
MIW: When did you realize you had a passion for music and entertainment?
Jax: I was a skater kid growing up in New York City and as far back as I can remember I still danced and wrote songs. I wrote my first song when I was 10 or 11 years old. I loved writing songs that made my family and cousins ââlaugh and even put on plays at our family reunions. I remember dancing and acting like crazy. As I got older I was just trying to figure things out – I explored theater, music, and songwriting. I had a piano in my room and I still wrote songs.
MIW: Most people don’t know that you landed a publishing deal early in your career and wrote songs for artists like Paris Hilton, Weezer, and Big Freedia. Can you tell us a little more?
Jax: Yeah, I went to LA and signed a publishing deal and had a lot of fun writing songs with some incredibly talented people. It was a great experience and I loved working with them. I was working my ass 6-7 days a week as a songwriter while working on my own music and playing. When Covid hit the studios shut down completely, so I was kind of forced to start focusing on my own stuff and posting it on social media.
MIW: Take our readers back to when you created the TikTok video “Stacy’s Mom’s Perspective”. How did that happen and what went through your mind at the time?
Jax: It was a little crazy, really. I had uploaded content on TikTok that was a bit more serious and overproduced, only getting a few hundred views at a time. I ended up saying, âShit, I’m just gonna be myself! I said to my boyfriend âThis sucks! I’m gonna do something stupid, just give me a minute and I’ll be right back. That’s when I put a towel over my head and recorded “Stacy’s Mom’s Perspective”. I went to bed with about 1,000 views and woke up with over a million views. It was a crazy and surreal experience.
MIW: Since then you have collaborated and written songs with Natasha Bedingfield and several parodies have gone viral like “Sk8ter Boi & Avril Lavigne 18 Years Later”, “From The Kid I Babysit’s Perspective” and “90s Kids”, starring Patrick Renna (The Sandlot). You also signed to Atlantic Records and released two hit singles “Ring Pop” and “90s Kids” which earned you a spot on Sirius XM’s “Artists to Watch” list in June 2021.
Jax: Whoa, you did your homeworkâ¦ lol!
MIW: We wanted to give a brief history to catch up with our readers on your most recent single, âLike My Father,â which you recently released in June and which currently has over 48 million views on TikTok. Can you tell us a bit about why you wrote the song and what the success of this latest single means to you?
Jax: I really wanted to tell the story of the relationship between my parents that made me who I am today and the type of man I am looking for in my life. It’s such a special feeling when something that matters so much to you connects with so many other people. It meant so much to my parents too, I just wanted to honor them and their love for each other. Their reaction to the song when I played it for them was priceless.
MIW: The clip is beautifully done, and it was so nice to use your parents in the video to act out themselves. How was that experience – making a video with your parents?
Jax: Thank you so much! It was my first time making a video. It was a learning experience and seeing it come to life was crazy. I remember when I was leading the dance scene – my poor mother fell and hurt herself. The realization was much more difficult than I thought. But I was super proud of the end result. One of my favorite things to date is seeing people from all over the world duo with their families. My parents and I are going to watch them and cry because they are so touching. It is an honor to be able to help others express their love story.
MIW: Your parents seem to be amazing people with an amazing love affair. Was the process of writing this song different from writing your other songs?
Jax: This song was one of the easiest songs for me to write. It is a true story of their life. My dad is an amazing man and has always expressed his love for my mom. Their love is a kind of romantic love. They’re the first to jump on a dance floor, they cook dinner for each other, they go out to parties and I could tell how special their relationship is. I can’t wait to experience this kind of love too.
MIW: Where can we see you play âLike My Fatherâ live and in person?
Jax: I will participate in a few benefit concerts in honor of my father and in memory of the 20e September 11th anniversarye. My father is a retired firefighter from New York and was injured at Ground Zero on September 11. I supported Tunnel to the towers which is one of my favorite foundations and I have supported them for years. Steven Siller was a Brooklyn firefighter who learned from his scanner after his shift ended that a plane had struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He drove his truck to the entrance to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was closed for safety reasons. He tied 60 pounds. equipment behind his back and ran on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave his life while saving the others. The foundation honors Stephen and his sacrifice in addition to honoring our military and first responders who continue to make sacrifices for our safety and freedoms.
MIW: It’s an incredible story. Where can our readers find out more about Tunnel to the towers and show their support?
Jax: They can go to https://t2t.org/ to learn more and help in many ways – from volunteering, to donating, and even starting a run or climb in their area. It is a great organization that is close to my heart.
MIW: How can our readers stream or download âLike My Father?
Jax: They can go to this link to stream or download the song:
MIW: Where is the best place for our readers to connect with you on social media?
Jax: The easiest way to contact me is through my Instagram or TikTok:
âLike My Fatherâ continues to gain traction online and around the world. It will certainly be one of the most popular songs performed at weddings for the traditional father-daughter dance and will continue to be a beacon of hope to people all over the world as an anthem of what true love is for. may look like.
As for the multi-talented and multi-faceted Jax, we will be closely following this taste maker and music pioneer. If authenticity is the new currency, the world is its oyster.