2019 was a big year for JP Saxe, which saw him become somewhat of a staple on the lips – and social media accounts – of numerous celebs and music fans thanks to the release of “If The World Was Ending”, featuring Julia Michaels. Now, he’s kicking off 2020 with the release of his debut EP and has a run of UK shows taking place later this month. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with him to chat favourite artists, song-writing inspiration and his ambitions for the year ahead.
TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a career and was there a particular band or artist/song or album that impacted that decision?
JP Saxe: Around 19, when I moved to LA. At that time, I was listening to a lot of Justin Nozuka.
TITL: Which bands and artists would you say most inspire you when it comes to the music you make?
JP: Gershwin, Yesika Salgado, Julia Michaels.
TITL: If you had to describe yourself and your music in four words what would you say?
JP: Over-intellectualized but generally sincere.
TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an artist is?
JP: Asymmetrical jaw line.
TITL: From who or what do you most often find inspiration for your song-writing?
JP: The feelings I don’t quite understand yet.
TITL: There are many brilliant songs around, spanning the decades, but if you had to choose, which, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written and why?
JP: Itsy bitsy spider. It’s timeless. It will always go up the water spout.
TITL: Your latest single, “If The World Was Ending”, which features Julia Michaels, has proven to be a HUGE hit with several celebs posting and tweeting about the track. Did you ever expect or could you ever have anticipated the reaction it’s received?
JP: Nope. It’s really fucking cool.
TITL: How exactly did Julia come to be involved on the track?
JP: She posted my song “25 In Barcelona” on IG. I messaged her, she said we should write, and we wrote ifwwe the day we met!
TITL: The track was produced by Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother who is also making quite a name for himself. What was the creative/productive process like between the two of you?
JP: So easy. He’s brilliant. All his instinct were spot on.
TITL: Are there plans for an EP or album in the works?
JP: My EP Hold It Together was released on Friday!
TITL: What about tour and performance plans? Any chance fans can see you in a town or city near them soon?
JP: Yup!! Europe with Lennon Stella and then at least another tour this year but likely and probably more.
TITL: As well as praise, artists often face a lot of criticism from critics but do you pay much attention to or care much about what such people think? Do you ever find negative comments hurtful and how do you overcome how they make you feel?
JP: I get compared only to other sexy gingers. I’m happy about it.
TITL: Taking into account all the praise you’ve received from users of social media, how do you feel about the industry’s – and society’s – apparent reliance on it? Do you believe it’s at all possible for bands and artists to achieve success without being socially interactive these days and do you think there are any downsides to the industry in particular being so technology/connectivity driven?
JP: It’s just a tool. It can be a beautiful connector or a delimitating distractor. The differentiation is entirely in our own hands.
TITL: Finally then, what are your plans for 2020? After the success you’ve achieved so far, what’s the next goal for you to reach for and achieve?
JP: Keep being myself and stay happy for the right reasons.