Interview: JAXXEE

I haven’t delved into the trip-hop genre too much, but when I discovered JAXXEE and her new track GONE, I couldn’t help but be amazed! It’s an atmospheric piece of work, showcasing JAXXEE’s songwriting skills perfectly, also mixing elements of soul into the track. If you missed GONE during our initial review, you can check it out at the end of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new song called GONE. What can you tell us about the track?

GONE marked a profound milestone in my musical journey as it not only represented my debut song but also signified my first experience in a professional studio environment. This song holds profound personal significance, acting as a source of healing and a catalyst for unapologetic vulnerability, allowing me to express my most authentic self. It embodies my choice to sever ties with my abusive father, after re-connecting 20 years later. My hope is that those who listen to GONE will resonate with its message of empowerment; its time to let go of relationships that no longer serve you or contribute positively to your life.

How has the reception to GONE been so far, and where can it be purchased?

The response to GONE has been nothing short of amazing. Hearing from people who deeply connected with the lyrics and survivors who found strength in the song has been incredibly moving. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with some even describing it as ‘expensive’ and envisioning it in the next Bond movie. Being recognized by fellow trip-hop enthusiasts was a surreal and gratifying experience. I encourage all to watch the official music video on YouTube which features a stunning contemporary dance performance by my talented 14-year old daughter. This visual is an ode to my inner child, offering a glimpse into the shadows of my early years. GONE can be purchased on iTunes and Bandcamp, in addition to streaming on all the major digital platforms.  

You collaborated with Amrit Basi and Ashleigh Ball (Hey Ocean) on the track. How was the experience, and can we expect more collaborations in the future?

These two exceptional musicians brought a whole new dimension to GONE. I was so fortune that they could share their talents. Adding live session musicians really invoked a more contemporary neo soul vibe. Amrit infused the song with his incredibly dynamic jazz-style drumming, truly breathing life into it. Ashleigh has a special way of playing the flute that brought an exotic allure to the song. I would definitely work again with either of these artists in a heartbeat and hope the stars will align.

Do you have any more singles planned for release?

I released my second single so tired last month. I think many people will find this one pretty relatable. We recorded so tired in a live off the floor style which made me work out of my comfort zone. I have a couple collaborations in the works that I can not wait to share, as well as a few more stories to tell that will get me back to Burning Rainbow Studio later this fall.

Are there any plans for an EP or album anytime soon?

At the moment, I do not have any plans for an EP or album. I have been savoring the process of writing and letting each song finds its own distinct style and story, without feeling the need to confine it to a particular feel or style. I am relishing the freedom to explore and allowing various facets of my creativity to unfold organically. When the right moment arrives, an EP is definitely on the horizon, but I’m in no hurry to rush into it.

GONE has a unique vibe, mixing trip-hop, pop and soul. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I have always had a special place in my heart for trip hop and could listen to Portishead and Massive Attack for hours on end. So naturally, when we hit the studio for GONE and gravitated towards that sound, I was absolutely thrilled. Growing up I was inspired by Erykah Badu, En Vogue, Donna Summer and Prince. More recent bands like Alabama Shakes and Black Pumas inspired my second single with their blues and soul essence. Lately Cleo Sol, Little Dragon, Hiatus Kaiyote and Jungle have been making their way into my playlists.

You’re based in Victoria, British Columbia. What is the local music scene like with you at the moment?

Victoria has an amazingly supportive community, and it is something really unique and special. Here in the local scene, you can catch me doing an acoustic set as a duo, or rocking out with a full band at one of our lively festivals. Sometimes, you’ll even find me joining one of my DJ/ producer friends on stage for a few songs in between some killer dance moves.

Do you have any tour dates lined up for the UK?
Not at the moment but I think we just put that out there into the universe… fingers and toes crossed.

Any last words for the fans?
I believe my music is meant to be cranked up, so you can truly feel it. I might be a bit biased, as I really enjoy listening to music loud, especially when I’m driving, cleaning, dancing, gardening, cooking… well, you get the picture.