South London multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Jax Jones is riding high following the worldwide success of his smash single, “You Don’t Know Me” featuring BBC Sound of 2017 nominee Raye and looks set to continue his winning streak with his latest single. “Instruction” ft. Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don was released June 16 via Polydor/Universal Music Canada. The accompanying video, released today, was shot in sunny L.A and directed by Ozzie Pullin. Watch here. Complete with their own samba band, carnival floats, and adornments, the video captures Jax Jones, Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don partying into the night to the song’s summer carnival vibes.
“Nothing says summer to me more than Notting Hill Carnival,” Jax says. “That was the mental image I used throughout the making of this song. I took the idea to my good friend MNEK and the song came together really quickly. The DJ is the controller of the dance floor and lyrically, I wanted to reflect that, which is why we’re giving instructions!”
Enlisting global pop superstar Demi Lovato and the UK’s fiercest MC Stefflon Don, “Instruction” is an empowering percussion-led call to the dancefloor. “B*tch I don’t need introduction,” Lovato snaps, while Steff delivers fiery “bad gal” bars.
“I wanted to continue where I left off with ‘You Don’t Know Me,’” Jax explains. “We knew we needed someone with a certain level of swag and confidence to pull off a song like this so we sent it to Demi Lovato to see if she was interested. I thought it was long shot but she loved the record and delivered us all the right feels in the vocal. Stefflon Don is one of the most exciting new rappers to come out of the UK today, so getting her on a song with a pop superstar like Demi is a defining moment for me as a fan of music. I love clashing genres together. It’s one of those collaborations which is as exciting on paper as it sounds on a record. I can’t wait to play this song at my festival shows this summer!”
Jax’s music is rooted in the hip-hop, grime, and house music he was surrounded by in his teenage years. These influences come through both in the studio and in his wild live sets where he helms all of the instruments himself, layering them upon beats and bass for a fresh, modern take on an old-school sound.
Prior to “You Don’t Know Me”, his biggest success to date had been as the writer and co-producer on Duke Dumont’s international 2014 hit, “I Got U”, which resulted in his first UK No. 1 in addition to several award nominations including the BRIT and Grammy Awards. As well as producing Duke’s following two singles, he has remixed the likes of Charli XCX, Lil Yachty, Missy Elliot, and Pharrell.