Hi Jaxx, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great actually! Since the virus changed the world I’ve been learning quite a lot of things including time management and work balance and all that. So actually I’m pretty happy right now, it was a good learning session to me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Paranoia”?
Yup sure, I kinda knew Dread MC but never met or spoken until we jumped on this production. I followed his socials maybe back in 2018 or 2019 because I really dig My Nu Leng and found him MCing on their socials.
We started chatting about a collab and the first one was done in a couple of days, but this Paranoia wasn’t that. I had to finish off some productions around that time, so I had to do other stuff. Then a couple of weeks after I listened to the song and it was sick haha, so hit him up again and asked for another one which is Paranoia.
It didn’t take long and the session was pretty smooth because his vocals always inspire me. My current sound is a bit everywhere to be honest, which I’m not sure about lol but this one especially is harder side of me for sure and I would say it’s more towards big room and EDM. The drop is super heavy.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Actually I names this song Paranoia when we started it because of the pandemic and all, but I didn’t expect COVID-19 was this tough or even this song would come out on Confession. So if anything inspired me for this record, I would say the virus and Dread MC as I wrote above.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I wish but don’t think it would, I kinda wanna ask how important it is actually. I’ve been hearing it’s an important thing to make one for your release in the US a lot, but I’m not an expert of the market even that’s the market I’ve been looking at right now. In my country, there are of course music videos and creatives but usually those are financially supported by major labels or cool creative people who have the skills. I hope I can make one real soon though! I need more cash lol
How was the recording and writing process?
I believe I wrote the track first this time, and sent his some versions with the title Paranoia with a bit of explanation and a guide how I want him to sing I reckon. But could be wrong, we’ve done 4 or 5 tunes in the past few months, all I can say for those records, we had only 1 tune difficult time because I was trying to get too far but other than that all went well.
What made you want to lean more towards the bass house sound?
Definitely AC Slater. Of course I appreciate my good friends Sinden, Bot and Astronomarfor letting me see uniqueness of house music and intro me to AC Slater a long time ago. But before I met AC Slater, I was doing everything like Trap to Hip Hop, UK Grime to Dubstep and more, it was definitely a good experience as a producer but after I met AC Slater, I became more focused on what I wanted to do. Also he’s a super nice guy in general, I love him!
What role does Tokyo play in your music?
There are some young and talented producers in Japan and they are so different from me or producers around my age. I always enjoy speaking to them and finding new stuff and ideas. They sometimes don’t even know why there was an intro on house records because they never played on vinyls or I don’t know, but that’s so new to me you know what I mean? So asking them to check my music and I check theirs are just giving me more ideas and find how I can be different.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes a couple collabs with Dread MC will come out in the next few weeks, and one of them was the first track we did and I said before. It’s very unique with guitar and lots of Serum haha as usual.
Actually I scheduled to put all out together over the winter because of COVID-19, so I had a lot of time to work on music and now time to release them all!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
NIGHT BASS announced THIS IS NIGHT BASS VOL.11 which will be out on Nov 27th. My new track Limbo will be in the compilation with a lot of good records by my friends including Tony Romera and Honey & Badger. Also I leaked the dates for my new music Dec 4th, 18th and Jan 15th. Hope you guys will dig those too!
What else is happening next in Jaxx Da Fishworks’ world?
I’d love to come to the US for touring, this is my main goal in 2021. Last year I signed to Relentless Beats for the US management and absolutely love working with them. So more music towards the US market and fans, and hopefully shows after the US is fully recovered!
JAXX DA FISHWORKS & Dread MC ‘Paranoia’ [Confession] [Stream]: smarturl.it/jaxxparanoia