Chart-topping British DJ Jax Jones touches down for the first time ever in Las Vegas at Marquee Dayclub this weekend, and he’s bringing all the catchy, danceable beats you need. We caught up with the rising star before his poolside gig, where he plans to preview new cuts off his forthcoming album.
You have a wealth of musical influences, but teaming up with Duke Dumont seemed to shape your sound. How has he influenced you? I feel like when I worked with Duke, he gave me a crash course in underground house music, something that I wasn’t as exposed to before. He’s got such an in-depth knowledge of that side of things that I just carried a lot of production techniques and lessons from that world, which influences my kind of poppier sound. In terms of what I do now, it was a vital learning experience. At heart I’m a hip-hop kid and an R&B kid, but I’ve always had an appreciation for club culture and dance music.
Right now you’ve got “Instruction” with Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don blowing up, and fans are sending in their own videos doing the dance from the video. I love it. That was always what that song was intended for. I was trying to do my own version of “Cha-Cha Slide.” I was hoping someone, just someone, please dance to this song. It started to happen at my shows; the front row fans started doing the dance.
Explain your love of Sriracha and using that for the track’s artwork. Well, the track’s nice and spicy; it’s tropical, right? So hence the Sriracha bottle interpretation. But it comes back to me taking household goods [for artwork], and for the house music background that I’m coming from it just goes hand-in-hand. Jax Jones at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan, September 24.