By Alex Teitz
Jax Anderson is Flint Eastwood, a Detroit based artist who will be playing Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza this summer. She released her Broke Royalty EP in April on New Gold Records. It is a different EP than her 2015 Small Victories EP. FEMMUSIC was honored to get an e-mail interview with this quickly rising talent. She will be playing Project Pabst in Denver on May 20. For info visit http://www.flinteastwoodmusic.com/
FEMMUSIC: Can you describe your songwriting technique?
JA: I usually start with some sort of instrumental, vibe off it for awhile and let a stream-of-consciousness take over. I’ll either let the melodies fly, or I’ll have a lyric in mind to build off of. Then I show some of my friends and let them lay some melodies or instrumentation down if they’re feeling it.
FEMMUSIC: Tell me about Broke Royalty. How did you approach the project differently than Small Victories?
JA: Whereas with Small Victories, I was writing music as a way to cope with the death of my mother, Broke Royalty is centered around the idea of not letting lack of means stop you from being who you want to be and creating your own kingdom. With Broke Royalty I was at a place of peace with everything. I wanted to write songs that would push confidence into other people and let them know that things get better.
FEMMUSIC: What was the biggest challenge making Broke Royalty?
FEMMUSIC: I see that Paul Meany & Tommy English were involved in production. How do you know them and why did you want them involved in this project?
JA: I met Tommy through a mutual friend a few years back and finally met him at sxsw about a year later. He’s a really cool dude, very down to earth. I was eventually in LA for a weekend and hit him up to write, he was down, and we vibed on a track that would eventually become Assemble Kids. I met Paul through some mutual people we both work with. Also very chill, and very much a sweetheart. He heard some of my tracks and wanted to help. He definitely helped take these songs to the next level.
FEMMUSIC: Broke Royalty has GRiZ, Tunde Olaniran on it. Was there anyone else you wanted to bring in for this project that you couldn’t? Did you have a wish list of people?
JA: I’m the type of artist where I want to work with anyone and everyone. I didn’t plan on any of these features, they all sort of just happened!
FEMMUSIC: Tell me about Assemble Sound? It sounds like an amazing space. What is your role with it?
JA: Assemble Sound is a hunter green (almost black) church from the 1870’s that a few friends and I purchased and repurposed into a collaboration space for musicians or artists that are working out of Detroit. We saw this gap that existed in Detroit’s music scene where there were these incredible musicians that were working in the city, but were rarely interacting or working together. We wanted to provide a space that could gather and create and hopefully learn from each other.
FEMMUSIC: What’s one thing would you like to change about the music industry?
JA: I would like everything to be a little more artist-friendly and a lot less confusing haha.
FEMMUSIC: Whom would you most like to tour with/collaborate with (that we might nor have mentioned already)?
JA: SIA or Vince Staples would be the ultimate.
FEMMUSIC: What advice do you give to artists just starting out?
JA: Work hard, be kind, be easy to work with, and always follow your gut.