Despite tallying 900 Million streams on Spotify around the globe and headlining major festivals, Jax Jones has remained relatively under-the-radar in the U.S. Even if you might not recognize the name, there’s no doubt you’ve heard his music all over the radio in and your favorite DJ’s house set. The hitmaking producer/DJ’s uptempo, pop-leaning house style is universally accessible and never becomes too aggressive, making it a perfect point of entry for any music fans who haven’t yet dipped their toes into the house music or EDM waters – and a blast for everyone who has.
This past weekend, Jones embarked on his North America live-show tour, making a stop at Elsewhere in Brooklyn, and his stateside fans packed the house for the 1:30am set ready to party.
Jones picked a fantastic setlist that included all of his originals and remixes, along with some of today’s biggest house tracks like Fisher’s “Losing It,” Camelphat’s infamous remix of Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here, Right Now,” and even his own remix of “This Is America” by Childish Gambino. Rather than trying to overdo it with outside songs, though, Jones focused on what his fans came for, and played a majority of his own tracks out live on a drum kit, synth and his bass guitar. That made for a familiar set that fans were extremely excited and engaged with.
Overall, Jones actively engaged the crowd throughout the set, encouraging to sing along and dance for song like “Breathe” and “Instruction,” to which they happily obliged. Between the live performance of his music, exciting new music, and an active and welcoming crowd, the 90 minute set was a blast from start to finish.
Along with fan favorites, Jones wasn’t afraid to add a few new tracks into the mix. Some of the most exciting bits of the night came when Jax played out music from his new joint project, Europa with Martin Solveig. Fans were calling out for him to play their debut single “All Day and Night” featuring Madison Beer, which he promised “would come later in the set” and which he happily delivered to a screaming crowd.
He also played an unreleased remix of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love” that sounded like it came from the Europa project. The track stopped the entire crowd in it’s tracks with its chill-inducing intro, and delivered an energetic drop that made the crowd jump. Check it out here, exclusively: