Now, it might seem strange to have a feature introducing someone who’s got over 4.5 million views on YouTube of his latest single, a duet with the awesome Julia Michaels (can you tell we’re fans…). But here we are. So, cutting back on the intro, here are a few questions we asked Canadian native JP Saxe.
Hey JP, how the devil are you doing?
Where are you right now?
I’m in a coffee shop in Santa Monica.
What have you been up to today?
I had Cheezits for breakfast, sushi for lunch, and two arguably productive meetings.
OK, so introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi! I’m JP Saxe.
What can you tell us about your current single, ‘If The World Was Ending’, in two sentences?
It’s about imagining a world where your otherwise very rational reasons not to see the people you know you shouldn’t see, are no longer good reasons because it’s the apocalypse.
How did you come to be working with Julia Michaels?
She posted my song ’25 In Barcelona’ on Instagram and then I DM’d her and then she said we should write and I said yyyeesssssss pleassssssse
How did the duet work, did you record it together or were you on other sides of the country?
We recorded all the final vocals the same day we wrote it.
What can you tell me about the video?
I love it. Go watch it, it’s subtle and passionate and emotional and there’s basically pyro.
How hard is it making a video? Or is it all fun?
Soooooo fun. It’s super hard because I’m real detail-oriented and don’t know anything about making videos… but still so fun.
Generally these days, success is measured in YouTube view and Spotify streams, what does success look like to you?
It’s the personal stuff; the tears, the healing, the first dances at weddings, the conceptions.
How do you go about writing and choosing which songs to record?
Whatever song makes me feel the most I run with.
Can you tell us the best and the worst thing about your hometown?
The [Toronto] Raptors.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
Guy Winch. I interviewed him. I love that man.
Is social media a pain in the butt for artists, or a valuable tool for connecting with fans?
Valuable tool for sure!!! How else would I talk to the Indonesian ones.
What’s next for you?
A headline tour. And music, many more songs.
If you could recommend one song to hear this week, what would it be?
The Koln Concert, Keith Jarrett
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
I have a sock line. JP Sox.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Black. and rarely!