Join us as we have a chat with Jaxyn Lethe an upcoming star from Baltimore, making a buzz with her catchy electro-pop style. The latest hit single from her was “Techno Beats” which is the preview of upcoming EP ‘I am I don’t know’, to be released on February 4th.
OK, what’s cool about Jaxyn is that she isn’t just a regular musician. As a girl in her family where your father and aunt are practicing music, music is definately there inside the veins. It is therefore no surprise that she has found her calling in the industry.
With Jaxyn’s music she combines everything she likes, think new wave, shoegaze and a lot of feelings. Every track is filled with her soul, combining catchy tunes and reflective words that strike right in the heart.
And get this: She is not all about the music. Jaxyn is all about networking and teamwork. She is preparing for a few live shows in Boston and has some great collabs coming up.
Thus, if you are after soul-moving tracks, then Jaxyn Lethe has you sorted. Watch out for her EP and gear up yourselves to shake legs with some vibes that are marvelous.
Listen to Techno Beats below
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What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Nope! My given birth name.
Where do you find inspiration?
I write and produce music at the same time, so often times I’ll sit down wanting to try a new production technique, and I’ll write a song about whatever I’m thinking about in that moment. A lot of emotional fuel for me though comes from different relationships I have in my life.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
My dad’s a musician, and I’ve been playing piano since I can remember. Having a very vast musical background has given me a lot of tools to be able to express myself in a more precise way.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Yes! My dad is a Jazz pianist and Church music director, and my aunt fully sustains herself on her band the Billies.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I don’t think a specific person ever inspired me to want to do what I do, but rather being surrounded by people in different areas of the music industry made me feel like it was super accessible.
I also never had a moment where I was like “aha now I’m going to be a musician” because I’ve always played, composed, or produced music in a large capacity. It made the most sense for me to continue doing so as an adult after High School because I’d never done anything else.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
My dad taught me how to play piano, and then I started piano lessons at 4. I never have had formal training in singing, and when I first started writing I wanted someone else to sing my songs. It wasn’t until they never sent me the audio files that I begrugingly tracked the vocals myself.
Then I realized how much easier that was, so I just started doing it regularly. My first writing experience was in blues music, I was taking lessons with Erwin Helfer and he had me write lyrics to a 12 bar blues.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I don’t remember at all. Apparentlly I saw the Beastie Boys when I was 2, my parents took me to a lot of concerts as a kid.
How could you describe your music?
I always say Electronic Indie Pop. I’m heavily inspired by new wave, shoegaze, the Japanese House, STRFKR, and Phantogram. I take a lot of inspiration from varying places so I find it hard to place a genre.
Describe your creative process.
Sometimes I’ll have a melody in mind, and I’ll create a backing track to it, and then I’ll think of lyrics. Those songs are usually pretty catchy. Sometimes I’ll make a beat and then lyrics will come after. I’m very technically motivated, so new gear and production techniques really makes me feel creative the most.
What is your main inspiration?
I don’t know.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I admire LCD Soundsystem, because he knew exactly what he wanted and he went for it. Despite being older, despite having people tell him that he shouldn’t, he released something totally unique and it blew peoples’ minds.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Yes. I used to be less creative with my synth sounds and drum parts, since getting more experience producing and learning more in school, I feel like my music keeps getting more developed and complex.
It’s like I started off making good songs, like a grilled cheese and tomato soup. But the more I do it the more I can develop the idea to have more “flavors”, like now I can make some michelin star meal with crazy depths of flavor.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t have any. Honestly, I compete against my former self to release better stuff. Anyone that I’d feel intimidated by I like to push myself to work with them so we can join forces. I don’t believe in rivalries when working together can yeild better results.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love cooking and taking walks.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Probably dying or going to horticulture school.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I don’t like networking that much, and I feel pretty shy in really social settings. I have to force myself to put myself out there and get fans.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would end the correlation between label backing and tik tok followers.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Honestly, when I made the song I started with a beat, and ‘Techno Beats’ was the trash name I made for the project file folder. When the song developed, the tag line got pretty complicated, and the one repeated line is “swallow us.” I couldn’t think of an alternate name to “Swallow Us,” and I figured that would be a disaster, so I kept the file name.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Playing shows around Boston, and my EP release on Feb 2.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
I do, but nothing super solid yet.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
I love you!