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U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Jax Jones with Tony Smooth and Noce at U Street Music Hall
10:30 PM / $10 / 18+
$12 at the door.
Tickets on sale Friday 7/28, 10 AM
Jax Jones — «Instruction» (featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don):
Live beat-maker and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones is, at his roots, a solo act. Growing up in a multi-ethnic household, Jax was exposed to a wealth of influences. After his Nigerian stepfather introduced him to afrobeat via Fela Kuti and rap with a tape of the Biggie Smalls album, Jax's musical diet developed to consist of Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel and traditional African music. Producers like The Neptunes, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins shaped his musical horizons and his fascination with the anatomy of a rhythm section. Having initially studied classical guitar from a young age, Jax took up beat-making at 15 after discovering Cubase on his friend's Atari. Cutting his teeth at open mic clubs around London, Jax eventually came together with Rippermann, an up-and-coming grime producer from Mitcham at Brixton's Raw Materials Studio and worked on notable releases for Big Narstie and Roadside Gs, among others in the scene.