Jax Jones is an English DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter and remixer who is best known for his song You Don’t Know Me. He gained fame when the song climbed to number three in the British singles charts with Raye. His musical career was partly born out of his childhood interest in hip-hop, R&B, gospel, traditional African music and was influenced by his family.
Born on 25 July 1987 as Timucin Lam, the drummer grew up in a multi-ethnic household. His Turkish father gave him the name Timucin, and his Chinese mother was also a music enthusiast. Jones also had a stepfather in Nigeria, who introduced him to Afrobeat through the famous Fela Kuti. He once told us that his parents wanted him to become a doctor, but his love for music brings some goodies with it.
Studying classical guitar at a young age reinforced his love of music, and at 15 he started making beats after discovering Cubase on his friend’s Atari. Musicians like Kylie Minogue and Luther Vandross as well as producers like The Neptunes, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins played an important role in shaping his musical horizon.
Music Career and Breakthrough
Jax Jones was jogging between lectures and music studio when he enrolled in university at the age of 18 after the encouragement of his parents. He later began performing in open mic clubs across London and eventually met up with Ripperman, a grime producer from Mitcham, and the Raw Materials Studio in Brixton. After graduating, Jones immersed himself in full-time music. He rented a studio in Sydenham when he was no longer allowed to return to his family home, from where he worked to perfect his talent. That means if anyone knows that nothing good comes easy, it’s Jones.
Since fate will always give a smile to those who believe in their dreams and work towards them, Jax Jones finally had his break. His newfound interest in house music brought him closer to Duke Dumont in 2014, and together they wrote and produced songs like I Got U, Won’t Look Back and Ocean Drive, all of which were successful.
However, it paid off to venture into singles, and so he released the single Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah and House Work in 2015 and 2016. And then in December 2016 came the single You Don’t Know Me, which became his biggest success to date, as the song reached third place in the UK and top five in several European countries, including Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Norway. For Jones, 2017, which followed immediately after the release of the song, was the “best year” of his life. He went to his Instagram page to thank his fans.
As mentioned above, Jones’s father is Turkish and he was raised by his Chinese mother and Nigerian stepfather. None of his parents’ names were mentioned, and it is not known whether he grew up with siblings.
Jones shared some photos of himself and his girlfriend, and the couple has since been married in Thailand in November 2017. On his IG page during the 2018 break, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude for making it to 2018. In his opinion, 2017 was the best year he ever had been married to the woman of his dreams, who was there before his career break. Jones also confirmed that his song with Raye and other staff sold 7 million singles and 1 billion streams.
Quick facts about Jax Jones
1. he was born with a multicultural Chinese and Turkish background and bears the full name Timucin Fabian Kwong Wah Also
2 He was raised by his Chinese mother and Nigerian stepfather, to whom he attributed his good upbringing and influence in music.
3. he developed part of his musical talent practically in the church by playing in choir rehearsals.
4. he is not only a drummer, but Jones also serves as a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, occasionally trying his hand as a background singer
5. he has also performed in songs, Breathe with Ina Wroldsen and Instruction with Demi Lovato.
6. he currently has more than 61k followers on IG and 26.4k fans on Tweeter.
7. Jones is nominated for the forthcoming BRIT Award 2018 for the best British single attitude on 21st February.
Speaking about his ambitions to produce more music and albums, Jones said he wanted to make the most exciting dance music and quoted other beatmakers he wanted to emulate.