Get to know JP Saxe and his collaboration with Julia Michaels
The rising singer-songwriter from Toronto is effortlessly connecting with millions of listeners through his romantic and incredibly honest lyrics.
JP Saxe comes across, both as a person and a musician, as genuine and sincere. The messages and themes in his music come to life through intricate production and his unique sense of vulnerability. He’s collaborated with the likes of Charlotte Lawrence, Guapdad 4000, and, most recently, Julia Michaels.
In an exclusive interview with United By Pop, JP Saxe opens up about his latest singles, future goals and more.
How did you first get started with writing your own songs? What experiences inspired some of the first tracks you ever wrote?
Just being a teenager who didn’t understand shit about himself. Sitting at the piano writing was the first place I could figure anything out… Still kinda is, to be honest.
Your breakout single, “The Few Things,” has done incredibly well. How does it feel to know millions of people have heard your song and connected to it over the past year?
I’m not sure how to emotionally internalize a Spotify stream, but when people are getting married to the song — walking down the aisle or having it as their first dance — that’s when it starts feeling really special.
What can you tell us about your single, “Same Room,” and its message?
It was the first song I wrote after my last relationship. I was sitting at home, scrolling through Instagram trying to numb my feelings, when this Ted Talk came up called “How To Fix A Broken Heart,” and watching that lead me right into verse one.
You’ve just released a collaboration with Julia Michaels. Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with, in the near or distant future?
Paul McCartney. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Beatle. It’s also a dream [and] plan to collaborate with Kacey Musgraves.
For people who have just discovered your music, what do you want them to know about you and your sound?
I’m just trying to be honest with you. In a sing-along [type of] way.
What is one of your major goals for 2020?
Touch my toes. It was my 2019 New Year’s resolution and it’s not looking good. Also, it would be tight to do an arena tour.
What can fans look forward to in the near or distant future?
Different feelings in different songs about different things from the same sensitive ginger dude!