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Story by Evan Hennigar
Lyrics can have ‘a ring to them’ and tell a compelling story. It’s the storytelling that has helped many in my generation through uncertainty, stress, and now, a pandemic.
I listened to many artists during COVID, but there was one specific artist I had on repeat. His new album “Shark Week” dropping was a highlight after months of isolation.
Jaxon Booth grew up in Lunenburg, and with grit, determination and a loyal, local fanbase, he’s grinding out a music career. Jaxon is a talented songwriter and I wanted to find out what inspires his lyrics.
EH- How does a boy from rural Nova Scotia decide that he wants to be a musician/singer/songwriter?
JB- Growing up I had always had a love for all kinds of music, especially hip hop. At 14 I decided that maybe this is something I would want to try out. There have been many highs and lows, but I wouldn’t trade these past years for anything in the world. Music has allowed me to meet so many incredible people and have such amazing experiences. It’s what I love to do, and I hope whoever listens to it feels that as well.
EH- If you were to put your music in a bucket or genre, what would it be called?
JB- That’s a tough one! I have recently been dabbling in other genres so I would have to say it’s something like indie-pop-hip-hop-punk which looks absolutely ridiculous when I type it out!
EH- Your lyrics are smart and uplifting, but there is a message behind them. Where do they come from?
JB- I think being honest separates you from other artists. We’ve all had similar experiences but we each have a different way of telling that story. Whether I’m making people laugh or cry, it all comes directly from the heart.
EH- What do you want your music to say to people?
JB- I want you to realize that no matter what you’re going through, no matter how hard life gets, everything is going to be okay, just hang in there and keep going.
EH- What has been your single biggest challenge being a musician?
JB- I think gaining exposure has definitely been the biggest challenge. It was a very slow start and there were times where I wasn’t sure if this was going to be worth all the time and energy I put into it, but I knew that I loved it and if I kept trying and working hard some of the gears would start turning, which they did! That being said I am still a very small-time rapper. I have a dedicated fan base who show up to the shows, buy the merchandise, and listen to the music, which is all I could ever ask for.
EH- People have discovered that they need music in times like this. What do you want people to know about how to support musicians?
JB- Unfortunately, with COVID we had to completely shut down our whole business for a couple of months, and rebuilding it
in these trying times has proven to be difficult. To help support musicians pay for their music, buy some merchandise, or even come to a safe and responsible social distanced live show which we have started doing again!
EH- You come from a family of artists and creative people. What was that like?
JB- Everyone in my family has a special place in their heart for music. One of us is always singing or listening to something-
it helps keep the days interesting! They’ve been my biggest supporters, especially my older brother Connor. He’s had my back since I started all of this and it’s safe to say, without him, I would not be here doing this right now. I love you, man!
EH- Your dad died when you were young. How did that influence your music?
JB- Unfortunately, my father passed before I even had any interest in becoming a serious musician. He showed me Blink 182, Sum 41, The Offspring and countless other bands that have shaped my taste in music and helped make me the artist that
I am today. I know he would be proud and in the front row at every show.
To listen or learn more about Jaxon, go to atayandjax.com