First Look Friday: Groove Into The Mood Fantastic With SilentJay x Jace XL
We here at Okayplayer were super-impressed by the Melbourne duo, SilentJay x Jace XL that we couldn’t resist profiling them for this week’s First Look Friday feature. For those unfamiliar with the Hiatus Kaiyote vocalist (Jace XL) and producer (Silent Jay) — the duo’s collaboration is like witnessing Wolverine and Spider-Man team up for some grand adventure. Their unique strain of future-sounds, rooted in retro-R&B has endeared them to us and their native land, as they have created sincere and heartfelt songs such as “Sacrifice” and “Vibrate”.
Their mini-album, Sacrifice, has been a defining event since their EP manages to pack a high-level of quality artistry within a runtime of just under 30 minutes. It makes you wonder what these guys could do with 45 minutes or even an hour. Not shying away from the powerful influence of ’90s R&B beats and rhymes, Melbourne’s own SilentJay x Jace XL have impacted audiophiles with an unique brand of music that places itself in a category all its own. Blossoming from a very fertile scene in Australia, the “Just Wakin’ Up” tandem has opened up ears from hemisphere to hemisphere.
The Rhythm Section signees are not just for the lovers and the life-livers, they’re for those looking to inject some much-needed soul in their existence. As we sit down for a hearty chat with SilentJay x Jace XL, these two creatives hit us with the dopeness like a sonic boom punch from Guile. What can be expected from this First Look Friday interview are the thoughts and musings from two of the smoothest and dynamic artists coming out of the second most populous city in Australia.
So, sit back, enjoy the slow jam groove, turn your love light on and enjoy as SilentJay x Jace XL talk about not making music for “music snobs,” their most definitive obstacles they have overcome and why traveling to South Africa was their most memorable trip so far. Enjoy our exclusive premiere of “Just Wakin’ Up” below!
Okayplayer: To music snobs the world over, SilentJay and Jace XL are making an impact on both sides of the globe. What is it that audiophiles are seeing and hearing that the world has yet to discover?
SilentJay x Jace XL: To be honest, we definitely don’t consciously make music to cater to “music snobs”. If anything, it is the complete opposite. R&B in the ’90s was pop music. Our music is just a reflection of those same vibrations and we think that’s what people dig.
OKP: For those who have a sincere passion for music, they honed their skills and practiced their craft. Who are SilentJay x Jace XL’s most cherished influences in music and why?
SJxJX: What we appreciate most about an artist is their pursuit to carve their own path. Experimenting and evolving their own sound is a wonderful sight to behold and hear. With that said, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Sly Stone, John Coltrane, Pharrell Williams, J Dilla and Flying Lotus are just a few of our most cherished influences.
OKP: “Rockabye” is a very dope song and has placed you guys on the radar of music lovers who have a heavy presence within the industry. Can you talk about how life was for you both while developing as artists? How did you guys react to the first bits of press ever received as a duo?
SJxJX: We were both involved in a few different bands and experimented with writing some songs when were living together. The EP came about at that point in our lives because we both had something to say and offer. There’s honestly no greater inspiration than hearing other people liking and appreciating your music. The two of us are always creating… it is just who we are. But knowing other people feel it just as much as we do brings us confidence and excitement to share our musical experiences with others.
OKP: What have been the most definitive obstacles that you guys have overcame in your careers thus far?
SJxJX: Letting go of our music has been, so far, the biggest obstacle. We’re both always creating and experimenting, but to actually say that something is finished and worthy of sharing with the world has been the hardest part. Add the pressures and expectations of a first release and you can understand why the hesitation is there. To be frank, we’ve overcome that fear with this recent release and judging by the response, we’re just excited to share more with you all.
OKP: Can you guys also talk about the importance of the music industry scene in Australia? How do you both see it evolving in the next five years?