Jxx – I think even an instrument like an MPC can sound organic, when it’s still electronic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to have soul. I don’t know what the key is, but I just find that it takes me a long time to get to the place where I’m doing something that makes me feel something. But when I do, it’s the best, the happiest I’ve ever been. That feeling of joyous, but still slightly melancholy, that’s sort of the zone that I go to often when I’m making music that I really love. When you hear that in the club, that’s the one moment that you remember the next day.
O – There’s definitely joy on the album, but you do exercise this restraint, where the sounds that are most intoxicating, you leave just a trail of them throughout, so the listener keeps chasing them. Whereas there are artists that will throw a hook out there and just beat it to death, there’s something very oversaturated about that.
Jxx – Yeah, definitely. I like music that makes me want to go back and hear it again, because I haven’t had enough of it. There’s a lot of electronic music where I’ve definitely had enough by the end of the song.
O – On In Colour what are the personal influences, rather than the musical influences that really affected the music? Are there things that you’re going through that have awoken certain of these tracks in you?
Jxx – Mainly it’s about the confidence that I’ve gained over the years. That I’ve been making music that other people have heard. It’s about my feelings, experiences and how I look at life differently now. Also just growing up, going from being eighteen to twenty-six is a big passage. But also when I go into the studio, sometimes it’s to escape, rather than to reflect on things that are happening in my real life.
O – There is sadness on the album, but there’s a good amount of joy, even the sadness almost comes across as melancholy, it’s not misery, it’s satisfying. The good hurt, as they say.
Jxx – That’s the stuff that I love.
O – A number of other well-known musicians went to your school, did you ever interact with them?
Jxx – Well Four Tet and Burial, Hot Chip and people were there like a decade before us. By the time I was in school it was pretty terrible. The school was so diverse, there was a lot of kids there. It was an interesting place to be in some ways, although it was pretty hard to get by for some people like me, and Romy and Oli. But there are elements that informed how we turned out, sure.
O – When the xx broke out you were incredibly young, you kind of jumped from young adulthood straight into a whole routine that very few people that age experience.
Jxx – Yeah, I mean it was a bit of a slower rise than it looked, because we’d been playing in pubs for years before. But once the record came out it was definitely a big jump, it was nice to have that circulation and people to share it with.
O – I read you guys have been doing some songwriting on the road for the next record.
Jxx – Yeah, it’s been a bit more free, the way we’ve been making the new album. We’ve been able to go places we wouldn’t have been able to go to before. We’ve only done one recording session in london, whereas the other records we weren’t anywhere but london.
O – And you’re relationship with them is still strong, yeah? You feature both of them on your album.
Jxx – Yeah, stronger than ever.