Photo Courtesy of Jxckson
Queer Next Up is a series originally posted to our Instagram. We feature smaller queer artists who we think deserve your love, support, and dedication.
Jxckson (he/him) is an Austin-based alt-pop artist who seamlessly blends elements of different genres of Pop to create a fresh and modern sound that still pays homage to the classic earworms of the past. His delivery, complete with a sly smirk, adds an extra layer of attitude and swagger to every track.
What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
The earliest memory I have is around the age of two – and I have the embarrassing home videos to prove it – but I had such a fascination with music videos and recreating them for my whole family. I was the little entertainer of the family and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do in some form or fashion.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my recent growth as an artist and getting to create projects that feel the most like myself. My recent music video shoot for DROWNING was such an amazing experience that combined my love for music videos, music, and dancing.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
“Own Your Space” – which is my life mantra. I’m naturally more of an introvert these days and wish I wouldn’t have second guessed myself so much growing up. I was such a fearless kid that I lost most of that during my teenage years and completely lost it as a young adult. It’s taken some time to find the right balance.
What does your work mean to you?
It means the world to me. It’s how I process my creative energy. In a way, it gives me a sense of purpose.
Why do you create art?
I have this driving need to create. Always have. But specifically with music, I love making people feel something. I know that’s vague but there’s something powerful about creating something that makes people react. Typically I gravitate writing songs that make people feel confidence. I think people, especially queer people, are taught to dim their own light for other people. I want to give a little light back to those people.
What have you learned about yourself though the artistic process?
I’m a better performer than I think and I don’t show myself enough grace or give myself enough credit. I think the artist in me is subconsciously expecting perfection so I used to nitpick everything to the point it slowed all my creative projects. I’ve learned the art is in the imperfections most of the time and letting go has been so liberating.
Can you give us a sneak peek of what’s to come?
Of course! You can expect another single just around the corner… and maybe… just maybe… an EP just before we get into the summer season.