Jax Anderson has been singing since she was a kid, but it wasn’t always the kind of genre-bending pop that she’s now known for.
The singer, formerly performing under Flint Eastwood, was raised in a religious household. Her father was part of a traveling choir, and faith figured largely into her early musical experiences.
“For me, religion was always a very big burden. I wanted to tell that other side of the story: You can find love, you can find joy, you can find peace, by being yourself.”
“The fact that I became a very queer artist is very, like, whoa,” Anderson says in a conversation with Ann Delisi for the “Essential Conversations” podcast.
Anderson’s had a turbulent year, shedding her moniker Flint Eastwood and confronting her feelings toward faith while coming out publicly in last year’s track, “Real Love.”
“For me, religion was always a very big burden,” Anderson says. “I felt that I couldn’t be myself. I felt like if I was myself then it wouldn’t be accepted. I wanted to tell that other side of the story: You can find love, you can find joy, you can find peace, by being yourself.”
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Interview: Jax Anderson at Willis Show Bar
This is the fourth time Ann Delisi talks with Anderson, having a comfortable, direct and sometimes funny conversation about love, Jax’s childhood and being undaunted by an unfriendly audience.
On getting boo’ed, 9:17:
“My most memorable lesson was in Tempe, Ariz.. We opened for T-Pain. I stepped on the stage, and because I was not T-Pain, they started booing, and booed my entire set.”
On Jack White, 13:00:
“I think he’s an all-compassing artist. He’s taken control of his career and has always owned it.”
On her approach to image-making, 14:11:
“You have to approach it with thick skin and humility. If you’re being too hard-headed to where you won’t listen to people and you won’t learn, it’s like, what are you doing? On the flip side, you have to know when to stick to your guns.”