â€œI didnâ€™t listen to punk music growing up at all.â€
Thatâ€™s become one of the more interesting revelations about Jxdn, the 20-year-old ascendent pop-punk superstar bolstered by TikTok and boosted into the pop sphere by Blink-182â€™s Travis Barker. For the singer born Jaden Hossler, MTVâ€™s Push artist for August 2021, the time since then has been a quick education.
What got Jxdn into punk music was an ex-girlfriend introducing him to Blink-182 once he first moved to Los Angeles. Little did he know that Barker would eventually take an interest in his work after hearing his breakout hit â€œComatose.â€ â€œIt was the first time I heard of Blink consciously. I knew their songs in passing but it was the first time I ever heard them,â€ he tells MTV. â€œAnd then my manager calls me and she was like, â€˜Travis Barker just called and wants to be talking to you about working with you.â€™â€
Jxdn especially enjoyed collaborating and making â€œThink About Meâ€ with the Blink-182 drummer. â€œIt was such a fun track. I remember thatâ€™s when Travis was like, â€˜Weâ€™re gonna make some pop-punk.â€™ So we did.â€
â€œWhen writing and producing â€˜Think About Me,â€™ it really gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of my music,â€ he said, â€œbecause the music you have affects the music you’re gonna make.â€
Jxdn talks about how he does not follow a specific format writing his music. To him, having a connection to co-writers and producers also matters a lot. â€œSometimes weâ€™re [working] from scratch, and Iâ€™ll have an idea of just words, and Travis is like, â€˜Oh, bet,â€™â€ he said. â€œTravis produces a lot, which people donâ€™t understand. Every single song of mine heâ€™s produced. Itâ€™s about having the right connection. I donâ€™t use a lot of writers, Iâ€™ve probably been in with two. Itâ€™s not about [that] I think Iâ€™m better. My music has to have a connection and it has to be coming from a real space. It just takes a minute to get there sometimes.â€
Looking back at â€œThink About Me,â€ which has kept him on the mainstream radar, Jxdn wonders if he could go back and do it differently. But he sees it as a pivotal point in gaining a sense of strength and love for himself, along with satisfaction on what he has been able to do.
â€œThis song is exactly what it needs to be, and the music video that came with it was the first time I ever felt confident about what I was wearing,â€ he says about the soft boy aesthetic he sports in the “Think About Me” visual. â€œI was always really reaching for stuff before. But I just decided Iâ€™m gonna paint my nails differently. Iâ€™m gonna wear a cardigan and look kind of like emasculine and not very strong, and I felt more confident, and I feel like I gave off a such more organic strength than I ever had before.â€
Discovering pop punk brought so much happiness into Jxdn, and he hopes that others are able to see that: â€œI want my music to speak for itself, which I hope it does, and I donâ€™t want it to distract from that.â€
Watch Jxdnâ€™s spirited performance of â€œThink About Meâ€ with Barker on drums (naturally), and get to know him more in the MTV Push interview above.