Singer Jax Anderson, AKA Flint Eastwood, is ready for her time in the spotlight.
Detroit dark-pop juggernaut Flint Eastwood is on a path of world domination after the release of her latest EP, Broke Royalty, in April 2017. After slugging it out in recording studios and crummy dives for nearly seven years, singer Jax Anderson is finally getting her well-deserved taste of the big time, drawing comparisons to titans like Beyonce and Lorde.
Having shared stages with Bleachers, Foster The People, PVRIS and more already in 2018, she’s hitting Columbus on Feb. 6 for a headlining show you won’t want to miss. 1870 spoke with Anderson about her big come-up, unique sound, and whether or not she scored a free Ford Mustang…
Congrats on the being chosen as the soundtrack of the new Ford Mustang! How did that come about? Were you able to squeeze a free car out of them?
Hey thanks! They were looking for an artist for the reveal of the car and it was a bonus that I’m based in Detroit, where Ford is also from. Maybe someday I’ll charm my way into getting a car!
2017 was your biggest year to date, and 2018 is only looking sweeter. Do you have a particular highlight or special moment from last year?
I went to Australia at the end of 2017 and that was pretty wild. I’m played on the radio over there and I was unsure how that would translate. The first show I played was in Tasmania and it was insane! People on the other side of the world were singing my songs back to me and I nearly died of shock [laughs]. That whole trip was full of pleasant surprises, it definitely sticks out as the most memorable to me.
Has the world touring been everything you dreamed it would be? Do you miss Michigan when you’re away?
I do miss it from time to time, but the adventure of it all definitely outweighs the longing for back home. I’m very grateful to have such an amazing community around my music. Seeing people at shows every night and hearing about their lives makes the road a lot easier.
You’ve been doing a lot of support and festival slots. What do you have planned for this headlining tour?
Like with all my shows I want to create a welcoming, intimately chaotic environment. There will be dancing and group singing and some new jams and I’m extremely excited about it.
How did NYDGE end up on the tour?
I helped co-found a community collaboration space for Detroit musicians a few years ago called Assemble Sound and NYDGE is one of the artist who works out of the studio. He’s basically my favorite co-worker.
How has your experience been working with your new label Neon Gold (home to Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Marina & The Diamonds)?
Amazing! Everyone at Neon Gold has been such a champion. They’ve really understood my vision and have helped me grow so much as an artist.
Your sound has changed pretty dramatically from when I first saw you perform in 2013, was that very intentional or just a natural progression of your writing style?
Daaaaaamn, you’re an OG!! To me my sound has evolved, but the core of it all being my voice and lyric/writing style has always been consistent. I’m someone who listens to all types of genres and that definitely influences me when I write. I never sit down and think “I need to write a song that sounds like Flint Eastwood.” I sit down and just write what I’m into that day, so I guess it’s been both intentional and natural.
You’ve done some collaborations with some very cool artists so far, who would you most like to work with for future releases?
Flint Eastwood hits The Basement in Columbus on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Doors open at 7pm, tickets are just $10, NYDGE and Effee will open the show.