The dark. For some, it’s a reason to run. To others, the void is a welcomed solace; a destination of comfort and safety. For Ariel and Jeremy, otherwise known as “Me and My Shadow”(or MXMS for short), it’s their un-written reality. The two met by chance in a studio in the San Fernando Valley in late 2013; Ariel having just arrived in Los Angeles from New York City. What was to be a short writing session instantly blossomed into something poignant and deeply moving as their personal stories meshed into song over the coming weeks and months. The pair moved through the discovery that expelling love, death, pain, and fear into art brought instant relief not only to their personal lives; but became readily relatable to others navigating the broken state of our world and its current affairs. Offering hope through honesty showered from broken beats, dark pianos, angry synthesizers, and Ariel’s unparalleled hypnotic voice, MXMS carves yet another name on the genre tree...funeral pop. With a row of releases and a feature cinema score coming in early 2017, MXMS challenges our darkness to come to light through sound and visual stimuli in the same blunt and dramatic fashion that the duo’s influencers Massive Attack, Tricky and others began during the renaissance of technological music. "MXMS's music frequently swells from lush yet painfully intimate lows to rousing and inspirational cinematic highs, demanding to be mined for a transformative film montage. The duo relishes straddling the fine line between light and dark--as well as navigating, and often deliberately disrupting, the fault line between their fierce desires to both shun industry norms, and to share their music with the world." --Kurt McVey for Interview Magazine
jesse saint john
Name a popstar, and chances are jesse saint john has written for them them. Camila Cabello? Yep. Charli XCX? You bet. Britney Spears? Of course. The genius behind some of the biggest and most successful global releases and your favorite songs of the past 5 years, jesse saint john is ready to step out of the shadow and into the spotlight, with his new track, “MOVE,” premiering on FADER.Pulling influence from bloghaus artists that emerged from the era of MySpace like Uffie, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and The Gossip, jesse saint john’s debut single harks at a new vintage style of profoundly chaotic pop that bleeds with all the energy of a punk track. jesse’s story began with friend Brooke Candy, with jesse writing her track, “das me” - with witty lines and an IDGAF attitude, the song quickly went viral, blowing up the blogosphere and catching the attention of the likes of FADER, NYLON and more, who also fell in love with the brazen visuals that accompanied the track. And that also star Jesse. “We put the video on YouTube and they started going viral,” he explains. The two went on to feature in Grimes’ video, “Genesis” and caught the attention of Sia, a role model to jesse who opened his eyes to the opportunities he could create in songwriting, who at that point “didn’t even know songwriting was a job.” jesse is forever grateful for her friendship- “I couldn’t have asked for a better sort of first person to meet in the music industry,” muses jesse”. “She has remained just so kind and pure with no pretense whatsoever. She showed me that people in the music industry can be really really good people.”It wasn’t always easy for the LA local, who growing up was always immersed in music, performing in musicals like Bye Bye Birdie. Waiting tables at Olive Garden, he never lost sight of his goal. “I always believe that I was going to do something really big with my life and I really wanted to do it on my own,”explains the 27 year old Los Angeles native. “It was always my journey to do it on my own terms. Even working two jobs- I was always writing, and drawing on the side, doing creative direction and directing music videos while I waited tables. I just worked really really really hard.”So what pushed jesse to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight? Despite being told by numerous producers and fellow songwriters that he had “star quality,” or that “it factor,” he was always happy to remain anonymous, working behind the scenes and helping others to shape their sound.