There’s no escaping the draw of JAW once he has you in his sights. Across the world he has seduced the hearts and minds of dancefloor dwellers, holding them captive with his voice as he douses them in vodka. As the vocalist for madcap house wayfarers dOP, Jaw has blossomed into one of the most distinctive performers in a scene where few dare to cross the barrier of the DJ booth.
A fearsome touring schedule since first emerging in 2007 has undoubtedly honed JAW’s skills, but it comes naturally to him to be working hard. From selling popcorn at Euro Disney to manning a sex shop, grafting in a kitchen to fronting a hotel reception, Jaw has served his time in unforgiving jobs and unsociable hours.
From the age of 13 he was experimenting with music, playing in bands before being accidentally thrust in front of a microphone, developing as a singer ever since and ultimately morphing into the crooning prince of the party we know and love today. As dOP has taken him ever further around the globe, Jaw has seen the opportunity to develop his own project, grand in scale and wild in style, reflecting his work ethic and a desire to connect with and understand the world around him.
Working with a host of different producers across 28 tracks, “Midtown” is proof that JAW doesn’t do things in half measures. His intention is to make the perfect introductory statement, identifying himself in every shade of music to allow listeners the full picture. Forcing producers to go outside their comfort zone to meet his musical vision, whilst adopting a unique singing style for each track, Jaw has sought to craft the ultimate compilation to represent who he is.
It’s an open move, laying his soul bare before he moves on to explore more mysterious ways of making music, but Jaw is on a constant mission to take in human contact. His website, an online collection of his photographs from around the world, is addressed with his telephone number, positively inviting the world to call up for a chat.
It’s this affinity for making connections that makes Jaw such a good story-teller, fuelling his imagination and leading him astray, and like the pied piper when he starts singing we can’t help but follow.