Following Jax Jones’ triumphant sold-out hometown show at London’s Roundhouse at the weekend, where Europa – his collaborative project with Martin Solveig – saw its live debut, the pair have premiered a dizzying, CGI-peppered official video for their electric debut single ‘All Day And Night’, featuring white-hot US singer Madison Beer. Europa is two friends who also just so happen to be multi-platinum artists (with over 4 billion combined streams), pushing each other to investigate musical avenues they’d never explore on their own.
Europa is club-focused pop music and pop-focused club music. Europa is friendship. Europa is a larger-than-life explosion of unexpected combinations, total freedom, unexpected twists and bridges not walls. Europa is the phrase ‘stronger together’ brought to life in vivid colors.
Born out of mutual admiration and cemented by a hug given by Martin after Jax’s set in Ibiza, the pair’s collaboration has been a long time coming. It was only after Solveig made the Eurostar trip to Jax’s London studio that they realised that they had something special and the spirit of Europa started to take shape: ‘’for the first-ever Europa session, Martin came in and played a song with a cheeky sax riff in it.’’ Jax adds ‘’He looked at me as if to say: ‘This is a bit taboo, but we could try it.’ And then I said: ‘Well if we’re doing that, how about TRANCE?”
One delight of the genre-agnostic Europa outlook is that it’s truly a project without hard borders, and with US singer/songwriter Madison Beer, who was recognized by Billboard on its 2018 ‘21 Under 21’ roster of the most promising young talents in music, contributing vocals to chart-ready walloper All Day And Night, Europa is also a celebration of frictionless relationships with the rest of the world. “To have Madison on our first track is great. She has an undeniable truth in her vocal that we both really like and since launching her career she’s become an influential voice of her generation,” Martin comments. Late last year Madison released ‘Hurts Like Hell’, which continues to climb the charts and was described by Complex Magazine as her “biggest track to date.” The song is just a glimpse of what’s to come from her highly-anticipated upcoming debut studio album this summer. Future singles will pair Europa with further still-under-wraps vocalists; they’ll be complemented in Europa’s live shows by a raft of club-ready cuts bursting with spontaneity and openness.
“A huge common point for us is that we want people to have fun,” Jax and Martin explain. “Europa has allowed both of us to step out from what everybody else might consider reasonable. Music doesn’t have to be reasonable. You might even say it shouldn’t be.”
The announcement of Europa follows an impressive start to 2019 for London’s Jax Jones. A second BRIT Award nomination in a row came in the wake of his latest Top 10 collaboration – the groove-fuelled earworm ‘Play’ ft. Years & Years. He just played his biggest headline show to date at London’s Roundhouse on 6th April, before heading to America for a landmark nine-date tour.
Playing numerous illustrious festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, SW4, and Lollapalooza, Martin Solveig continues to build his reputation as a truly multifaceted star of dance music. Previously bringing his ‘My House’ event series to various venues, including his own ADE showcase and a Pacha Ibiza residency, Martin is best known for his huge hits ‘Intoxicated’, ‘Do It Right’, ‘Places’, ‘All Stars’, and as recently as last summer, ‘My Love’.
EUROPA TOUR DATES
29th June Sunset Beach Festival, Germany
13th July Airbeat One Festival, Germany
21st July Tomorrowland, Belgium
10th August Boardmasters, UK
24th August SW4, UK