I am so excited to finally do my first showcase. Jaxxon Wynn is a musician from Nashville who reached out to me at the blog and we started a conversation about anime, how it affects our lives (He sent me a song he had written about anime!) and music and today I want to showcase the [fairly informal] interview and introduce you to an awesome guy. Please check out this interview and go check out his music and pages!
[Anime Saved My Life] Alright man, lets get this started! Can you just give us a little introduction, tell us a little about yourself and your music?
[Jaxxon Wynn] Well, My name is Jaxxon Wynn and I am an ambiguous singer songwriter based out of The Greater Nashville area but I grew up in Alabama.
Besides music & art I really enjoy Anime of course! Reading books, fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping and anything that has to do with nature. I dabble in a little abstract painting. I have been getting into film shooting and editing slowly but surely.
I have also been trying to desperately get into routine exercise but alas I go really hard for about two months and then fall off and then repeat.
[ASML] Great! Sounds like you are a very well rounded individual! I have only been to Nashville a couple times, but I really like it there. Do you find it is a good place for you musically and for networking? What kind of instruments do you play?
[JW] Well thank you! I definitely try my best to be well rounded. I agree! Life is too short to limit yourself to only a small set of experiences. I love Nashville! There is so much music and art going on. Also, if music and art is not your thing there is also a lot of other crazy shenanigans to explore. It is definitely a city with many cultures and activities running through it.
Nashville is definitely meshing well where I am going musically. Everyone I am surrounded by all day is constantly working on music whether it be the creative side or the business side. It is a great inspiration to work harder and a expansive opportunity to develop my skill set. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by the beautiful people I meet in this area.
I have been playing guitar for about 10 years and a byproduct of that I can play the bass fish. I have been teaching myself piano for about a year, it has been a joy so far 🙂 but it is very different to me than stringed instruments. A bit of a challenge but a good one.
[ASML] That’s amazing man! Learning piano definitely a challenge, I took some lessons for a couple years and it helped me out musically playing guitar and other instruments as well!
So I have heard one of your songs you sent me and put it up on our Facebook page. Is there a certain sound or genre that you are shooting for particularly, or do you just write and work on whatever comes to your mind at the time?
[JW] Definitely not a certain sound. I wanna mess around with all styles and genres. I am a huge fan of Bjork, The Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst, The Gorrilaz, and Frank Ocean. So I am obsessed with the idea of each project being different and conceptual. I like how all their projects is a new sound each time. Keeps things from getting boring.
[ASML] Seems like you have a great taste in music, and I think that’s a great way of looking at the creation process. Can you give me some ways my readers can check out more of your stuff or help you out in anyway? I’ll definitely put the link to the song you’ve sent me in this article, but if you have soundcloud, bandcamp, youtube, or any other links we can get out here for you that’d be awesome.
[JW] I sure do! You can find me on all dark holes of the internet. Even Redditt.
[NOTE] I am going to put all of the links and embeds he sent me at the bottom of the article. You should definitely check them out!
[ASML] Thank you for the links! Hopefully I can send a bunch of peeps your way. Okay next question: I guess we will talk anime for a bit. What’s your favorite or favorites? I know its hard to pick sometimes haha.
[JW] Hands down my favorite would have to be….Fooly Cooly, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Inuyasha, Outlaw Star, and Yu Yu Hakusho.
My favorite movies would have to be – Princess Mononoke, Ki Ki’s Delivery Service, and Ghost in the Shell.
I also really like Kill la Kill, forgot about that one.
[ASML] Great Lists man! Okay so I think I can probably wrap this up with just one more question or maybe two. This will be for the folks back home.
How has anime altered you, inspired you, helped you, lifted you, etc. Why does it hold a prominent position in your heart? Has it saved your life?
[JW] Well, I first got in anime when I was five. I remember being at my Maw Maw and Paw Paw’s house. I was watching Princess Mononoke on some random satellite channel. My Maw Maw did not want me to continue to watch it because of the blood and “adult themes” but somehow I begged her not to change it. So, ever since then I was hooked….I was constantly hunt for new anime, even though I had no idea what it actually was at the time. The word blew my mind as well, Anime…it just felt so aesthetic to me.
Sorry gonna be a long answer lol
It just fueled my creative side since then….and added to my eccentric personality since all the characters were the same way.
All the characters always encouraged me to be myself relentlessly and to never give up, which I think is said often in IRL but never really taught heavily to young people.
When I have no friends it is there to comfort me. It kept me from the dark and constantly reminded me to move into the light!
It definitely saved my life…there were some dark times where I felt very alone, but I could find solace and warmth within the plots and characters of each series I dived into. That is why Anime Is My God.
[ASML] Thank you so much for your time man! I’m going to a con this weekend but first thing next week I am going to get everything typed up and launched! [NOTE] I Procrastinated a little. You are awesome thanks for the interview and I’m sorry it took so long I guess we are both very busy people. I come to Nashville sometimes if I do ill hit you up maybe we could grab a drink or something.
[JW] Grabbing a drink would be awesome! just let me know in advance and I am there man. No problem man, I enjoyed doing this. Thank you! Stay dope and have fun at the con! Be safe, much love.
Below I will embed some the links and music!
Alright everyone, hope you enjoyed the interview. Check Jaxxon Wynn out, give him some likes and follows. I’m proud to have him as my first Showcase Interview for Anime Saved My Life.
And now, I will be looking to showcase some more people. I’m always on the hunt for people I’d like to have on the blog, or you can just reach out to me. I’m looking for cosplayers, musicians, artists, furries, gundam builders, homestuckers; pretty much anyone associated with the anime community, or maybe you just have a good personal anime story you would like to share? That’s what we are all about. Leave me comments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook!