Jamie xx is on the cover of DIY’s June 2015 issue, out this Friday (22nd May), free via UK stockists, online and on Apple Newsstand.
This 26-year-old – real name Jamie Smith – is in one of the world’s most adored bands with The xx. And at the same time, he’s a go-to voice in the electronic world. Our June 2015 cover feature discovers a producer who’s only just beginning to grasp his position, at a strange in-between that nobody else can get close to.
Obsessed with niche movements and revivals, he’s just as happy DJ’ing a new night to thirty people as he is closing out a stage at a gigantic festival. He wouldn’t have it any other way, but it’s taken one hell of a journey to get here.
Jamie’s discovery of electronic music was a reclusive one. And from the beginning of The xx, he’s been the guy at the back (“it didn’t really matter if I looked miserable or not”). Debut album ‘In Colour’, however, is his way of getting personal. A manifestation of the way he thinks and feels, some songs have been hanging around for years, lurking from his early twenties to where he is today. “Going from being 17 to 26 – that’s one of the biggest parts of your life, in terms of how you shape as a person,” he says, and ‘In Colour’ documents this coming-of-age story, one that’s impossible to replicate.
Read the full cover feature in June’s issue of DIY and online from Friday 22nd May at 12PM GMT.