The Toronto-hailed singer-songwriter unpacks inspirations, dream collaborations and his brand new EP.

Singer JP Saxe
Singer JP Saxe

Apocalyptic love songs. Wide-eyed travels. Dating apps. And getting over heartbreak. These are just a few of the widespread topics broached by JP Saxe in his tender and heartfelt music.

For a while now, the Toronto-hailed singer-songwriter has been making waves with his gently simmering pop tracks, with “If The World Was Ending” (complete with atmospheric visuals), “The Few Things” and “Women Who Look Like You” garnering thousands of views – as well as buzzy collabs with the likes of Grammy-nominated Julia Michaels and rapper Guapdad 400.

With his EP out today, we caught up with the singer-songwriter and talked inspirations and dream collaborations.

When did you first realise you wanted to do music?
At like 11. It was the first place I was ever okay with myself.

How would you describe your genre?

Who did you listen to growing up?
Not my teachers or parents. Mostly my heart. Also Lauryn Hill.

Where do you get your inspirations for your music from?
Whatever I’m thinking about in the shower is usually what my songs are about.

What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever had about your music?
It felt like somebody’s experience they thought no one else had.

Where did the inspiration come from for “If The World Was Ending”?
Imagining a world where otherwise good reasons not to talk to somebody became irrelevant.

Tell us about your new EP…
My new EP is called “Hold It Together” and it has a lot of myself in it. Definitely oversharing. I’m not sure how to do it any other way. Otherwise I’m just up on stage lying to myself every night.

Who would you love to collaborate with?
Paul McCartney, Lizzo, Alessia Cara, Sam Smith.

What’s next for you?
Traveling, talking to strangers, being surprised by new shit that makes me happy!