Joshua Christian Nanai better known as Jawsh 685 is a New Zealand music producer. He was born on November 5th 2002. Yes y’all he’s only 17.
Jawsh 685 used to be just an Instagram handle, now it is the name that has topped music charts thanks to his beat making skills and creativity.
“The Jawsh in my name was kind of just for fun on Instagram,” Jawsh told PAPER. “When I first made my Instagram, it was just ‘Jawsh,’ like that, for fun. I was just trying to be creative about the way I was spelling my name. The 685… at the time, when I made my Instagram account, I just added it onto the end of it. You know when someone makes a username and they just randomly add numbers on it? I kind of just wanted to add on 685 to mine. It was my Instagram name and I use it as my beatmaker name.”
He began making beats out of his home in February of 2019 and just over a year later Joshua has two major hits, one of which includes the evolution of his first viral beat in his signature “Polynesian Vibe”. Jawsh’s debut single “Laxed-the Siren Beat” aka “Savage Love” with Jason Derulo dropped in July of 2020 during the midst of chaos in which we know as the Covid-19 pandemic. The song has reached number one in over 15 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. It is the third most played song on US radio and has surpassed over 1.1 billion streams.
The song itself was inspired by the art of musicians creating siren jams — a type of music intended to be blasted from cars and bicycles via connected sirens, particularly popular where Jawsh is from. What’s more: his beats are entirely self-taught, making success feel even sweeter.
“It feels amazing,” Jawsh said. “I don’t know how to explain it. It’s exciting to have something big and everyone loves it, everyone enjoys it. You hear it everywhere, even just going to the mall, you hear it playing in the store. Outside, someone’s driving past in their car on the radio listening to it. It’s pretty cool.”
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