- 13 Jun 23
Following her phenomenal chart success, Jazzy is ready to make the leap from punter to performer at Longitude. She tells us about her celebrations after hitting No.1, the importance of community, and the strength of the current Irish dance scene.
Ahead of our conversation, Jazzy has been busy “running around doing the last few bits” ahead of her summer holidays. Endearingly easy-going, she’d remind you of countless other young women in Dublin – though she’s most definitely the only one you know with more than one No.1 hit to her name.
Having already been part of one of the most remarkable Irish music success stories in years, after featuring on her friends Belters Only’s phenomenal hit ‘Make Me Feel Good’ – which made the Dublin collective the first homegrown dance act to top the Official Irish Singles Chart in over two decades – Jazzy is now making history as a solo act.
The Crumlin native’s debut solo single, ‘Giving Me’, was released back in March, and went on to get the remix treatment by the likes of Symmetrik, Alcemist and Darius Syrossian. Three months after the house track’s original release, it's currently at No.2 on the Official Irish Singles Chart, following a three-week run at No.1. Her chart success made her the first Irish female artist to top the chart in 14 years, following Julie-Anne Dineen’s charity single ‘Do You Believe’ back in 2009.
The milestone moments don’t stop there. ‘Giving Me’ has now soared to No.3 in the UK, and recently made Jazzy the first ever Irish female artist to hit No.1 on the Spotify Ireland Top 50 chart. At the time of writing, the single has clocked up over 21.5 million streams on Spotify alone.
Now, back to more pressing matters: her imminent holiday.
“It was good timing, because I already had my holiday booked,” she laughs. “Going away with a No.1 is great!”
She also happened to be out of the country when she got the initial news about going No.1.
“I was in London, so we all went to an Irish pub at the end of the day, after the stats came out,” she recalls. “We had a bit of craic in the pub, and ended up buying everyone there a drink! It was a great atmosphere.”
You can see footage of the moment Jazzy, wrapped up in a tricolour flag, announced that news to the unsuspecting pub patrons on her TikTok – in a video that’s already been viewed over three million times.
@jazzyoffical Buying the pub a round of drinks on the day that Giving Me went #1 ♬ Giving Me
“I came home the next day then, and went out in Dublin, because obviously it’s not the same when you’re not at home,” she resumes. “I had my Ireland flag with me, and I went into Tramline nightclub. I ended up getting up and performing, just to say thank you to everyone for the support. I was like, ‘Ah, go on then!’”
But long before she struck gold on the charts with solo and collaborative house tracks, Jazzy was immersed in very different worlds of music. She first came on Hot Press’s radar back in 2020, as a member of the independent hip-hop group, Powerful Creative Minds. But her roots in music go back even further.
“I was always doing music, from a child up,” she reflects. “I didn’t think I was going to go in this direction, because what I was doing was classical. I played violin, so that’s what I was striving towards – to be a violinist, or be in a big orchestra, or be a teacher. But I also loved singing.”
Does she still get a chance to play?
“I’m a bit out of practice, but I did all my grades – so I’ll never forget!” she says. “I feel like I definitely could’ve been successful on violin as well. But all of this ended up happening out of nowhere – so I decided to go this way.”
In an interview with Hot Press last year, Belters Only spoke about the beginnings of their musical relationship with Jazzy – with the acts having teamed up not only for ‘Make Me Feel Good’, but also the successful ‘Don’t Stop Just Yet’. The Dublin duo also have writing and production credits on ‘Giving Me’.
“I’ve known Jazzy for years, and I’ve known her boyfriend even longer,” one half of the act, Bissett, said at the time. “So it’s all nearly in-house. For the community where we’re from, it’s a big boost for people’s confidence to see that – especially for people that want to come up, and start singing or producing.”
Like Belters Only, that emphasis on community is of massive importance to Jazzy.
“Even before I started music, I was always about supporting your own, and supporting your community,” she tells me. “The place where I live, we’re all like a big family on the road. You can knock in for a cup of tea, or a chat, or whatever you’re looking for.
“But the same goes for the music community in Ireland,” she adds. “Everyone supports everyone, and that’s good, because I’d hate to think that people feel like they’re in competition with each other. Everyone should raise each other up, rather than try to compete with each other.”
Of course, we’re currently witnessing a golden age in terms of Irish dance acts finding success on the world stage – with not only Belters Only and Jazzy, but also the likes of Shane Codd and Welshy making notable international waves.
“It’s absolutely popping off right now,” Jazzy says of the homegrown scene. “100%, this is the year for Irish house and Irish DJs to be put out there. The amount of Irish producers that have so many quality songs – they’re coming out of nowhere!
“The Belters definitely had a big influence on people who maybe wanted to do it, but didn’t have the confidence to,” she continues. “They’ve helped so many people as well. They’ve taken lots of people under their wing, and given them a platform.”
Of course, she’s done plenty of trailblazing herself – though she was genuinely shocked when she found out that she was the first Irish woman to go No.1 here in 14 years.
“I couldn’t believe that when they told me,” she remarks. “That’s just madness. But I’m glad I did! Obviously I had to do it for all the girls. I’m representing the girls of Ireland now, so I’m glad I could get to No.1 for us all.
“We have to keep going, and keep pushing the stuff from Irish female artists – and make sure we’re not getting left behind,” she adds.
One of her central focuses now, however, is getting set for her eagerly anticipated Longitude performance.
“That last time I went, obviously I was just watching everyone else,” she says of the Dublin festival. “So I’m buzzing to actually be part of the line-up this time. I’m 100% going to bang out a few unreleased tunes – and I’d like to see Ice Spice and Calvin Harris!”
‘Giving Me’ is out now. Jazzy plays Longitude on Saturday, July 1
Read the full Longitude Special Feature – featuring interviews with MK, Joel Corry, Multunes, Songer, Fionn Curran and RAYE – in the current issue of Hot Press:
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