You might not know his name just yet, but if you’ve turned on the radio or looked at any of the most popular playlists on platforms like Spotify or Apple
The tune, originally just a lyric-less beat that went viral, has now become a proper pop hit thanks in part to Jason Derulo, who found the cut and decided he needed to write words and sing along to the infectious tune. Thankfully, he did.
Already, “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” has reached the No. 1 spot on charts all around the world, and just a few days ago, a new version of the cut was released which features BTS, the biggest band in the world. The future looks bright for a single that already ranks among the most successful of 2020, and it’s yet to be seen what the inclusion of the South Korean favorites means for the 17-year-old and his first major release.
I spoke with Jawsh 685 and asked him how “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” first took off, how it became a big pop single with Derulo, and how BTS came to join in on the fun.
Hugh McIntyre: Let me first congratulate you on your incredible and immediate success. How does it feel to have one of the biggest songs in the world?
Jawsh 685: It’s really exciting and just like… It’s weird to think about it because it happened really fast. So, yeah, it’s really exciting and it’s got a lot of hype to it.
McIntyre: How did you create your first version of this song and how did it go viral?
685: So I made it last year, in July. I came home one day and I was, what do you call it? There’s a tradition when you make beats, you just mix and master and keep playing around with all the beats. I came home from school, just lazy, and I was playing around with the beats.It wasn’t really planned. It wasn’t really a scripted beat. I just put in random stuff and played around. Then I put it up on YouTube. Then in April this year, that’s when it started popping off on TikTok.
McIntyre: Do you know how it started on TikTok, if you first posted it to YouTube?
685: Well, I put it on my YouTube channel. I think some lady took a little clip of it and then put it TikTok, and then… I’m not sure who made the dance. I’m really happy that they did because without that it probably wouldn’t have blown up like it did.
McIntyre: Now, I have heard a few different reports, but I want to hear it from you. How did Jason Derulo come to be on the song?
685: He messaged me once on Instagram. He randomly hit me up out of nowhere—it was a real surprise. Just seeing Jason Derulo’s message was really exciting, because being a young dude and looking up to all these big stars and all that, it’s really exciting. So, when he first messaged, he was complimenting me on my beats, saying that he wanted to work on something. So I was down and we just went from there, talking for a bit and working out what we were going to do.
McIntyre: The song is a little over a year old, but it’s become a hit so quickly. What is it like to see your song blow up that fast?
685: It’s a whole new experience because the song was building up really fast. It gained really fast because of all the hype and everything, and everyone really wanted to hear full versions of it and different remixes and all that.
McIntyre: Now speaking of remixes, a new one with BTS has just dropped. How did they come to be on the song?
685: It was kind of just like where you get ideas and then talk to other people and see if they want to work with each other. We went with them, because they really wanted to jump on the track and we were all down. We were all keen to get them on the mix, and then they were really keen too. So, if we’re all keen, we’re all keen. It sounded really good, so we went with that.
McIntyre: Did they reach out to you?
685: No, no, no. My management team sorted it out.
McIntyre: How long ago was it from when your team reached out to them until it was done?
685: It wasn’t that long. I think it took like less than two or three weeks to get a hold and sort out the beat and start throwing some vocals down and all that.
McIntyre: Tell me, how does the BTS remix differ from the song the world already knows?
685: I think it kind of just has their own taste to it because when you hear BTS, they’ve got that… I don’t know. It’s got their own dance style too, their K-pop kind of style, I guess. And what do you call it? They’ve got their own poppy style. It’s like a cool vibe, but you’ll know when you know, once you get the chance. It’s going to be exciting.
McIntyre: I was really excited when I saw the announcement. Have you heard much from BTS’s enormous fan base about the remix?
685: Yeah! Everywhere, my comments, sharing, messaging, everywhere. I really enjoyed having everyone love the song and hyping it up and all that.
McIntyre: Now, this song is still blowing up, but I think it’s going to be even bigger with the BTS remix. But you’ve already released your next single, which is just getting started. Do you feel any pressure to repeat this success in any way?
685: Well, for “Laxed,” obviously blowing up with the third… With another beat, it just depends on the fans and all the supporters, if they like the next song, because you never know. I could make another song that’ll be way better than “Laxed.” For me personally, I just make whatever sounds good. If the people like it, then they like it. That’s what I’m really here for. Not too much pressure, but yeah, still keeping me on the ground.
McIntyre: So you only have these two singles, so far. Are you working on an album? Any kind of project coming up?
685: I want to do an album for sure. But right now, I’m currently not working on one just yet. I think we’re just working on singles at the moment, and then sometime in the future, hopefully soon, we’ll be working on an album for sure.
McIntyre: Is there anybody you would love to work with? Because you’ve already got one of the biggest pop stars and the biggest group in the world.
685: Yeah. As a solo artist, I’d say Akon. Yeah.
McIntyre: All right. I could absolutely hear that happening.