A hip-hop duo based in Sacramento, CA, Jive Hive is made up of Collin Jacka, aka Jaxa, and Chase Taormina, aka Chase Tea. Collaborating since 2019, their sound is inspired by many different artists and genres and could be best described as West Coast-inspired lo-fi hip-hop.
The duo produces their own beats with the help and support of Shane Anderson, the owner of Unique Recording Studios and Unique Records, to which Jive Hive is signed.
mySoundMusic is featuring Enjoy the Show, Jive Hive's 2nd release. It is about letting life come to you and enjoying what's in front of you. It is about ridding yourself of distractions and not worrying about things that are out of your control.
Take a few minutes to learn about this talented duo through our Q and A session.
Why did you choose the name Jive Hive?
While visiting a record store named “Jives” in Seattle, I bought some records but the logo on the bag caught my eye. Then from there came up with “Jive Hive”.
How long have you been creating music?
As far as creating original music about 7 years between the 2 of us.
What drew you to the music industry?
Being able to make a living off your passion.
Who are you inspired by?
Nature, experience, pop culture
Please explain your creative process.
Collaborating on making the beat first, then we normally try and get a solid hook before writing the verses.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
In the verses there definitely is.
What is the best song you ever released and why?
Something Tells Me because we felt very confident with our words and it came together very fast and naturally.
What is your favorite song(s) to perform? Or, if not performing, what song do fans seem to favor?
Never Performed (Due to Quarantine)
Do you think you could get any better as an artist/band? If so, how would you achieve that? OR Have you seen growth in yourself/ band from beginning to now? If, so how? And what spurred that growth?
Yes, with every song that we make, we get better as artists and we have definitely seen growth in our abilities since the start of the duo. Creating constantly and pushing other creatively has spurred our growth.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
We love being able to express our thoughts through creating. It is never fun when you don’t feel inspired or confident.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Yes, currently learning how to get fully comfortable with recording in front of others.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
If you don’t invest in yourself, no one else will.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business & your music?
The rulebook has been changed and new rules appear to be written and we’re just trying to stay one step ahead.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Kota the Friend
Who would you have open for your show?
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.
We interact with them through Instagram and other social platforms.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
It could always be worse so make the best of your situation.
Did I forget to ask something? Something you would like to say, that I didn’t address.
No, we covered it all.