25 May 2020

Lizzo and Jimmy Fallon share South Auckland teen’s viral Tiktok hit

From RNZ Music, 12:00 am on 25 May 2020

Viral hit ‘Laxed (Siren Beat)’ by South Auckland producer Jawsh 685 reached another level over the weekend with Lizzo and Jimmy Fallon sharing their own takes on the TikTok dance challenge that features the track.


Thanks for 7mil!!!! And thanks @jawsh_685 for making something me and my mama can dance to 🙏🏾

♬ Laxed (Siren Beat) - Jawsh 685

Jawsh 685 is 17-year-old musician and producer Joshua Stylah from South Auckland. You've probably heard his island-infused dance track ‘Laxed (Siren Beat)’, even though you might not know it.

The track's been used in over 30 million TikTok creations in just a few weeks. Celebrities such as Jessica Alba and TikTok stars Addison Rae, Tony Lopez, and Charli D’Amelio have all posted their own take on the dance challenge that features the track.

Its TikTok success has seen ‘Laxed’ skyrocket up Shazam charts worldwide, reaching the Top 25 positions in 30 countries, including #2 on the Global Shazam chart.

The song has amassed over six-and-a-half million Spotify streams worldwide and over eight million views on the original YouTube video uploaded in July 2019.

Meanwhile, allegations have been made about pop superstar Jason Derulo’s use of the track.

Joshua is managed by Auckland-based management firm Page 1, whose other artists include Lorde’s producer Joel Little, and local pop musician Robinson.