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Jay (surname unknown)

(2004-08-26) 26 August 2004 (age 15)
ResidenceDevon, England
Musical career
Years active2017-present

Jay (his surname is unknown), known professionally as "Jayballs", is an English rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Early life and career[edit]

Pre-SoundCloud days (2004-2018)[edit]

Jay was born on 26 August 2004[1] in England. In mid-2017 at age twelve, he had FL Studio 12 installed onto his computer, and learned the basics of it. For fun, he started doing remixes of songs from his favourite video games, and in 2019 he uploaded his first remix onto his SoundCloud account. It was a remix of Megalovania from the video game Undertale, and it was made back in 2017, according to the description of the SoundCloud track "Megalovania remix from when I was 12"[2].

On 20 July 2017, Chester Bennington, lead singer of American rock band Linkin Park, committed suicide[3]. Linkin Park was Jay's favourite band and influenced his music later on in life. He wrote his single "20 July" on the same day that Bennington died, and released it on SoundCloud on 12 April 2019. "20 July" was the first song Jay ever wrote. on 3 August 2017, he recorded "fun little test", a collection of three recordings that were the very first Jayballs recordings, and in turn, the first of a few demos he claims to have recorded. He released it on 16 April 2019.[4] He was 23 days shy of his 13th birthday at the time of recording "fun little test".

SoundCloud account opening and Foetus (2019)[edit]

On 19 February 2019, Jay's SoundCloud account was created, and on the same day, he posted a track called "Introduction (not a song)"[5], where he explained who he is and what he wants to do, saying that his music is intended to "help the mentally ill". He also announced that his first official single would be released on 20 February, at 6:44PM UK time. A day later, he released that first single, "The Angst And The Humanity", as promised, but it was uploaded at around 11AM-12PM because he had something to do at the original time it was meant to be uploaded. It is explained in the description of the track.[6]

Jay released two more singles in the following days, but he was eventually hit with writer's block, and he started posting covers of other songs to keep entertaining his players while he recovers from writer's block. During this time period, he covered songs by Gorillaz, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance, XXXTentacion, and Eminem. He also covered "Bitch Lasagna" by PewDiePie to help him win the subscriber battle against T-Series, but it was censored for unknown reasons, and the cover was titled "Lasagna". He made a remix of Dan Bull's "Robocopyright" on 25 March to persuade people to oppose Articles 11 and 13 of the European Copyright Directive. Many of those covers were later deleted for unknown reasons.

On 6 March 2019, Jay released "Drown In Rubble"[7], a single that was from his upcoming EP, Foetus. He would later post updates about the EP. On 2 April 2019, he uploaded an update confirming that Foetus was finished with production, and would be released two days later (that track was deleted the next day for unknown reasons). Foetus, which was his debut EP, was released on 4 April 2019[8].

Total Catharsis (2019)[edit]

On 20 April 2019, Jay updated his SoundCloud bio. Part of it said "TOTAL CATHARSIS - OUT 21 MAY". Four days later, he uploaded a track confirming that a second EP named "Total Catharsis" was in development, and would be released on 21 May 2019 if all goes well.[9] On 6 May 2019, however, he announced that the release had been postponed.[10]

On 26 May 2019, he announced that Total Catharsis had become a full length studio album, and that he was going on indefinite hiatus to record it.[11] He released the album's lead single, "Moving Away" a day later, starting his hiatus from uploading.[12] On 15 June 2019, he announced that his hiatus was over, and that Total Catharsis was finished, and would be released on 18 June 2019.. He also released "Bullied For Years", the second single off the album.[13] Total Catharsis was released on 18 June 2019.[14]

Singles and upcoming second studio album (2019-present)[edit]

On his Twitter account on 9 July 2019, Jay tweeted that he was starting writing new material to produce a follow up to Total Catharsis and said he would talk more about it around October to December, but warned that it wouldn't be out until spring of 2020 or later.[15] On the same day, he tweeted that he had recorded extra songs during the recording for Total Catharsis, and had aims to release them around August and September.[16] However, on 15 September 2019, he tweeted that he had never properly saved those extra songs, and had accidentally lost them in the process.[17]

On 7 September 2019, Jay announced that recording for the second album had officially started. He also announced a non-album single with hopes of releasing it in December.[18]

On 15 September, Jay announced that he had started a Bandcamp page and had published his EP Foetus onto it and would publish Total Catharsis onto it in the following days. He did so on 17 September.[19]

On 18 October 2019, Jay retweeted a 7 September post regarding development for the album, with a comment that announced that sometime in November he would also release a remastered version of a song from Foetus.[20] On the next day, however, he released that remastered song onto SoundCloud and Bandcamp, along with download links to MediaFire and MEGA. The song he re-released was "Drown In Rubble".[21]


Jay's music is clarified as alternative rock, alternative metal, nu metal, rap metal, rap rock, hard rock, post-grunge, punk rock, hardcore punk, industrial rock, and industrial metal. His lyrics are usually angst-filled, and contain themes of depression, anxiety, isolation, self-hatred, and heartbreak.


Studio albums[edit]



  • The Angst And The Humanity (2019)
  • DriveBy (2019)
  • Disregard For Safety (2019)
  • Drown In Rubble (from Foetus) (2019)
  • Night Scares (2019)
  • 20 July (2019)
  • Emotional Abuse Mixed With Lies (2019)
  • I'm Making Nu Metal A Thing Again (And I Don't Give A Rat's Ass If It's Dead Or Old Or Nobody Likes It) (2019)
  • Moving Away (2019)
  • Bullied For Years (2019)
  • 27 Years Old (2019)
  • Drown In Rubble (Re-Recorded Version) (2019)
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/sets/fun-little-test-a-crap-quality-demo-i-recorded-when-i-was-12
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/megalovania-remix-from-when-i-was-12
  • ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/chester-bennington-linkin-park-singer-dead-at-41-200370/
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/sets/fun-little-test-a-crap-quality-demo-i-recorded-when-i-was-12
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/introduction-not-a-song
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/the-angst-and-the-humanity
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/drown-in-rubble-single-version
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/sets/foetus
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/total-catharsis-second-ep-coming-out-soon
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/total-catharsis-postponed
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/moving-away
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/bullied-for-years
  • ^ https://soundcloud.com/jayballs_music/sets/total-catharsis
  • ^ https://twitter.com/Jayballs19/status/1148697302154039297
  • ^ https://twitter.com/Jayballs19/status/1148699633755000832
  • ^ https://twitter.com/jayballsmusic/status/1173267021456453635
  • ^ https://twitter.com/jayballsmusic/status/1170459720089571332
  • ^ https://twitter.com/jayballsmusic/status/1173340437446373379
  • ^ https://twitter.com/jayballsmusic/status/1185247945647677442
  • ^ https://twitter.com/jayballsmusic/status/1185577601340989447