Who Am I Listening To: Joji

Compared to the likes of James Blake, Radiohead and even Donald Glover, cultivating a sound inspired by his time growing up in Osaka, Joji is one to watch.

Known by his stage name of Joji, George Miller is a Japanese singer, songwriter and music producer based in Brooklyn, New York.

Based in Brooklyn, George Miller is a singer, songwriter and music producer and is the skilled dude behind the down-tempo, soulful sounds of Joji.

Better renowned for his rather minimalistic, melancholic sound, Joji blends elements of hip hop, lo-fi, trap, folk and electronica to build progressive soundscapes.

Previously known for his former YouTube persona of Filthy Frank, which had a radical impact on internet culture, responsible for the ‘Harlem Shake’ viral dance craze and an accumulation of internet memes.

Even before his YouTube days, Miller has always had a burning passion for music composition.

In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, he said,” I’ve always wanted to make normal music, I just started the YouTube channel to kind of bump my music.

“But then Filthy Frank and the Pink Guy stuff ended up getting way bigger than I thought so I had to kind of roll with it.”

In 2015, Miller secretly dropped two singles titled ‘Thom’ and ‘You Suck Charlie’, following the leak of these singles, Miller publicly announced he was releasing a full-length project titled, ‘Chloe Burbank: Volume 1’.

Becoming his primary focus in 2017, Miller started creating more serious and traditional music under the stage name of Joji, with the intention to keep this music a secret from his comedic YouTube Pink Guy persona.

In November 2017, Miller dropped his debut EP, under his Joji persona, titled, ‘In Tongues’. Later followed by a deluxe version, which featured nine remixes and notable tunes, ‘Plastic Taste’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Waste My Time’.

‘Yeah Right’ dropped in May 2018 and became his first single to chart on a Billboard chart, peaking at 23 on the 2018 Billboard R&B Songs chart.

Here are our top 3 Joji tracks we reckon you need to download onto your iPod:

  1. ‘Yeah Right’

2. ‘Slow Dancing in the Dark’

3. ‘Can’t Get Over You’ (featuring Clams Casino)

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