By now, the story of Joji is internet lore. The Australian-Japanese artist became an online sensation through his Filthy Frank and Pink Guy characters, creating a world of absurdist, gross-out comedy that resulted in a chart-topping album, Pink Season, earlier this year. Calling his fan base "passionate" would be the understatement of the year, so when Miller began moving his creative attention towards his lo-fi, piano-driven trip-hop project as Joji, we half-expected uproar.
Instead, the public has embraced this new sonic chapter. Joji's music is easy to love—the rabid comedy of Miller's earlier work has been channeled into hyper-detailed, textural instrumentals like "Rain On Me" and "Will He." Joji's upcoming EP In Tongues drops this Friday, and it has quickly become one of the year's most anticipated releases.
"The reason I made the transition was because of overwhelming support," Joji says. "I knew I had to do it. People were stopping me on the street to tell me I was wasting my time and my abilities... there's no set plan. I just want to test myself in all creative mediums."
Watch our Music Life doc with Joji above, and check out the story behind Pink Season below. Pre-order In Tongues here.