Joji became one of our favorite new artists in 2017 with his relaxing, lo-fi music and an excellent debut EP, In Tongues. But fans of his comedic work as Filthy Frank and Pink Guy have been confused about his future in comedy. So, Joji cleared the air with an official statement on Twitter Friday afternon.
"I believe an official statement as to why I am now done with comedy is owed to my former fanbase," he says. Then he explained, "Unfortunately, I no longer enjoy producing that content." He added that he has "several serious health concerns, including but not limited to; throat tissue damage, and neurological conditions (that I prefer not to get into)."
"This decision is final," he says. "I really can't express just how grateful I am to you all, nor will I ever forget the relationship that we had together."
The Billboard interview Joji refers to in the note includes a quote about him growing out of Filthy Frank. "It was a humor that I started when I was in high school," he explains. "So naturally as I got older, I got tired of that humor. People's taste change. People's humor change."
Joji says he didn't feel progression and got caught up in vices. "As stuck people do, I was indulging in vices and just drinking a lot," Joji says. "It got to the point where I was just showing up to the sets and the PAs knew there had to be a six-pack of beer there."
If you haven't already, make sure to check out In Tongues here and continue for the short documentary we made with Joji below.
Check out the full, uncut interview below.