Number of songs: 3 | Total weeks on charts: 9
Appearing in a total number of: 3 charts | Total period running: 42 days
George Miller (born 18 September 1992), better known by his stage name Joji, is a Japanese entertainer, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and former YouTube personality.
Miller's start as an entertainer began on his now defunct YouTube channel, TVFilthyFrank, that consisted of rap songs, rants, extreme challenges, ukulele performances and a bizarre show, with most of the main characters played by Miller including the titular character of Filthy Frank. Miller also produced comedy hip hop music under the name Pink Guy, with his discography spanning two full-length projects and an extended play. Miller's videos had widespread impact including starting a viral dance craze known as the Harlem Shake, which was directly responsible for the debut of Baauer's "Harlem Shake" song atop the Billboard Hot 100.
In late 2017, Miller retired the channel to focus on his music career, under the name Joji, producing more nuanced and serious music, releasing the EP In Tongues, which peaked at number 58 on the Billboard 200 and his debut studio album Ballads 1, which reached number 1 on Billboard's top R&B and hip-hop chart in November 2018. With this, Miller became the first Asian artist to do so. Miller's music has been described as a mix between R&B and trip hop.
George Miller was born on 18 September 1992, in Osaka, Japan. He attended international school, Canadian Academy, in Kobe, Japan, where he graduated in 2012. Not much is known about his personal life, as he attempts to maintain his privacy, such as in his now deleted video "Filthy Frank Exposes Himself?" where he reveals that he is a college student in Brooklyn, New York and that he does not want to reveal personal information, for fear of not being able to get a job later on due to the nature of his show. Miller is half-Australian.
Miller created the Filthy Frank character during his time on his DizastaMusic YouTube channel, on which he created sketch comedy-based content. The channel started gaining popularity once he conceptualised Filthy Frank, a character who is described as the anti-vlogger of YouTube, in August 2011. The first known video on this particular channel (before his creation of the Frank character) was uploaded on 19 June 2008, and was titled "Lil Jon falls off a table". The DizastaMusic channel has over 850,000 subscribers and is nearing 170 million views as of November 2018. On 15 August 2014, Miller uploaded a video to the DizastaMusic channel, announcing that he would not be posting any more video content onto the channel, under the risk of losing the channel due to the numerous copyright and community strikes it received.
On Miller's channel, TVFilthyFrank, he had many different series on his channel, such as "Food" (和食ラップ), "Japanese 101", "Wild Games" and "Loser Reads Hater Comments". This channel currently has a total of 6 million subscribers and nearly 825 million views as of November 2018. Miller opened a third channel, TooDamnFilthy, on 1 July 2014. On this channel he had two series, "Japanese 101", which is also featured on his main channel and "Cringe of the Week", which is usually abbreviated to "COTW". As of November 2018, TooDamnFilthy has 1.9 million subscribers and 222 million views.
On 27 September 2017, Miller announced the release of his first book, titled Francis of the Filth.
On 29 December 2017, Miller released a statement on Twitter explaining that he had stopped producing comedy, including Filthy Frank, due to both "serious health conditions" and his personal lack of interest in continuing the series. In September 2018, Miller stated in a BBC Radio 1 interview that he had no choice but to stop producing comedy due to his health condition.
Miller's Filthy Frank show has had a profound impact on internet culture, creating many internet memes. A famously divisive figure, Miller's show has been hailed as "the epitome of odd" and the Frank character has been referred to as "the father of alt-comedy".
His show is currently the highest ranked series of any kind on IMDb's database, beating out many other popular shows such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Wire, with an average rating of 9.7 out of 10.
Miller has a passion for music composition. He has expressed that even before his YouTube career, he was always into creating music and created his YouTube channel as a means of promoting his music. 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."
As Joji, his music is more nuanced, serious, and traditional. As Pink Guy, Miller's music is often identical to the nature of his YouTube channel, usually being raps or hip hop songs. His debut album, Pink Season, debuted at number 70 on the Billboard 200. Under his comedy rap stage name, Pink Guy, Miller has produced two mixtapes and one extended play, Pink Guy, Pink Season, and Pink Season: The Prophecy, respectively. On 16 March 2017, Miller performed for the first time as Pink Guy at SXSW. Future plans were stated to include a "long overdue" tour, a third Pink Guy album and more progress on his personal music outside of the Pink Guy persona.
However, as of 29 December 2017, Joji has ceased production of all Filthy Frank related content, possibly including Pink Guy music.
Aside from the comedic and often rap-based music he created under the Pink Guy alias, Miller also created more serious and traditional music under another stage name, Joji, which became his primary focus in late 2017. Speaking on his transition from his YouTube career to his music career as Joji, Miller said to Billboard "now I get to do stuff that I want to hear."
During his time growing up in Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Japan, Miller began to produce music and sing with friends as a side-hobby and a way to waste time. After relocating to Manhattan, New York, Miller expanded upon his music career by starting his Pink Guy persona, which paved the way for his Joji persona. Miller originally announced his Joji album on 3 May 2014 alongside the first Pink Guy album. However, Miller subtly cancelled the project until he began releasing music under the name PinkOmega. Miller released two songs as PinkOmega: "Dumplings" on 4 June 2015 and "wefllagn.ii 5" on 28 August 2015.
Miller intended to keep the music made under Joji a secret from his fanbase due to them mainly wanting his comedic music. In late 2015, two singles were released titled "Thom" and "You Suck Charlie", both were released under a false alias but it was quickly leaked that the user behind the account was Miller which prompted him in January 2016 to publicly announce on Instagram that he was releasing a full-length commercial project titled Chloe Burbank: Volume 1. In the same post, he linked his SoundCloud account.
In 2017, Joji released several songs via the YouTube channel of Asian music label 88Rising, the songs "I Don't Wanna Waste My Time", released on 26 April 2017, "Rain on Me", released on 19 July 2017, and "Will He", released on 18 October 2017. Joji was featured in the song "Nomadic" with the Chinese rap group, Higher Brothers. Miller performed live as Joji for the first time on 18 May 2017 in Los Angeles. The event was streamed by the Boiler Room. On 17 October 2017, Miller released the debut single from his debut commercial project, In Tongues. The single, titled "Will He", was released on platforms Spotify and iTunes.
Miller's debut project under the moniker Joji, an EP titled In Tongues, was released on 3 November 2017 by Empire Distribution. A deluxe version of the EP was released on 14 February 2018 with 8 remixes of songs from the EP along with the release of "Plastic Taste" and "I Don't Wanna Waste My Time" as part of the track listing. Joji released the song "Yeah Right" in May 2018, becoming his first to chart on a Billboard chart, peaking at 23 on the Billboard R&B Songs chart.
Joji's music has been described as trip hop and lo-fi that blends elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B. His songs have been characterised as having "down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals" with "minimalistic production".
He has been compared to electronic artist, James Blake, whom he also names as an influence alongside Radiohead, Shlohmo and Donald Glover. In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, Miller said that his music was inspired by his time growing up in Osaka and furthermore by boom bap instrumentals he listened to attending Canadian Academy.
Miller currently lives in Brooklyn, New York City. Miller often flies to Los Angeles for work and has a residence there.
Miller has a condition that regularly causes him to undergo stress-induced seizures. This is one of the reasons that led him to quit his YouTube career.
• Pink Season (2017)
• Ballads 1 (2018)
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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