In this week’s episode of “You Should Know,” Billboard sat down with YouTube star-turned-singer/producer Joji to learn more about him, including what the inspiration behind his debut album was, who would play him in a movie and which animal he could see himself as.
Joji (real name George Miller) grew up in Japan and began making music when he was in sixth grade. “’A Milli’ by Lil Wayne came out, and I thought that beat was so cool and so game-changing,” Joji tells Billboard. “I went home and I opened up GarageBand and I recorded myself…I just remade the beat, and since then, I just kept going at it.”
Asked to describe what motivated his record Ballads 1, Joji says, “The inspiration…is just expressing uncertainty and either changing, or you changing, or the other person changing, and how people react to that. And just in general, it's just a bunch of ballads packed into one thing, and I think that's cool.”