© Cody Burkhardt

Osaka-born Japanese-Australian artist Joji kicks off his first headlining North American tour starting today at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana to support his debut album, BALLADS 1. The fully sold out tour will make its way through major cities, stopping by Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and more.

Last October, BALLADS 1 entered #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/hip-hop charts and #3 on the Billboard 200 under record label 88rising, an Asian music collective comprised of artists such as Rich Brian, Higher Brothers, AUGUST 08, NIKI, and Keith Ape. This is George Miller’s first full length project as Joji, reflecting his evolution as an artist since his debut EP In Tongues in November 2017.

Told from multiple perspectives and predominantly self-produced, BALLADS 1 is a collection of melancholic songs dedicated to the theme of change — on leaving toxic environments, grappling with temptations, or refusing to change, based on both people in his life and imagined.

Through each song, Joji unlocks new sounds that are uniquely his own. Featured in the album are also notable collaborations with producers Shlohmo, Clams Casino, RL Grime, Patrick Wimberly, and Jam City. BALLADS 1 sees Joji and Trippie Redd follow up on their “18” collaboration from earlier this year with a highly anticipated new song called “R.I.P.”

Listen to BALLADS 1 below…

2019 North American Tour Dates

01/29 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
01/31 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
02/06 – Toronto, Ontario – Velvet Underground
02/08 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
02/14 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
02/16 – Boston, MA – Middle East
02/19 – San Francisco, CA – SLIM’S
02/22 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune
02/23 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile

A master of multiple mediums, Joji is the singer and producer capturing a following from every corner of the Internet. The multi-talented visionary defies convention — his songs are characterized by down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals, layered over lush grimy textures, blending elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B. Featured everywhere from Nylon to Billboard to VICE News (HBO) to Hypebeast and beyond, Joji is one of the most interesting and promising new artists in the digital age.