George Miller (entertainer)

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George Miller
Born (1992-09-18) 18 September 1992 (age 25)[1]
Osaka, Japan[2]
Nationality Japanese
Education Canadian Academy
Occupation
  • Musician
  • entertainer
Musical career
Origin Higashinada-ku, Kobe, Japan[3][4]
Genres
Instruments
Years active 2014–present
Labels
YouTube information
Channel
Years active 2008–2017
Subscribers 8.4+ million (combined)
Total views 1.08+ billion (combined)
Network ScaleLab[8]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2015
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 18 March 2018.

George Miller (born 18 September 1992[1]), better known by his stage name Joji (stylised as joji), is a Japanese-Australian record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and retired YouTube personality.

Miller's start as an entertainer began on his surreal YouTube channel, now defunct,[9] that consisted of music, rants, ukulele performances[10] and a bizarre show, with all of the main characters played by Miller including the titular character Filthy Frank.[11][12] Miller also produced surreal comedy hip hop music under the name Pink Guy, with his discography spanning two full-length albums and an extended play. Miller's videos had wide-spread 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.[13][14]

In late 2017, Miller stepped away from 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. Miller's music has been described as a mix between R&B and trip-hop.

Early life[edit]

George Miller was born on 18 September 1992, in Osaka, Japan[2] and attended Canadian Academy, where he graduated in 2012.[4] Not much is known about his personal life, as he attempts to maintain his privacy, such as in his video "Filthy Frank Exposes Himself???" where he reveals that he's 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. Additionally, in the same video, he reveals his struggles with his health, such as his seizures caused by an illness which he doesn't reveal.[15]

Entertainment career[edit]

Filthy Frank (2011–2017)[edit]

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.[16] 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".[17] The DizastaMusic channel has over 800,000 subscribers and is nearing 170 million views as of August 2017.[18] 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.[19]

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".[20] He is in the top 500 YouTubers, at #407,[21] with a total of 5.2 million subscribers and 600 million views as of August 2017.[22] Miller opened a third channel, TooDamnFilthy, on 1 July 2014.[23] 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".[24] As of August 2017, TooDamnFilthy has 1.8 million subscribers and 170 million views.[23]

On 27 September 2017, Miller announced the release of his first book, titled Francis of the Filth.[25]

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.[12][26]

Music career[edit]

Pink Guy (2012–2017)[edit]

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."[11]

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 second album, Pink Season, debuted at number 70 on the Billboard 200.[11][27] 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.[28] 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.[11][12]

Joji (2014–present)[edit]

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. His SoundCloud tracks have over 29 million combined plays.[29]

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.[3] Miller originally announced his Joji album on 3 May 2014 alongside the first Pink Guy album.[15] However, Miller subtly cancelled the project until he began releasing music under the name PinkOmega.[30] Miller released two songs as PinkOmega , "Dumplings" on 4 June 2015[31] and "wefllagn.ii 5" on 28 August 2015.[32]

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 leaked titled "Thom" and "you suck charlie" which prompted Miller 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.[33]

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,[34][35][36] and "Will He", released on 18 October 2017.[37] Joji was featured in the song "Nomadic" with the Chinese rap group, Higher Brothers.[38] Miller performed live as Joji for the first time on 18 May 2017 in Los Angeles. The event was streamed by the Boiler Room.[39] On 17 October 2017, Miller released the debut single from his debut commercial project, In Tongues,[40] the single, titled "Will He" was released on platforms Spotify and iTunes.[37]

Miller's debut project under the moniker Joji, an EP titled In Tongues, was released on 3 November 2017 by Empire Distribution.[40] 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.[41] Joji's music has been described as trip-hop and lo-fi[6] that blends elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B.[42] His songs have been characterised as having "down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals"[2] with "minimalistic production".[43] He has been compared to electronic artist, James Blake,[42] who he also names as an influence alongside Radiohead, Shlohmo and Donald Glover.[44] 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.[3]

Discography[edit]

Miller has released three mixtapes under the Pink Guy alias. His 2017 album Pink Season reached No. 70 on the Billboard 200.[27]

As Pink Guy[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[27]
US
R&B/HH

[45]
US
Rap

[46]
Pink Guy
  • Released: 23 May 2014[47]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Free digital download
Pink Season
  • Released: 4 January 2017[48]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
70 9 7
Pink Season: The Prophecy

As Joji[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[50]
US
R&B/HH

[51]
CAN
[52]
In Tongues 58 28 62

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, showing year released and selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Heat.

[53]
US
R&B

[54]
"Worldstar Money" 2016 In Tongues
"Plastic Taste"
"I Don't Wanna Waste My Time" 2017
"Hesitate"
(with ryanjacob, Y2K, Pritty, Brndn, Dylan Brady & Ricky Anthony)
Non-album singles
"Visa"
(with INDICA, Floyd, & ryanjacob)
"Will He" In Tongues
"Demons"
"18"
(with Kris Wu and Rich Brian featuring Trippie Redd & Baauer)
2018 Non-album single
"Window" In Tongues
"Yeah Right" 8 23 TBA
"Peach Jam"
(with BlocBoy JB)
- - TBA
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Besidju"
(Shamana featuring Joji)
2016 Non-album singles
"Nomadic"
(Higher Brothers featuring Joji)
2017
"Introvert"
(Rich Brian featuring Joji)
2018 Amen
"Make It Right"
(Nessly featuring Joji)
Wildflower
"FeelTheRage"
(Lil Gnar featuring Night Lovell & Joji)
Non-album singles

Remixes[edit]

Year Title Artist SoundCloud
Plays (PINK GUY)
YouTube Views
(88rising)
2014 Medicine Daughter 1.1 M 1.5 M

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Artist SoundCloud Plays
2017 Rawr (featuring Joji) Tommy Cash (Prod.StereoRyze) 103K[55]

Videography[edit]

Music released as Pink Guy on "DizastaMusic"[a][56]
Year Title YouTube Views
2011 (Filthy Frank) – "Who's The Sucker (Gangster Rap)" 0.4 M
2012 "Some Shit" 0.4 M
2013 (Santa's Brother) – "Pussy Doe" 0.9 M
"Big Mama" 1 M
"Took It In The Bottom (Drake Parody)" 0.8 M
"Frank Says" 1.6 M
(Santa's Brother) – "Dick Pays Rent" 1.4 M
"Do The Salamander" 2.1 M
Total 8.6 M
Music released as Pink Guy on "TVFilthyFrank"[b][57]
Year Title YouTube Views
2013 "Loser" 0.9 M
(Santa's Brother) – "Pussy Doe" 0.3 M
(Santa's Brother) – "Lady's Man" 0.5 M
"Anal Beads (ft. Black Friend)" 0.4 M
"Anal Beads (Full Version)" 0.9 M
"Douchebag" 0.4 M
"Ramen King" 9.1 M
(Santa's Brother) – "Dick Pays Rent (ft. Pink Guy)" 0.6 M
"Animal Man" 1.5 M
"Bitches Ain't Shit (Ukelele Cover)" 8 M
"Pink Guy Raps Tweets" 2 M
"Do The Salamander Song" 0.5 M
"Fried Rice" 5.2 M
"Erectile Dysfunction" 1.5 M
"Erectile Dysfunction Beat" 0.8 M
"Balls" 0.9 M
(Santa's Brother) – "Watermelon Pussy" 0.8 M
2014 "Weird McDonald's Rap" 2.1 M
"Friendzone" 4.3 M
"jungle boy" 1 M
(50 Fetus) – "In Da Whomb" 0.5 M
"Gibe De Pusi b0ss (10 Minute Version)" 2.9 M
"Pink Guy (Full Album)" 11.4 M
"Kill Yourself" 21 M
"Pink Guy Raps Tweets" 2.2 M
"Balls In My Face" 2.6 M
"Balls In My Face (Free Download)" 0.5 M
"Takoyaki" 2.1 M
"Let It Go (Frozen Cover)" 4.6 M
(Santa's Brother) – "Peanut Butter" 2.6 M
"Weeaboo Song" 7.2 M
"I Eat Ass" 3.3 M
2015 "Stir Fry" 5.6 M
"Porn Title Rap" 7.1 M
"Trap Dumplings" 9.2 M
"Rice Balls" 14.8 M
2016 "Fried Noodles" 12.9 M
"Pink Life" 8.9 M
"STFU" 25.6 M
"Official Donald Trump Anthem" 5.8 M
"Teriyaki God" 6.4 M
"Hood Rich"
w/ Getter X Nick Colletti
8.4 M
2017 "Pink Season (Full Album)" 6.4 M
"Nickelodeon Girls" 7.7 M
"Pink Season: The Prophecy"
w/ Getter, Borgore, Axel Boy, & TastyTreat
6.8 M
"Falcon Punch" 3.0 M
"Asian Pizza" 4.2 M
Total 152.5 M
Music released as Pink Guy on "TooDamnFilthy"[c][58]
Year Title YouTube Views
2014 (Emonem) – "Mom's Spagget" 0.9 M
(Politikz) – "Real Hip Hop" 3.2 M
2015 "Guy Fieri takes you to FLAVORTOWN" 1.6 M
2016 "Rice Muffin Burgers" 0.6 M
(Politikz) – "Hand On My Gat" 1.5 M
"Furr" 3.4 M
"A True Friend" 11 M
"nobody likes you" 2.1 M
2017 "Be Inspired" 0.5 M
"Goofy's Trial" 1.7 M
"Help" 5.0 M
"We Fall Again" 1.0 M
"Club Banger 3000" 0.4 M
"High School Blink193" 0.7 M
"Rice Balls' 1.2 M
"Dog Festival Directions"[d] 0.5 M
"Dumplings" 1.8 M
"d i c c w e t t 1" 0.3 M
"Meme Machine" 2.1 M
(Politikz) – "Hand On My Gat" 0.3 M
"I Do It For My Hood" 0.4 M
"Fried Noodles" 1.5 M
"Furr" 0.4 M
"I Will Get A Vasectomy" 0.6 M
"Young Thug Diss" 0.3 M
"Pink Life" 1.4 M
"Small D*ck" 0.4 M
"Hentai" 0.7 M
"Flex Like David Icke" 0.6 M
"Gays 4 Donald Trump" 0.5 M
"SMD" 0.9 M
"Dora The Explora" 2.0 M
"セックス大好き" 1.6 M
"Uber Pussy" 0.4 M
"She's So Nice" 3.0 M
"Please Stop Calling Me Gay" 1.4 M
"STFU" 1.5 M
"Nickelodeon Girls" 4.3 M
"I Have A Gun" 0.5 M
"Hot Nickel Ball On A P*ssy" 0.5 M
"Are You Serious" 2.2 M
"Soulja Gonna Win/ F*ck Breezy"
(Prd. ryanjacob) (Soulja Boy VS Chris Brown)
0.9 M
Total 38 M

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube views should be rounded down to the nearest 0.1 million (hundred thousand) if under 10 million, down to the nearest 1 million if over 10 million, and down to the nearest 10 million if over 100 million. All YouTube information is to be taken from these references as appropriate: "DizastaMusic". YouTube. 
  2. ^ YouTube views should be rounded down to the nearest 0.1 million (hundred thousand) if under 10 million, down to the nearest 1 million if over 10 million, and down to the nearest 10 million if over 100 million. All YouTube information is to be taken from these references as appropriate: "TVFilthyFrank". YouTube. 
  3. ^ YouTube views should be rounded down to the nearest 0.1 million (hundred thousand) if under 10 million, and down to the nearest 1 million if over 10 million. All YouTube information is to be taken from these references as appropriate: "TooDamnFilthy". YouTube. 
  4. ^ As of 31 March 2018, Dog Festival Directions has become privatised on YouTube[59]

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