Canadian based pop artist, Joel “JOJII” Vigilante is a wash up with nothing to lose. The Punk/Pop oriented artist is digitally re-releasing his garage-punk full-length titled, “Dry”. The 12-song collection was previously released under Vigilante’s other persona, LINT, and with the decision to merge the two projects and continue under the name “Jojii” a re-release was due. JOJII creates alternative pop music based on honest lyrical intent with melodic instrumentation and atmospheric soundscape backgrounds. Twinkly yet crushing distortion is matched with pop-inspired leads and soundscapes to recreate his feelings of romanticism found through pain and love.
Whilst on the edge of an impending 2015 summer of reckless substance use and neglect to self-care, Jojii recorded the bright yet gut wrenching full length; Dry. The heavily Jay Reatard inspired album was recorded heart fully, angrily, and hastily as a means of expressing frustration, disorientation, and loneliness. The full length is now being re- released as a transitional means, in combination with previous Jojii full-length, I Want to Die, to bridge the chapters in Joel Vigilante’s life and music career from his previous moniker “Lint” to his new personage, “Jojii”.
The album was originally released via cassette distribution by Burger Records’ sister label Wiener Records, and is now being redistributed digitally in support of Jojii’s re-emergence and coming-soon full length “Sex and Death”; the first album of a series intended to encapsulate the transitioning of Jojii’s sound. Additional single releases, music videos and live performances are in the works in support of Jojii’s upcoming album “Sex and Death”.
Here’s the official word from JOJII, as well as the full stream of the original edit of the album:
It is with immense excitement that I officially announce that I will be merging Lint into my project Jojii. It took a great amount of consideration to make sure this was the right move, but I feel it’s the direction and vision I need to move towards. If you know me or have taken some time to get to know me, you probably know this has been a long time coming. It’s a decision I certainly haven’t taken lightly. I can reflect on the past with so many warm memories and look to the future with a new sense of excitement, aspiration, and dreaming.
I’ve also digitally rereleased Lint’s “Dry” full-length independently under my new Jojii Alias. The album is available on all major digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify, bla bla bla) and includes all of the original recordings. I’ve also been meaning to do this for a while, and hell, this is as good of an opportunity as ever. I’ll post the links for it in the comments below.
Lint has allowed me to visit so many places, meet so many friends, and express so much of myself. Those close to me know how much I struggle with communication and managing emotions in my life. This project has taught me that music is a powerful outlet for me to feel progressive, malleable, open, and expressive. I’m so grateful for the support in my life I’ve gained through this endeavour, and I hope this project has some how helped or embraced positivity in some way or form in the lives of those who involved themselves in it.
Thank you to everyone who ever took a chance by booking Lint; you’ve taught me to find confidence in myself and to collaborate with others. Thank you to everyone who financially supported this project; you’ve taught me there is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. Thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to listen, enjoy, and relate to the music; you’ve taught me we are all in this world together. Thank you to every band, artist, musician, and creative talent who has ever worked/played with Lint; you’ve taught me we are never alone in expressing ourselves and embracing our humanity. Thank you to every listener and supporter of the project; none of this was possible without you. Lastly, thank you to every single friend who has played in Lint’s line-up. Thank you Anne, Tyler, Luke, Keegan, Emmalee, Nerv, Graeham, Matt, Laura, and Pete. I may not be as present in your lives anymore, but you’ve all forever touched mine for the better. I’ll be forever grateful for that.
Lint’s played a good number of shows in a good number of cities. We’ve met countless amazing bands, played amazing venues, and released tons of songs. Lint has been a massive chapter of my life, but the time has finally come to move on to the next chapter. I’ll forever look back with fondness and thankfulness. Lint has taught me the value of the world. I hope I can move forward progressively. I hope I can brighten some days, help others find a way to feel less alone, and help indulge in the human experience. Thank you all for absolutely everything. I hope to prove myself, provide value to your life, and relate to you through my new alias, Jojii.
May God, Satan, Krishna, Siddhartha, and Das Chill rain bliss on to your life.