When last spring’s onset of the pandemic and the accompanying collapse of the live touring industry brought about the dissolution of the band he’d fronted since 8th grade, joe p found himself in isolation with time to step out and experiment on his own for the very first time. He threw himself into a new creative outlet, writing, recording, and producing his most honest material to date from the refuge of his basement studio in Asbury Park, New Jersey. What he surfaced with months later was a no frills, no pretense, raw and honest expression of self, and so he re-emerged into the world for the first time as his truest self, joe p, posting homegrown ideas to his social media channels, only to see them take off and take on a life of their own.
Now less than a year later, joe p finds himself with a rabid, devoted following of over 275k followers on TikTok and many more across his other platforms. Fans mobilized to spread word of their new favorite artist far and wide, and caught the attention of Zane Lowe, who duetted a video of Joe debuting a taste of “Fighting In The Car” last month, kicking Joe’s ascent into hyperdrive and putting the music industry on notice. Having grabbed the attention of labels and gatekeepers alike, he signed a deal with vaunted NYC tastemaker label Neon Gold Records (Matt Maeson, Charli XCX, et. al) to release his debut EP this spring, and arrives with a fully-realized studio version of “Fighting In the Car” on March 15, premiered by none other than Zane Lowe himself.