Jokyo is a Half Filipino independent artist, singer, and producer who now resides in Redondo Beach, California, in the United States.
Jokyo is a rapper who has released seven songs and one album. His music focuses on the connections he has with his friends and how individuals may change through time.
This extended play, titled “Houses in My Head,” is his most current production to date. The recent struggles in his life, particularly the passing of his father to cancer, served as the impetus for the creation of this emo-ass EP. This EP also serves as a watershed moment in his career as a vocalist and producer, in particular since all of these new tunes have been completely reworked from top to bottom.
During our in-depth conversation with him, he shared his experiences as a musician and shed some further light on his EP. He also answered our questions.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
Hey guys, my name is Jordan Francis, AKA Jokyo.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve officially been making music since the start of the pandemic in 2020, but I’ve been playing music since I was a fetus. Music has always been something of beauty to me, each song is a reflection of an artist’s emotional perspective and is described through sound as if painted on a pallet.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
The first project I ever released was in 2020, an EP Called “Gilded Paradise” featuring 4 songs completely written, produced, sang and played by me.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I think something truly experienced by all at some point in life is entropy. In my own life, I’ve experienced a lot of pain for someone young, and music has been my outlet to rage about heartbreak, uncertainty and addiction.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
My parents and friends mostly consist of creatives and artists of some form, so I get a lot of feedback. I have some critics to be sure, but I’m lucky enough to have parents who actually support my music career, and that’s all I ever needed.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Since I started making music during the pandemic, I’ve never been able to perform live outside the occasional coffee shop. I want to take my music to the stage, but my lack of experience makes it a little daunting.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has absolutely revolutionized the way music can be discovered to be sure, however, I still feel organic individual interactions make for a better fanbase.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
If I had any advice to any hesitant or anxious songwriters out there, just stop waiting to be “good enough”. Do the best you can with what you know, gather credible feedback, and release it to the wilds! You’ll get better every single time you put yourself out like that.
What is your current project about?
Houses in My Head is an EP about hurt, complacency, drive, love and entropy. Each song is a different experience and focuses on a specific feeling yet they all still feel like one. It’s basically my guts beautified into sound.
What does this song mean to you?
These songs all mean a lot to me, but now post-production, they make me feel as though I’m a climber summiting the tallest mountain. They’re deeply personal and feel scary to put out, but that’s how you know you have to!!
What are your hobbies?
I probably have too many hobbies to list here, but here’s a short list; Record Collecting, Thrift shopping, Working out, Cooking, Painting, Meditation and kickboxing.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I’m currently finishing a course with google to become certified as a project manager. A lot of the skills they teach are extremely useful to musicians releasing their own music.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I fucking love all of you, you’re never alone in this world even while it’s burning to the ground.