Djo, aka Stranger Things star Joe Keery, returns with the single ‘Keep Your Head Up’, featuring the spaced out psych-pop influences that he has employed in most of his music projects.
However, this time he mixes in elements of funk reminiscent of Prince and George Clinton. This is Joe’s first release since his 2019 full-length psych odyssey, Twenty Twenty, and is a much needed bolt of positivity in an otherwise dark time.
Major touring and festival dates were plotted for Djo throughout 2020, but with the global pandemic putting plans on hold, Keery returned to the studio to make something new. ‘Keep Your Head Up’ is only the start of a flurry of activity under the moniker, with further material to follow in the coming months.
Listen to ‘Keep Your Head Up’ by Djo has been added to the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
Keery began playing music in his teens after co-opting his sister’s guitar, but it was during his college years at DePaul University in Chicago that he formed his first band and began to seriously pursue music.
That band was Post Animal, the heavy psych rock outfit that went on to release a self-titled EP and two subsequent albums via Polyvinyl. They also toured with artists like Twin Peaks, Wavves and Cage The Elephant and played a number of US festivals.
‘Keep Your Head Up’ is out now 🙃 https://t.co/ZpaXQw24cD
Special thanks to Bendik Kaltenborn, Heba Kadry, Sen Morimoto, Teddy Matthews and especially Adam Thein pic.twitter.com/3BsfTe2V00
— Djo (@djotime) September 9, 2020
In 2019, with no announcement or fanfare, Keery’s solo-project Djo was unveiled not with a single, but a lush, self-reflective, layered 12 track full-length album titled Twenty Twenty.
Despite the album being released under the radar and without a label, fans found their way to it, and the record has had now seen more than 40 million streams to date.