Johao Torres, better known as ‘Joe Bananas’, started his music career at an early age in the city of Ashville, North Carolina. As a son of Chilean immigrants I decided to come back to Chile at the age of 18. A trip that would forever change my life! Immediately embracing my country I settled down in the 5th region of Chile (Viña del Mar) where I learned the ‘ropes’ of the fine art of rap music. At the age of 21 I headed for Chiles capital city (Santiago) where I began to piece together and build several musical projects alongside 2 well known producers: Patricio Baier & Eloahim Ra. Together we were making an impact in the national hiphop scene in 2011 when given the green light to concrete my first musical project.
Joe Bananas: 2013 – 2015
In the beginning of 2013 I started registering at Chiles top night clubs as a solo artists, collaborating with respected local artists aswell as international artists: Tiro de Gracia , Los Tetas, Anita Tijoux, Zaturno, Nemesis, Jonas Sanche, Los Brujzos, Hordatoj, DJ Raff, Jimmy Fernandez, Panteras Negras, DJ Maseo, De la Soul, Slum Village and many more. From this year on I also started to perform on festival stages: Expoweed ’13, Beerfest ’14, Fuga ’14, Spannabis ’15 (Barcelona!).
At the moment I’m in the middle of the process of presenting my first project as a solo artists. It’s titled: ‘THE BEGINNING’. At the same time I recently received a signing an endorsement contract with YAMAHA Music Chile. Next to this I recently became one of Biobizz’ embassadors, being a fan of the brand for years now. Together we do projects like trade shows and video productions. Many more to come!