Joel Ma was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to a Chinese Australian architect father and an Anglo Australian school teacher mother. He was raised in Sydney and brought up on a steady diet of punk, jazz and acid rock music.
Settling in Melbourne in the early 00’s, he founded seminal alt-rap group TZU,who built a reputation around their electric live performances and inventiveness in the studio across four albums, Position Correction, Smiling at Strangers, Computer Love and Millions of Moments.
Along the way they picked up nominations for the Australian Music Prize, a J Award and an APRA Award.
In 2022, Joelistics is set to release his first batch of solo work as a singer/rapper since 2014. Leaning in to new folk and acoustic stylings whilst paying tribute to his hiphop past and natural inclination towards electronic sounds.