Joni Void is the musical persona of Montreal-based French/British producer Jean Cousin – previously known in the Soundcloud
and other online communities as johnny_ripper.
A self-taught musician making tracks since he was 14 years old and living in Lille, France, Cousin moved to Montréal in 2012 to pursue Film Studies. He plunged into the city’s fertile DIY/loft scene and in a spirited transformation, evolved from cloistered bedroom/virtual persona to highly engaged organizer and performer. As the shift towards the live environment led to a multitude of collaborations and improvised performances, Cousin found himself abandoning instrumental composition entirely and making a conscious move towards montage-based sound, and the Joni Void persona coalesced around a singular and compelling style incorporating elements of ambient/drone, minimalism, rap and hip-hop beats, psychedelia, glitch, and musique concrête with influences from the experimental film world.