Joe was born in a Malaysian refugee camp in 1983 and came to Australia with his mother. Joe’s mother re-married during her resettlement.

Joe’s family structure started to fall apart when he was nine years old and his two older step brothers moved out and became involved with the notorious 5T gang. Joe left home at age fifteen because of family violence and moved in with gang members. He tried selling drugs as a way to make money and developed a serious heroin smoking habit. In 1999, Joe was arrested and spent time in prison for armed robbery. In 2004,! he turned his life around. Joe has been accepted at North Sydney TAFE where he will attend a sound design course.