(?? ??, Ishihara Takamasa
, born September 14, 1981), better known by his stage name Miyavi
(?-MIYAVI-, previously ?-miyavi-), is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz before starting his solo career in 2002, and has toured worldwide several times. In 2007, he became a member of the rock supergroup S.K.I.N., and in 2009 founded his own company J-Glam Inc..1999–2003: Dué le Quartz and indies eraIn 1999, at the age of 17, Miyavi moved to Tokyo, and joined the visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz, where he went by the stage name "Miyabi". Besides being a guitarist, he wrote lyrics, composed, and arranged. When the band split up in 2002, he started his solo career and changed his name to Miyav
i. He signed a contract with the independent record label PS Company, and on October 31, his debut studio album Gagaku
was released. Until the end of the year three more singles were released: "Shindemo Boogie-Woogie", "Pop is dead" and "Jingle Bell", of which only the third managed to enter the top forty on the Oricon charts. Miyavi also starred alongside his former band mate Sakito in a movie Ryomano Tsumato Sono Ottoto Aijin
.In 2003, he starred as himself in the 2003 film Oresama
. On April 23, his first solo concert was held at the Shibuya Public Hall. Three singles were released: "Jibun Kakumei", "Tariraritarara", "Coo quack cluck -Ku. Ku. Ru-", which charted as forty, thirty and forty-second respectively on Oricon. On December 2, the second studio album, Galyuu
, was released; it charted forty-fourth.
2004–2006: Majors and pop/acoustic era
In 2004, on February went on his first solo tour Tokyo Dassou
, and in July were added additional dates in Korea and Taiwan. In June was released his seventh single "Ashita, Genki Ni Naare", which charted as twenty-second, and number one of the indies chart. In August was organized a free, fan-club only small event in Tokyo Dome, and on the 31st was held his last indie concert at the Nippon Budokan. In October, he signed a major contract with Universal Music Group, but was still co-managed by PS Company. It was followed by the release of his first major (double) single "Rock no Gyakushuu/21sekikei Koushinkyoku" which entered in the top ten on the charts.In 2005, on May was released another single "Freedom Fighters -Icecream wo Motta Hadashi no Megami to, Kikanjuu wo Motta Hadaka no Ousama-", which charted as tenth, while on June 1, was released his first major album Miyavizm
. It was his first album to enter the top ten on the charts. It was followed by the third major single "Kekkon Shiki Uta/Are you ready to Rock?", which is his best charting single along "Dear My Friend"/"Itoshii Hito" released in 2006, as both reached number six. In December, performed at the first Peace & Smile Carnival
organized by PS Company.In late 2005 and for most of 2006, Miyavi shifted to an acoustic/pop sound reflected in his second and third major albums, MYV Pops
and Miyaviuta -Dokusou-
, released on August 2, and September 13 respectively. They charted as fifteenth and twenty-fifth. The first album singles, "Señor Señora Señorita/Gigpig Boogie" and "Kimi ni Negao Wo", are by the style not different. They charted as tenth and twenty-sixth respectively. Miyavi showcased his new acoustic style for the first time in the 25 Shunen Kinen Koen
concert series held at Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo for five days around his 25th birthday in September. Miyavi left for America for the next six months to study English language, dance classes, while on the weekends went to Venice Beach, and done street performances.
2007–2008: US debut, S.K.I.N., World Tour
On February 17, Miyavi, invited by the break dancer Mr. Freeze, performed with the local DJ and percussionist at the first solo concert in the United States, at the Tabu Ultra Lounge in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. On May 25, at the JRock Revolution
concert organized by Yoshiki at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, it was officially announced that Miyavi would be a member of a band named S.K.I.N.. On June 29, the band held their debut and their only concert yet at the anime expo in Long Beach, California.In Japan, in June was released Miyavi's seventh major single (and 14 overall), "Sakihokoru Hana no you ni -Neo Visualizm-/Kabuki Danshi", which charted as twelfth. In July, was released an remixed extended play 7 Samurai Sessions -We're Kavki Boiz-
, which includes re-arrangements of his past songs. It charted as forty-fourth. It was followed by Miyavi's nationwide tour which started on July 16. He also performed at Animagic in Bonn, Germany, and South Korea. In November, was released his tenth major single "Subarashikikana, Kono Sekai - What A Wonderful World", which charted as thirteenth.In 2008, on January 16, was released his ninth major single "Hi no Hikari Sae Todokanai Kono Basho De", on which collaborated with fellow Skin guitarist Sugizo. It is his third single which entered in the top ten. On March 19, was released his fourth major studio album, titled This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock
, which charted as twenty-fifth. In May, it was followed by his very first worldwide tour This Iz The Japanese Kabuki Rock Tour 2008
, with concerts in United States, Chile, Brazil, Germany, England, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Finland, France, Taiwan, South Korea, China and Japan. The tour covered distance of approximately 48,385 miles, equivalent to a full trip around the world, and majority of the concerts were sold out and covered extensively by media organizations. On June 27, was released in Korea and Taiwan, later also in Japan, a compilation album Azn Pride -This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock-
, which charted as forty-fourth. In September he performed in Beijing, China. On December 24, was released a remix album Room No. 382
, which didn't enter in the top hundred.
2009–2011: Founding J-Glam Inc.
In 2009, on January 3, Miyavi performed at the 10th Anniversary Commemorative
concert by PS Company at the Nippon Budokan. On April 5, Miyavi left the PS Company because the ten years contract expired, and on April 8 launched his own company J-Glam inc., in which he's the president. On April 22, was released a compilation album Victory Road to the King of Neo Visual Rock
, which includes all his major singles with Universal Group. On June 1, was released a new song "Super Hero" through his official Myspace, and in September was opened his International Fanclub. On September 19, Miyavi started his second worldwide tour Neo Tokyo Samurai Black 2009/2010
, in Moscow, Russia. He held 17 concerts in Europe, of that also visited for the first time Austria, Hungary and Italy. It was immediately continued in South America, with concerts in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. The United States leg was canceled due to recovering from an illness, and an injury, but Miyavi managed to perform in November at Anime Matsuri, Texas. On December 31, he signed a new contract with EMI Music Japan.On March 10, 2010, was released his first single with EMI, "Survive", via iTunes. The worldwide tour was continued on March 28, with the concert at Human Stage, Okinawa, and nationwide. In June and early July toured throughout United States, and Canada, while in October for the first time in Australia. On September 15, was released his eleventh major single "Torture". On October 13, was released his fifth studio album What's My Name?
, which charted as twenty-sixth. On November 6, performed at the EMI Rocks
50th anniversary event at the Saitama Super Arena.In 2011, in March was simultaneously released a live album Live in London 2011
, and started a new world tour, titled What's My Name?
, in Europe, with his first visit to Belgium. In April was continued in Japan, while in July performed in France, and in September at the Mount Taishan MAO Rock Festival in China. On October 5, was released his twelfth major single, "Strong", in collaboration with Japanese rapper Kreva. It was followed by the North-American leg of the tour, in South America performed at the Maquinaria festival in Chile, and visited new countries Venezuela, Peru and Colombia.
On February 19, performed at the second EMI Rocks
event in Saitama Super Arena. On June 29, performed at the EHZ Festival in Helette, while on June 30, was the only Asian representative at the Main Square Festival in Arras, France. On July 11, was released his thirteenth major single "Day 1", in collaboration with the French electronic producer and DJ, Yuksek. On September 8, performed at the 908 Festival, organized by Kreva, in Saitama Super Arena. In October were held two concerts in Indonesia. In November 14, was released his sixth studio album, Samurai Sessions vol.1
, which featured collaboration with various artists, and was followed by a short nationwide tour. It charted as twenty-first.In 2013, on February 28 was released his fourteenth single "Ahead of the Light", and was held same titled promotional tour. On June 19, was released his seventh studio album, Miyavi
, in Japan. It is his best-selling album so far, as charted on number eight on Oricon charts. In the same month were released two more singles, "Horizon" and "Secret".In the upcoming 2014 year was announced his fourth world tour "Slap the World", which will start on February 22 in Malaysia, will continue throughout Europe followed by the European release of the self-titled album, and return in Japan for his longest nationwide tour so far.