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雅-MIYAVI-

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Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan (2002 – present)

雅-MIYAVI-, (born Takamasa Ishihara (石原貴雅) in Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan on September 14th 1981) is a Japanese artist and guitarist.

He is the ex-guitarist of Dué le quartz. During his time with Dué le quartz, he was called Miyabi, meaning elegant, but when he went solo in late 2002, he changed his name to 雅-MIYAVI-. In late 2004, he changed it again to MYV. However, he is still listed as “雅-MIYAVI-” on both his official website and on magazines.

Dué le quartz: Miyabi’s position in the band was that of guitarist and, occasionally, background vocals. He was the youngest member of the band, joining in 1999 at age 17, and developed the “youthful and flamboyant” image he still carries on today in his solo career, albeit it has been tweaked a bit. Dué le quartz disbanded in September of 2002, with Miyabi following up shortly afterward with the announcement of his solo career.

As a solo artist, Miyabi appeared on TV to promote his debut album, 【雅楽】-gagaku-, also stressing the name change from “Miyabi” to “雅-MIYAVI-”. He continued to stress this change on into the first year of his solo career. It wasn’t long before he had amassed a very large fanbase, despite having lost some of his old fanbase from his Dué le quartz days, going on to release multiple singles and another album. About two years later, in late 2004, he was signed (or “married” as Universal and he had jokingly put it) to Universal Records Japan, making the transition from indie to major.

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