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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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  • ViolaA_

    Miyavi is the best! His songs are so catchy, not just his albums in Japanese, but also English ones. I like that he is evolving and trying something different and new. :)

    25 Apr 1:54am Reply
  • xStrikeBassProx

    Bring back tranny miyavi

    24 Apr 2:38am Reply
  • Inanimentis

    To be honest, I really miss the old MIYAVI.

    22 Apr 10:32pm Reply
  • Shanchaan

    His Voice is so beautiful! ❤ I like that !

    21 Apr 7:39pm Reply
  • NeoKallisto

    "This sound could make him popular in America and Europe for a mainstream crowd" - exactly. now Miyavi's sound - the sound for a mainstream crowd. now he sounds just like everyone else. and that's very sad.

    21 Apr 2:57pm Reply
  • Naaaaani

    New album sucks like hell. Bring my good old myv back please.

    20 Apr 8:56pm Reply
  • DKomamura

    Well i enjoyed The Others only dislike 4 song of 11, these 7 song i hear frequently now. I like the "Whats my Name" Miyavi more but this is not bad. This sound could make him popular in America and Europe for a mainstream crowd.

    18 Apr 12:48pm Reply
  • kattosankari

    New picture

    17 Apr 3:37pm Reply
  • Dashz

    I wasn't sure about what I should have expected of The Others. Well, I can say now that I've listened to it plenty of times that I like it. Even though I can't feel really deep meanings or melodies to the songs, it's really uplifting and enjoyable. Though I still like the self titled album better. My favorite songs are Shangri-La, The Others, Into The Red and All The Way, I think.

    17 Apr 12:45am Reply
  • Pretsy

    Shangri-la was okay but still dull as heck compared to what he did, and COVERED in the past :/

    16 Apr 2:44pm Reply
  • gulsahcandan

    <3

    16 Apr 9:07am Reply
  • Seelenlicht93

    'Shangri-La is pretty awesome' [2]

    15 Apr 4:48pm Reply
  • iketeruneko

    Shangri-La is pretty awesome

    15 Apr 4:29pm Reply
  • Delsin__

    Damn the new album is fucking awesome. :3 <3

    14 Apr 6:30pm Reply
  • Furik

    V i'll check it out later but i really don't have high hopes since kabuki rock.

    14 Apr 5:55pm Reply
  • eplizo

    "Cruel" kinda gives me throwback Miyavi vibes lol.

    14 Apr 5:10pm Reply
  • eplizo

    "THE OTHERS" is a super solid album. ♥

    14 Apr 3:40pm Reply
  • Nyantaroya

    For those who don´t know, tomorrow April the 15th 2015 new album "The Others"

    14 Apr 12:16pm Reply
  • xStrikeBassProx

    When he gonna start making music again?

    31 Mar 1:30am Reply
  • kalastaj

    http://www.last.fm/music/%E9%9B%85-MIYAVI-/+images/103768087 new pic!

    6 Mar 8:35pm Reply
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