Music / Miyavi

Miyavi is technically classified as a Visual Kei musician. However, his musical style ranges from an urban legend inspired Sludge Metal, to sappy Acoustic Pop love songs, to guitar slapping Funk Rock, to Jazz ballads. He got his start playing lead guitar for the Visual Kei band Due Le Quartz, but after the band split up in 2002, he quickly became one of Japan's most popular Indie artists.

After putting out several successful singles and albums, Miyavi took a six month break somewhere in 2005 and 2006, and returned with his now iconic style of percussive slap guitar. Since then, a video of him showcasing his talent went viral, and Miyavi gained international recognition as one of Japan's premier guitar players.

In 2007, it was revealed that Miyavi would be taking part in the Japanese superband S.K.I.N, alongside Gackt, Yoshiki, and Sugizo.

Miyavi is currently married to J-pop singer Melody and has two daughters.

His current sound features only Miyavi on the electric guitar and vocals, and a drummer (BOBO Drums).

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, Miyavi stayed on Twitter almost nonstop, tweeting information and trying to help victims and raise awareness of the earthquake. Some have noted that he was constantly posting for 36 hours from the disaster's beginning, went offline for six hours, then returned to post more about the quake and relief efforts.

In 2014 he made his film debut as Mutsuhiro Watanabe in Unbroken.

Album Discography:

  • Gagaku (2002)
  • Galyuu (2003)
  • Miyavizm (2005)
  • MYV Pops (2006)
  • Miyaviuta - Dokusou (2006)
  • This iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock (2008)
  • What's My Name? (2010)
  • Live in London (2011)
  • Samurai Sessions (2012)
  • The Others (2015)

Miyavi provides examples of:

Miyavi's music provides examples of:

  • Album Filler: The instrumentals on Galyuu.
  • Audience Participation Song: "What's My Name" and "Are You Ready to Rock?"
  • Big Rock Ending: He has a few, especially in his early work.
  • B-Side: Most of his singles.
  • Cover Version: He recorded a cover of Nirvana's "Blew."
  • Engrish: Lots of it in his early days. A little bit of it now, but at least he knows what he's saying.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: "Jikoai, Jigajisan, Jiishiki, Kajou" from the album Miyaviuta - Dokusou.
  • Evolving Music: Miyavi's Due Le Quartz covers and the Samurai Sessions EP.
  • Genre Shift: He started with what can be called Sludge Metal, turned to Art Rock, then Punk Pop, then Acoustic Pop and Acoustic Rock, then Hip-Hop, and then multiple styles that are near unclassifiable.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Three of them.
  • I Am the Band: Miyavi did this for his early albums, programming the drums and bass, while playing the guitar and singing.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: At one point his band included a beatboxer, a DJ, a tap dancer, and a painter. Yes, a painter.
  • One-Man Band: Miyavi has done several live shows where he plays guitar, sings, and plays drums on this thing called a GigPig.
  • Rearrange the Song: Miyavi has done this with his own music a couple of times. Specific examples include "Are You Ready to Rock?" and "Are You Ready to Love," as well as his entire Samurai Sessions EP.
  • Self-Titled Album: MYV Pops, Miyaviuta, and Miyavizm. Gagaku and Galyuu are written with the same kanji as his name. Inverted and played straight with What's My Name?
  • Something Blues: "Aa, Kanashiki Kana Yatoware no Mi no Blues," "Chillin' Chillin' Money Blue$," "21st Century Tokyo Blues," and "Ame ni Utaeba ~Pichipichi Chappuchappu Ran Ran Blues~''
  • Special Guest: While his latest Samurai Sessions tracks are all about this, he has featured quite a few special guests along the way of his career before that. Among others, Pata as his 2nd guitar on Galyuu, and a single collaboration with Sugizo, and another collaboration with Tomoyasu Hotei.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: "2 B Wiz U," "Thanx Givin' Day," and "Kabuki Boiz" to name a few.
    • Miyabi is a Japanese word meaning "refinement" or "elegance." Because Japanese has no "v" sound, his name qualifies as this trope.