Gackt est un Acteur, Ecrivain et Compositeur de musique originale Japonais né le 4 juillet 1973 à Préfecture d'Okinawa (Japon)
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Nationalité JaponNaissance 4 juillet 1973
(48 ans) à Préfecture d'Okinawa (Japon
Gackt Camui (神威 楽斗, Kamui Gakuto, born July 4, 1973), better known by his stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He has been active since 1994, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, then for the now defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, before starting his solo career in 1999. He has released nine studio albums and, with forty-three singles released, holds the male soloist record for most top ten consecutive singles in Japan music history. His single "Returner (Yami no Shūen)", released on June 20, 2007, was his first single to reach the number one spot on the Oricon charts. He became the first Japanese artist to release his music catalog on iTunes in October 2007.
Besides the modern entertainment industry, his music has been used as theme songs for various video games, anime films and television series. In addition to his music career Gackt has acted in a few films, including the film he wrote, Moon Child, and his international debut Bunraku, and TV series such as the NHK drama Fūrin Kazan. He also performed live in a theatre stage play.
Gackt was born on July 4, 1973, as the second of three children in a Ryukyuan family, in Okinawa, Japan. His father was a music teacher primarily playing the trumpet and his mother was also a teacher. Gackt has an older sister, and a younger brother. Because of his father's job, he lived in many different cities in addition to Okinawa: Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Shiga, Osaka, and Kyoto. Gackt's musical education began at age three, when his parents initiated his classical piano education. He grew tired of the piano at age seven when entered elementary school, and because of moving had to change teachers. It would take another four years until his parents allowed him to quit. Since his father played the trumpet, he was also familiar with brass instruments. He has credited the classical pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin with being "the one who taught me the beauty, depth, fun, sadness, kindness of music; that music could grant people courage, and the meaning of the layers of sound. It isn't an exaggeration to say Chopin is the foundation of my music." Having only listened to classical music and enka while growing up, he did not become interested in rock music until he was a young adult. He cites Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" as being particularly inspiring, and went on to master modern percussion and electric guitar.
According to Gackt's autobiography Jihaku, he was a mischievous child and had a tendency to face death; at age seven he nearly drowned while swimming off the coast of Okinawa. After that near-death experience, he claims to have paranormal ability to see and speak with deceased people, as well as family members. At the age of ten, he was hospitalized with a gastrointestinal condition and had to remain at the hospital for a prolonged time. He made the acquaintance of several terminally ill children, some of whom died during his stay.
1994–98: First musical efforts and Malice Mizer
In the early 1990s, he stopped playing drums, studio band activities went blank for a while, and found himself working multiple jobs at once, among them as a sound technician at the studio. When was in his early twenties, in a music livehouse event he met a guitarist You Kurosaki, his future solo career support guitarist, and they formed the band Cains:Feel (with biblical reference to the story of Cain and Abel). Because of the mediocre acquaintances at the moment Gackt became the frontman, and the band went to record a demo tape.
In the upcoming year he was introduced to the visual kei band Malice Mizer which was on hiatus due to lack of a vocalist. Gackt moved to Tokyo, and joined them in October 1995. As their vocalist and pianist, he contributed only two songs in their catalog, "Regret" and "Le Ciel", the
latter being their most successful single as a band. With him, the band's fame soared, and at their peak, after four years and two studio albums, in January 1999 was announced that he left the band. According to his autobiography, the members differences, obsession, sudden income of money, and his isolation from the band, have led to his departure.
1999–01: Solo debut, Mizérable, Mars, and Rebirth
Gackt launched his solo career on January 1, 1999. After having completed his recordings, his first gig as a solo artist was the 99 Gackt Resurrection tour held in 12 locations across Japan. It was followed on May 12 with his debut release, extended play Mizérable, released by record company Nippon Crown. The album peaked at number 2, spending 12 weeks on the Oricon charts. It was certified gold, for shipment of over two hundred thousand copies, by the RIAJ. It spanned the same titled single "Mizérable", which peaked at number 3, spending 9 weeks on the charts. In July he performed at Shock Wave Illusion in Osaka and Tokyo. On August 11, was released his second single "Vanilla". It peaked at number 4, spent 10 weeks on the charts, and enjoyed considerable success. It was certified gold by RIAJ.
In 2000, on February 9 and 16 were released third and fourth single, "Mirror" and "Oasis". They peaked at number 9 and 7, and both spent 6 weeks on the charts. On March 8 was released his fifth single Seki-Ray, which peaked at number 7, charting for 6 weeks. In the year's beginning Gackt was joined by a support guitarist and associate producer Chachamaru, and for Caparison Guitars has designed two guitars named "Marcury" and "Venus", which he occasionally uses in his live performances. On April 26, was released his first full-length studio album, Mars. It peaked at number 3, and spent only 5 weeks on the charts, but was certified gold by RIAJ. The following day went on a nationwide tour Mars Sora Kara no Homonsha -Kaisō-, which included 16 concerts, and on July 1 performed the final concert at Yokohama Arena. On August 30, was released the sixth single "Saikai (Story)", which peaked at number 7, spending 6 weeks on the charts. On November 16, was released the seventh single "Secret Garden", which reached number 10, and charted for 5 weeks. On December 16, was released the first in the series of Platinum Boxes.
"Jūnigatsu no Love Song"
A 30-second sample of "Jūnigatsu no Love Song", a Christmas love song. It was later recorded in English, Korean and Chinese.
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In 2001, on March 14 was released his eighth single, "Kimi no Tame ni Dekiru Koto". It peaked at number 6, and charted for 18 weeks, which was Gackt's record until 2009. On April 25, was released the second studio album, Rebirth. It is Gackt's first concept album, conceived around the fictional narrative during the time of World War II, named "Requiem et Reminiscence". The album includes previously released singles "Seki-Ray" and "Secret Garden". It peaked at number 3, spent 21 weeks on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On May 3, went on the Requiem et Reminiscence tour, which included 18 concert in fourteen venues. The final concert was held on June 23, at the Yokohama Arena. On September 5, was released his ninth single, "Another World". It was Gackt's first single to reach number two spot on the charts, spent 17 weeks on them, and managed to sell over two hundred and fifty thousand copies, being his best selling single. It was certified gold by RIAJ. After discovering the events of September 11th, 2001 in New York, Gackt wrote a song for a world peace. It was released that December as a single "Jūnigatsu no Love Song". It peaked at number 5, and charted for 9 weeks. From 2001 to 2004, the single was recorded in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese, all released before Christmas.
2002–03: Moon, the film Moon Child, and Crescent
A 28-second sample of "Rain", from Moon. The song was accompanied with raindrops on the final concerts in 2002 and 2003.
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A 27-second sample of "Last Song", a romantic acoustic song from Crescent.
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In the second half of 2001, during the release of "Another World", Gackt started his second concept, project "Moon". In 2002, on April 24, was released his eleventh single "Wasurenai Kara". It peaked at number 4, spending 5 weeks on the charts. On June 6 went on the nationwide live house tour, on which represented his new concept, and included 9 concerts in eight venues. The final concert was held on July 10, at Zepp Sendai. On June 16, was released the third studio concept album Moon. It is Gackt's best selling album, it reached number two on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On September 22, at the Beijing Worker's Gymnasium, in China, was held large musical event "China-Japan: Holding Hands, Moving Together" as part of "Japan-China Diplomatic Relations Normalization 30th Anniversary Commemoration", and Gackt was among handful who represented his homeland. On October 14 continued the concept with the nationwide tour Kagen no Tsuki (下弦の月, The Waning Moon), which included 22 concerts fifteen venues. The final concert was held on December 24, at the Yokohama Arena.
In 2003, Gackt worked on his film Moon Child. He wrote the script, and did own action scenes on location in Taiwan. In collaboration with co-star Hyde, he also sang the film's theme song "Orange no Taiyō" (オレンジの太陽, Orenji no Taiyō, "The Orange Sun"). Film was released on April 19 in Japan, and screened on May 13 at the Cannes Film Festival and on April 12, 2004 at Philadelphia Film Festival. On March 19 was released his thirteenth single "Kimi ga Oikaketa Yume", which is the second of five to reach number two on the charts, spending 10 weeks on them. It was certified gold by RIAJ. On May 5 was launched the nationwide tour Jōgen no Tsuki (上弦の月, The Waxing Moon), continuing the concept of the previous one, and included 13 concerts in eight venues. On June 11, was released the fourteenth single "Tsuki no Uta", which peaked at number 3, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On July 6, was held the final concert of the tour at the Yokohama Arena. On September 27, he performed as a special guest at the TV Asahi 45 anniversary commemorative "Kingdom Rock Show". On October 2, Gackt performed the John Lennon's song "Love" at the "Dream Power: John Lennon Super Live" concert organized by Yoko Ono in Saitama Super Arena. On September 26 was released Gackt's autobiography Confession (自白, Jihaku). Besides the film and musical recordings for the project, in October was published a novel Moon Child Requiem (Moon Child 鎮魂歌),. On November 12, was released his sixteenth single "Last Song", which peaked at number 5, spent 13 weeks on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On December 3, was released the fourth studio concept album Crescent. It peaked at number 5, spent 11 weeks on the charts, and was certified platinum by RIAJ. On New Year's Eve, he performed for the first time at the annual music show, 54th Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
2004–05: The Sixth Day and The Seventh Night, Love Letter, Diabolos
In 2004, on February 25 was released his first compilation album The Sixth Day: Single Collection, which was a collection of the singer's previous singles title songs, of some being re-recorded. It peaked at number 3, spent 23 weeks on the charts, which is his record, and was certified platinum by RIAJ. On April 29, went on the nationwide tour The Sixth Day & Seventh Night, which included 15 concerts in eight venues. On May 26, was released another compilation album The Seventh Night: Unplugged, containing the acoustic arrangements of previously released songs. It peaked at number 5, spent 8 weeks on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On July 4, was held the final concert of the tour at the Yokohama Arena. On October 27, was released the eighteenth single "Kimi ni Aitakute", It peaked at number 2, spent 17 weeks on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On December 4, he appeared and performed at the M.net/Km Music Video Festival, where received the award for "Best Asian Rock Artist".
In 2005, with the release of his previous single and the twentieth single "Arittake no Ai de" on January 26, which peaked at number 7, the unplugged theme was continued in the release of his fifth studio album Love Letter on Valentine's Day. It peaked at number 5, spent 13 weeks on the charts, certified gold by RIAJ, and was re-recorded in Korean and released on June 16 for the Korean market. With the release of his twenty-first single "Black Stone" on April 27, Gackt switched to a more alternative rock style. The single peaked at number 3, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On May 25 followed the twenty-second single "Metamorphoze", which was used in a Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movie. It his fourth single to reach number two, spent 13 weeks on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On August 10, was released the twenty-third single "Todokanai Ai to Shitteita no ni Osaekirezu ni Aishitsuzuketa...". It peaked at number 3, and was certified gold by RIAJ. On September 21, was released his sixth studio album Diabolos. Conceptually, it was a prequel entrant to the previous "Moon" albums. It reached number 4 on the charts, and was certified gold by RIAJ, his last album to achieve this. Gackt went on a, at the time, his longest nationwide tour Diabolos ~Aien no Shi~, with 36 concerts across Japan, which ended with a final Christmas Eve spectacle at the Tokyo Dome, in front of more than forty-two thousand people.
2006–07: First solo tours in Asia, Fūrin Kazan and S.K.I.N.
In 2006, he continued his tour with a concert on January 14, in Korea, at Fencing Stadium in Korean Olympic Park, which was his first Asian solo concert. In the same month was released the twenty-fourth single "Redemption", which included theme songs of Square Enix game Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. On February 28, he appeared to promise he gave at the graduation of the Maiko High School in Hyōgo Prefecture. Besides the words of encouragement, he performed live an unreleased song especially written for the graduation. It was released the following year on February 7, as "No ni Saku Hana no Yō ni". Since then he appeared in several graduation ceremonies.
In August, at an Otakon conference, it was publicly announced that he would form a supergroup, S.K.I.N., with famous Japanese metal band X Japan co-founder Yoshiki, Luna Sea and X Japan guitarist Sugizo, and guitarist Miyavi. Although there were high expectations for the group, since their debut performance on June 29, 2007 at the Anime Expo in Long Beach, California, no further activities were announced. On December 24, he went on a small nationwide fanclub tour "D.r.u.g. Party", which was also continued with four concerts in Korea and Taiwan.
"Returner ~Yami no Shūen~"
Gackt's number one spot on the charts.
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In 2007, in January he played the warlord Uesugi Kenshin in the NHK Taiga drama Fūrin Kazan. On June 20, was released his twenty-seventh single "Returner (Yami no Shūen)", and was the first in his career (both solo and in a band) to reach the number one spot on the Oricon charts. On August 23, Gackt was invited to perform his Fūrin Kazan television role at Jōetsu city's traditional 82nd Kenshin Festival, with approximate 203,000 visitors. In October he held a press conference at the Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo, where besides advertised the first iPhone, announced to have his entire back catalog, with new previous tour live song recordings, put up on the iTunes Store, as well that his "The Greatest Filmography" would be released on October 9 in the United States and Canada, while his album Diabolos on October 26 in eighteen European countries. On November 17 and 27, he performed at M.net/Km Music Video Festival in Korea as the special guest star, and appeared and performed at the "2007 Japan-China Cultural Exchange Grand Concert Final" in Beijing. In Beijing he sang "Jūnigatsu no Love Song" in Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. On December 10, he appeared at the China Fashion Awards in Beijing, where was given the award "Japanese Artist of the Year". On December 19, was released a compilation album 0079–0088, including songs used in the Gundam franchise. Gackt also performed on the 58th Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
The year 2007 also saw the creation of the "Save our Dears" charity to help the victims of the powerful Chūetsu offshore earthquake that struck the Niigata Prefecture. To raise funds for this charity, Gackt designed a keychain and bracelets, in addition, the charity also featured two Orico UPty MasterCard credit cards. Gackt's fanclub Dears, raised ¥2,000,000 (US$26,041) which Gackt donated to the Jōetsu at the 83rd Kenshin Festival in 2008.
2008–09: Requiem et Reminiscence II tour and Re:Born
On July 31, 2008, Internet Co., Ltd. released Gackpoid, a Vocaloid using recorded selection of Gackt's voice. On December 3, his twenty-eighth single "Jesus" was released, his first single release in over a year. It peaked at number 7, spending 10 weeks on the charts. On December 14, Gackt went on his longest nationwide tour Requiem et Reminiscence II -Saisei to Kaikō- (Requiem et Reminiscence II -再生と邂逅-, -Rebirth and Reunion-), which included over 60 concerts in more than forty-five cities. On January 28, 2009, his twenty-ninth single "Ghost" was released, and peaked at number 6 on the charts. On May 18, Gackt was scheduled to perform a concert in South Korea at Seoul's Olympic Hall, but due to the effects of the global recession the sponsors of the concert withdrew their support. In commemoration of his 10th anniversary as a solo artist, Gackt released four singles: "Koakuma Heaven", "Faraway", "Lost Angels", and "Flower", one week after another, starting from June 17 and ending on July 1. They all managed to enter the top ten on the charts. On June 13, Gackt began the arena part of the tour, and on July 4 held a fanclub concert to celebrate his birthday at the Yoyogi National Stadium. On July 11 and 12, he held the final concerts at the Saitama Super Arena.
As both Gackt and the Kamen Rider Series' Heisei period run had its 10th anniversary, he became involved in the 2009 edition of the franchise Kamen Rider Decade to perform its theme songs. These are the first singles that were not written by him, and were released by Avex Trax and Avex Entertainment. In March, his thirtieth single and the series' opening theme "Journey Through the Decade" was released, peaking at number 2 and spending 25 weeks on the charts, and certified gold by RIAJ. In August he released the second theme single for the Kamen Rider Decade film All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, "The Next Decade". It peaked at number 4, and spent 9 weeks on the charts. He also appeared in the film as Decade 's iteration of the character Jōji Yūki. The collaboration finished in January with the release of the final single "Stay the Ride Alive", which charted the same as his previous one.
In September, he performed as a representative of Japan at the Asia Song Festival in Korea. He also participated in the 2009 Animelo Summer Live concert. In October, Gackt performed as the main artist in the "Wow Live! Thanks For Music" show held in Yoyogi National Gymnasium, in Japan. On December 2, he released his seventh studio album Re:Born, which continued the story he had originally created in 2001. It reached number nine on the charts. On December 12, he held a fanclub cover concert conceptualized around fictional school, at the Saitama Super Arena.
2010–11: The Eleventh Day, and move to Avex Group
In 2010, on February 14, Gackt participated as a representative of Japan at the Asia Pops Festival held in Niigata, in homage for the victims of 2007 Chūetsu earthquake. On March 6 and 7, he performed the theme songs in the festival organized by Koei to promote their new Wii game Samurai Warriors 3 at the Saitama Super Arena. On April 17, he officially announced that he transferred from Nippon Crown to Avex Group's recording conglomerate. On May 14, began the theatre stage play of Nemuri Kyoshiro Buraihikae at Nissei Theatre, in which Gackt starred as the main actor. The show ran for 120 performances in seven cities until February 27, 2011, with estimated 150,000 spectators.
Prior to the transfer announcement to Avex, separately from his solo career was organized a band "Yellow Fried Chickenz", which name refers to human cowardice. Besides the nationwide tour in June and August, from July 16, he made his first appearance touring Europe, performing at clubs in London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, and Bochum. On July 21, was released the compilation album The Eleventh Day: Single Collection, which was a collection of the singer's singles from the second half of his tenure with the label. On August 23, he participated in the 85th Kenshin Festival for the third time, with event record attendance of more than 240,000 visitors. On December 14, he participated and performed in a Hohoemi project charity event called "Message! to Asia", by DATV at Tokyo Dome, whose profit was planned to help street children in Cambodia and the Philippines. For an auction at the event, he auctioned his custom 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am MS6, which got sold for ¥6 015 000 (US$72 033).
In 2011, because of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Gackt founded the "Show Your Heart" charity for collecting money to buy supplies for the victims. In March, a truck convoy with 72,000 lb (33,000 kg) of food and clothes was delivered and he held a nationwide street corner fund-raising campaign, which collected ¥25 234 490 (or US$320 193). All money collected through bank transfers and street fundraising activities was transferred to the Japanese Red Cross, totalling ¥208 181 735 (US$2 641 564). In July and August, the band toured Europe for the second time, and later toured across Japan. The Japanese part of tour revenue was donated to the Japanese Red Cross. A year later on July 4, at the concert in Nippon Budokan the band was disbanded. On August 22, he participated at the 86th Kenshin Festival for the fourth time.
2012–14: Moon theatrical edition and Best of the Best tour
In 2012, Gackt announced a plan to continue the concept of "Moon" with a stage theatre play, Mysteries of Yoshitsune, on July 15, at Akasaka ACT Theatre in Tokyo. The final two, of 60 shows, were on September 26 and October 2, in Tokyo. On March 18 and 19, Gackt appeared at the Gala party for FilmAid Asia, and 6th Asian Film Awards, where he also performed, as part of Hong Kong International Film Festival in Hong Kong. On March 29, Gackt performed the national anthem Kimigayo at the Major League Baseball season opening game in Tokyo Dome. It was his fourth time performing the national anthem. On December 15, performed on the 45 anniversary concert of All Night Nippon, at the Yoyogi National Stadium. In the same month, on December 19, his forty-third single, "White Lovers (Shiawase na Toki)" was released.
In 2013 was announced his first national tour in four years, Best of the Best Vol. I, which started on May 11, and ended with three consecutive shows on July 7 at the Yokohama Arena. In July, it was accompanied with two compilation albums, Wild and Mild. On August 22, he participated at the 88th Kenshin Festival for the fifth time. On December 22, was held the final concert of the fourth festival of cover concerts conceptualized around fictional school. On December 26, was held a special live concert where Gackt performed along the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014, since February 12, with the release of his forty-fourth single "P.S. I Love U", his records are released by his independent record label G&Lovers distributed by Crown Tokuma. The second "Moon" stage theatre adaptation ran from August until October, with 40 performances in seven cities, as well was released its original soundtrack. In August participated at the 89th Kenshin Festival for the sixth time. On October 1, Gackt released his forty-fifth single "Akatsukizukuyo (Day Breakers)". On December 26 was held the second live concert with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
2015–present: Last Visualive tour
In March 2015, Gackt reported through his blog post on trip in Paris that experienced personal racial discrimination and those of Asian guests in hotel's restaurant. The story was a popular topic in Japan, however he stressed that the media emphasized only one part what he said, and not the conclusion how the problems of worldwide discrimination probably won't ever disappear, including Asia, and can be only through means of education.
In celebration of Gackt's 15th anniversary on July 1 was released remix album titled Gacktracks -Ultra DJ ReMix-. It contains club remix versions of his songs done by Japanese DJs, including DJ Koo, Taku Takahashi, Tomoyuki Tanaka (FPM), Jazztronik, Marc Panther and many others. Gackt stated he personally would not decide to do the project from a musical perspective because is not fond of club music, but as often goes to clubs if has to decide to use it or not he would. He chose the DJs on the first-come-first basis, and because of great interest for participation believes in second collaboration in near future. He also expressed his concern on the decline of originality and growing irrelevance of music in modern daily life. On July 3 was also held a release party.
On August 8 was announced the first national tour in seven years, Last Visualive. Although the original intention was to be held in 2015, it was postponed to 2016. It will be his last tour with signature stage shows for a period of time. It will start with fanclub only concert on March 19 at Misato City Cultural Hall in Saitama, while publicly on March 21 at Colany Hall in Yamanashi, and for now end on July 2 at Saitama Super Arena with 25 concerts in twenty-one city.
On August 23, Gackt participated at the 90th Kenshin Festival for the seventh time overall, with record high 243,000 visitors. At the festival was premiered the upcoming forty-sixth single, to be released on October 7, "Arrow".
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