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Gackt
Also known as Gackt Camui, GACKT
Born July 4, 1973 (1973-07-04) (age 36)[1][fn 1]
Origin Okinawa, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, pop, rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, poet, model
Instruments Various
Years active 1995–present
Labels Nippon Crown
Associated acts Cains:Feel, Malice Mizer, S.K.I.N.
Website www.gackt.com

Gackt Camui (神威 楽斗 Kamui Gakuto?, born July 4, 1973[1][fn 1]) is a Japanese musician, composer, and lyricist, as well as a poet, author, actor, designer, and model. Usually referred to by his mononymous stage name (currently stylized as GACKT), he is known for his career as a solo artist and as the former vocalist for the now-defunct band Malice Mizer. Besides Japanese, he has performed in English, Korean, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

During his solo career, Gackt has released nine albums and 34 singles. His music has been used as theme songs for various anime, television dramas, and video games, such as New Fist of the North Star, Bujingai, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, and Kamen Rider Decade, amongst others. He co-starred and co-wrote the 2003 film Moon Child and he acted in the NHK drama Fūrin Kazan as Uesugi Kenshin.

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Biography

Early life

Gackt was born in Okinawa, Japan, on July 4, 1973. In an interview, Gackt once stated that his birth year is 1540, and that he feels he was born in the wrong time period and should have been alive during the time of samurai.[2] His father was a music teacher primarily playing the trumpet and his mother was also a teacher. According to Gackt's autobiography, he was a mischievous child and enjoyed taking risks; at age seven he nearly drowned while swimming off the coast of Okinawa. After this near-death experience, he claimed to have the ability to see and speak with deceased family members, a notion which was dismissed by his parents.[3][4] At the age of ten, Gackt 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.[5]

Gackt's musical education began at age three, when his parents initiated his classical piano education, which he grew tired of four years later. It would take another four years until his parents allowed him to quit. Gackt is known for being very competitive, and when he learned that a friend was also learning piano it led to Gackt taking up the piano again so he could be better. Having only listened to classical and enka while growing up, Gackt didn't 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 guitar.[5]

Malice Mizer

In 1995, Gackt joined Malice Mizer as the group's vocalist, lyricist and pianist. The band released several successful singles along with two albums with Gackt, entitled Voyage ~Sans Retour~ and Merveilles. At the immediate start of 1999, Gackt left Malice Mizer. Five months after Gackt's departure, Kami died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Gackt dedicated two songs to his memory ("U+K" and "Emu ~For my dear~").[citation needed]

1999-2003: Solo debut and foray into acting

Gackt launched his solo career on May 12, 1999 with the release of the EP Mizerable. Mizerable performed well on the Oricon charts, reaching second on the weekly charts. On April 26, 2000, Gackt released his debut album, Mars; the album reached number three on the Oricon weekly chart. He released three albums, Rebirth, Moon, and Crescent each year after his debut album. Gackt's music was featured as theme songs for the anime, New Fist of the North Star[6] and Texhnolyze, as well as the video game Bujingai.

In April of 2003, Gackt co-wrote and co-starred in the movie Moon Child, featuring Hyde (vocalist of L'Arc~en~Ciel) and Taiwanese-American singer Leehom Wang.[7] Later that year, Gackt published his autobiography, Jihaku, and designed two guitars, named "Mercury" and "Venus", for Caparison Guitars.[8][9]

2004-2008: Acting career and rising popularity

In Febrary 2004, Gackt released his first compilation album The Sixth Day: Single Collection, which was a collection of the singer's previous A-sides. This album was followed three months later by the release of The Seventh Night: Unplugged, another compilation album, containing the acoustic arrangements of previously released songs. The unplugged theme would be continued in the release of Gackt's sixth studio album, Love Letter in February of 2005. In 2006, his single Redemption was used as the theme song for Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (2006). He also provided voice acting, motion capturing and his likeness for the game[10].

Cover of Gackt's 2007 release "Returner ~Yami no Shūen~"

Beginning January 7, 2007, Gackt played the warlord Uesugi Kenshin in the NHK drama Fūrin Kazan.[11] Gackt's single "Returner ~Yami no Shūen~", was released on June 20, 2007, and was the first in his career (both solo and in a band) to reach the number one spot on the Japanese Oricon charts.[12] Gackt has provided the voice for Malthazar in the Japanese release of the film Arthur and the Minimoys[13] and in October 2007, his back catalog became available in the iTunes Store.

On May 21, 2008, Gackt released the documentary, Amakakeru Ryu no Gotoku, which was about his time spent making the drama, Fūrinkazan. He reprised his Furin Kazan television role of Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin at Joetsu city's Great Kenshin Festival for the second year in a row on August 23, 2008.[14]. Also in August, it was announced that Gackt would be cast in the 2010 film Bunraku, in which he would play a samurai lord.[15]

On December 19, 2008, Gackt released an album titled 0079-0088. It contains eight tracks, which had either previously been used on the soundtracks of the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movies or were covers of earlier songs from the Gundam franchise.[16] It was created as a tribute to the creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, for his birthday.[17] Gackt performed on the 58th Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the 2008 annual New Year's Eve special by NHK.[18]

2009-present: Tenth anniversary

Gackt's twenty-eighth single "Jesus" was released on November 26, 2008; it was his first single release in over a year.[19][20] On January 28. 2009, Gackt released his twenty-ninth single, "Ghost", which was the opening for the Japanese version of The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

On June 20, 2009 Gackt released his single "Koakuma Heaven", which was the first of four singles released as part of Gackt's "10 Year Anniversary Countdown," a countdown to his 10th anniversary as solo artist.[21] Each of the countdown singles were released within a week of one another. The second single was "Faraway", released June 17, followed by the third single, "Lost Angels", released June 24 and ended with "Flower", released July 1, 2009.[21]

Gackt is expected to perform the theme song for upcoming third installment in the "Samurai Warriors" series video game[22][23]. In September 2009, he performed as a representative of Japan at the Asia Song Festival.[24][25]

Other projects

S.K.I.N.

On May 25, 2007, the formation of the supergroup S.K.I.N. was announced which, including Gackt, consists of fellow pop/rock artist Miyavi, former Luna Sea guitarist Sugizo and X Japan co-founder Yoshiki. The group gave its debut performance at the Anime Expo convention in Long Beach, California on June 29, 2007[26] and plans to release an album.[27]

Gackpoid

GACKT lent his voice and stage name for the creation of the Vocaloid Kamui Gakupo (神威がくぽ?). Yamaha wanted to utilize the voice of a musician but felt it would be difficult to acquire cooperation. They consulted Dwango (new owner of Vocaloid publisher Internet Co. Ltd.), who suggested Gackt, as Gackt had previously provided his voice for Dwango's cell phone services.[28] Referred to alternately as Gakupoid or Gackupo, the most recent release includes a new program, OPUS Express, for mixing vocal parts with accompaniment and phoneme data.[29] The new software will be available for download for users with registered copies of previous Vocaloids. Besides the new program, Gackpoid will include two of Gackt's songs and three example songs.[30]

The product was originally intended to be released in June 2008, but although Gackt existed as a model for the Vocaloid, it lacked an illustrated avatar to match the previous Vocaloids. Popular manga author Kentarō Miura, famous for his dark fantasy epic Berserk, was approached. Due to Miura's affection for Nico Nico Douga, he agreed to offer his services as character designer for free. As a fan of Berserk, Gackt was more than happy with this arrangement, and requested Miura's sketches be faxed to him as well as the developers, even though he was on location for the filming of Guy Moshe's Bunraku.[31] Gackpoid was released on July 31, 2008.[30] Miura's design for Gakupo has a samurai aesthetic—the Vocaloid is clad in a hakama and haori, and carries a katana that somehow acts as a musical instrument.

Kamen Rider Decade

Cover of Gackt's "Journey through the Decade" single; the opening theme for Kamen Rider Decade

As part of both the Kamen Rider Series' Heisei period run and Gackt's solo career having their 10th anniversaries, Gackt was brought onto the 2009 edition of the Kamen Rider Series Kamen Rider Decade to perform its opening theme "Journey through the Decade", released via Avex Trax, and later released on the iTunes Store along with its promotional video. He would later perform the theme song for the film Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker titled "The Next Decade", also released from Avex Trax.[32] In addition to his performance of the theme song, he was cast in the film as Jōji Yūki, the man who transforms into Riderman, and was given a reimagined Cassette Arm as part of his costume (a redesigned Riderman was absent from the film due to time constraints).[33] He portrays the character in the promotional video for "The Next Decade". For the final film for Kamen Rider Decade Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Double & Decade: Movie Wars 2010, Gackt released the song "Stay the Ride Alive" on January 1, 2010. Along with the CD and CD+DVD releases, a limited edition "special memorial single" containing a second DVD and special booklet was also released. The theme of the first song was the "Journey" ( Tabi?), the theme of the second was the "War" ( Ikusa?), and the third's theme is "Eternity" (永遠 Eien?).[34]

GacktJob

GacktJob is Gackt's live support band. Its current lineup is as follows:

  • Yukihiro "Chachamaru" Fujimura – backing vocals, lead guitar
  • You Kurosaki – violin, guitar
  • Chirolyn - bass
  • Jun-ji - drums
  • Igao – keyboard
Support members when needed
  • Ju-ken – bass
  • Nell - bass
  • Minami - drums
Former members
  • Masa – rhythm guitar
  • Ren – bass
  • Ryu – drums
  • Toshi – drums

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • 2004: The Sixth Day: Single Collection
  • 2004: The Seventh Night: Unplugged
  • 2006: Jūnigatsu no Love Songs: Complete Box
  • 2007: 0079-0088
  • 2008: nine*nine

Concerts

  • 2000: MARS Sora Kara no Homonsha ~Kaisou~ (MARS 空からの訪問者〜回想〜)
  • 2001: Requiem et Reminiscence ~Shuuen to Seijyaku~ (Requiem et Reminiscence 〜終焉と静寂〜)
  • 2002: Kagen no Tsuki ~Seiya no Shirabe~ (下弦の⽉〜聖夜の調〜)
  • 2003: Jogen no Tsuki ~Saishusho~ (上弦の⽉〜最終章〜)
  • 2004: The Sixth Day & Seventh Night
  • 2005: Diabolos ~Aien no Shi to Seiya no Namida~ (DIABOLOS〜哀婉の詩と聖夜の涙〜)
  • 2006-2007: Gackt Training Days D.R.U.G. Party
  • 2008-2009: Requiem et Reminiscence ~Saisei to Kaikou~(Requiem et Reminiscence Ⅱ ー再生と邂逅ー)

Filmography

  • Soyokaze (2002)
  • Hero's Hero (2002)
  • Moon Child (2003)
  • Fūrin Kazan (2007)
  • Mr.Brain (2009) as Takegami Teijirou (episode 2)
  • Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker - as Jōji Yūki (2009)
  • Bunraku (2010)

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Up until 2009, Gackt joked that he was born on July 4, 1540. It wasn't until 2009 that Gackt officially revealed he was born on July 4, 1973, confirming previous off-hand references.

References

  1. ^ a b "年齢不詳のGACKT、遂に実年齢をカミングアウト「来年37歳!」 ニュース-転職・派遣・キャリアのオリコンランキング". Oricon. 2009-11-06. http://career.oricon.co.jp/news/70378/full/. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ "J-CASTニュース : 「Gackt様」オバさまに超人気 秘密は謙信「妖艶」の役柄作り". 2007-11-05. http://www.j-cast.com/2007/11/05012976.html. 
  3. ^ http://www.asiafinest.com/japanese/gackt.htm
  4. ^ http://www.tv.com/gackt-camui/person/372469/biography.html
  5. ^ a b Gackt, Camui (2003). Jihaku: Gackt. 光文社 ( Kobunsha). ISBN 4-3349-7412-0. 
  6. ^ "New Fist of the North Star credits". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367037/fullcredits. 
  7. ^ "Moon Child credits". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365514/fullcredits. 
  8. ^ "Caparison Mercury". kyowashokai.co.jp. http://www.kyowashokai.co.jp/caparison-jp/j-discon/marcury.html. 
  9. ^ "Caparison Venus". kyowashokai.co.jp. http://www.kyowashokai.co.jp/caparison-jp/j-discon/venus.html. 
  10. ^ "Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII credits and also played Genesis Rhapsodos in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII". imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0481507/fullcredits. 
  11. ^ "来年の大河ドラマ「風林火山」、主役に内野聖陽さん" (in Japanese). asashi.com. http://www.asahi.com/culture/update/0331/015.html. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  12. ^ "Oricon compliments Gackt on his first #1 single" (in Japanese). oricon.co.jp. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/rankmusic/45823. 
  13. ^ "News article on Arthur and the Minimoys involvement". tokyograph.com. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-1304. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  14. ^ "Gackt official site, english: News". http://gackt.com/english/news/newsinfomation.html. 
  15. ^ Kit, Borys. "Perlman to play gang lord in "Bunraku"". Reuters. http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN0943266520080509. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  16. ^ "Gackt to release "Gundam album"". http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-2015. 
  17. ^ "Anime News Network- Gackt x Gundam for 0079-0088". http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-11-05/gackt-gundam-songs. 
  18. ^ ""NHK reveals Kohaku lineup"". tokyograph.com. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-2188. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  19. ^ "Gackt Official Website - Jesus" (in Japanese). Dears Co.,Ltd.. http://gackt.com/japanese/page/jesus.html. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  20. ^ http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=DSCD-2
  21. ^ a b "New World in the Other Side of Heaven's Door - Gackt 10 Years Anniversary Countdown". http://gackt.com/jp/page/anniversary-singles/. 
  22. ^ "コーエー、Wii「戦国無双3」発表会を開催 宮本茂氏、GACKTさんなどスペシャルゲストが登場" (in Japanese). http://game.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20090805_307314.html. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  23. ^ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=1000648050&page=1
  24. ^ "Asia Song Festival". http://www.asf.kofice.or.kr/l_eng/05_new/index.php?sm=v&bbs_data=aWR4PTY3JnRhYmxlPSZjb2RlPWVuZ19ub3RpY2U=//. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  25. ^ "[Korea 2009 Asia Song Festival: Starring Your Favorite Groups"]. http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FU/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=789314. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  26. ^ "Anime Expo 2007 announcement". anime-expo.org. http://www.anime-expo.org/?q=story/anime_expo_2007_announces_j_rock_concert_of_the_century. 
  27. ^ "Yoshiki interview at JRock Revolution". jmusicamerica.com. http://www.jmusicamerica.com/us/article.php?id=2351. 
  28. ^ Michiko Nagai (2008-06-20). "Gackt to Sing and Kentarō Miura to Draw Gackpoid" (in Japanese). CNET Japan. http://japan.cnet.com/news/tech/story/0,2000056025,20376132,00.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  29. ^ "Kamui Gakupo, Debut At the End of July! "Gackpoid"" (in Japanese). Barks. 2008-06-20. http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000041036. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  30. ^ a b "Gackpoid" (in Japanese). Internet Co. Ltd.. 2008-06-20. http://www.ssw.co.jp/products/vocal/gackpoid/index.html. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  31. ^ "Gackpoid to be Sold in Late July; Kentarō Miura to Illustrate" (in Japanese). ITMedia. 2008-06-20. http://www.itmedia.co.jp/news/articles/0806/20/news043.html. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  32. ^ "GACKT-リリース-ORICON STYLE ミュージック". http://www.oricon.co.jp/music/release/d/825546/1/. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  33. ^ TV-Kun Magazine, August 2009
  34. ^ "GACKT : 劇場版『仮面ライダー×仮面ライダーW&ディケイド MOVIE大作戦2010』主題歌はGACKT / BARKS ニュース". http://www.barks.jp/news/?id=1000054373. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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Simple English

Gackt
Born 4 July, 1973
Origin Okinawa, Japan
Genres J-rock, J-pop, alternative rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor, model
Instruments Voice, piano, drums
Labels Nippon Crown
Associated acts Malice Mizer, Skin
Website www.gackt.com

Gackt Camui ( 神威 楽斗 Kamui Gakuto ) is a Japanese musician, songwriter and actor. Usually referred to by his stage name Gackt, he is best known for his work with Malice Mizer and his following career as a solo artist. Besides Japanese language, he has performed in English, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Biography

Early life

Gackt was born in Okinawa, Japan on 4 July. Although he claims to be born in the year 1540, there has been speculation that he was born in 1973. As the second of three children, with an older sister and a younger brother. His father and mother were music teachers who played various instruments with his father primarily playing the trumpet. According to his autobiography, he was a mischievous child and enjoyed taking risks; at age seven he nearly drowned while swimming off the coast of Okinawa. After this near-death experience, he claimed to have the ability to see and speak with the deceased, a notion which was dismissed by his parents. At the age of ten, Gackt was hospitalized with a gastrointestinal tract 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.[1]

Gackt's musical education began at age three, when his parents initiated his classical piano education, of which he grew tired four years later. It would take another four years until his parents allowed him to quit. Competition with a friend lead to Gackt taking back up the piano, and he was later encouraged to learn other various instruments, especially those used in a rock band, throughout the rest of his time in school.[1]

Malice Mizer

In 1995, Gackt joined Malice Mizer as the group's vocalist, lyricist and pianist. Fan base and record sales grew substantially over the following years. Malice Mizer released two albums with Gackt (Voyage ~Sans Retour~ and Merveilles) along with seven [[single (music}|singles]]. According to Gackt, when he began taking on more roles in the band, he was asked to leave the group.[1] However, the other members of the band say that this is not true and that Gackt simply "disappeared" after waiting for him once their break was over.[2]

Solo career

Gackt began his solo career on 12 May 1999 with the release Mizerable. Several albums, singles and videos have since followed. He has also done voice acting and motion capturing and co-wrote and co-starred in the 2003 movie Moon Child, which also stars Hyde (vocalist of L'Arc~en~Ciel) and Wang Lee Hom (Taiwanese-American actor-singer) [3]. Also in 2003, Gackt published his autobiography titled Jihaku and for Caparison Guitars, he has designed two guitars, named "Marcury" and "Venus"[4][5].

Since 7 January 2007, Gackt has been playing the warlord Uesugi Kenshin in the TV drama Fūrinkazan[6] Gackt's most recent solo release is the single "Returner ~Yami no Shuuen~", released on June 20, 2007, which was the first in the artist's career (both solo and in a band) to reach the number one spot on the Japanese Oricon charts.[7]. Gackt was also the voice actor for Malthazar in the Japanese release of the film Arthur and the Minimoys[8].

On 19 December, Gackt released an album titled 0079-0088 containing 8 tracks, which had either previously been used on the soundtracks of the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movies or were covers of earlier songs from the Gundam franchise[9]. It was created as a tribute to the creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, for his birthday[10].

Skin

On 25 May 2007, the formation of the supergroup Skin was announced, which also consists of Miyavi, Sugizo and Yoshiki. The group gave its debut performance at the Anime Expo convention in Long Beach, California on 29 June 2007[11] and plans to release an album.[12] According to a recent blog post by Miyavi, the band has already started recording.

GacktJob

GacktJob is Gackt's live support band. Its current lineup is as follows:

  • Yukihiro "Chachamaru" Fujimura–backing vocals, lead guitar
  • You–violin, guitar
  • Ju-ken–bass (currently touring with Anna Tsuchiya)
  • Nell–bass (filling in for Ju-ken)
  • Minami–drums
  • Igao–keyboard

Former members:

  • Masa–rhythm guitar
  • Ren–bass
  • Ryu–drums
  • Toshi–drums
  • Jun-Ji - drums

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