MIYAVI, a solo artist/guitarist from Japan. He is gaining recognition around the world for his unconventional style of playing the electric guitar, not with a pick, but with his fingers and his original 'slap style' which is like no other. MIYAVI has 3 successful world tours under his belt, which totals over 200 shows in 30 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His long-awaited 4th world tour is set to start from February 2014. In the recent years, MIYAVI has gathered attention from other artists and creators in the field and has produced music for television commercials. He has also been featured in songs with Tomoyasu Hotei, Maki Nomiya and Good Charlotte, rapidly spreading his circle of activities. In 2013 MIYAVI entered a new phase by releasing a single "Ahead Of The Light", which features his 'slap guitar' with the strong beats of electro/dance music. His self-titled album "MIYAVI" released in June 2013 in Japan, is now being released in Asian countries and will make its debut in February 2014 in the European countries, followed by North American territories. Consistently aiming for the next level on a worldwide basis, people call him the "SAMURAI GUITARIST."
This instrumental band was formed in February of 2000 in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, MONO has quickly piqued interests in both audience and critics alike by staging overwhelming, emotionally splendid, atmospheric performances. In September of 2000, MONO released a 4-song EP called Hey, You. EP, released on Forty-4 Records, which received exceptional reviews in both Japan and the US. In March 2001, MONO performed at SXSW, broadening their fan base. In December 2001, the band’s long-awaited debut full-length album, Under the Pipal Tree, was released on John Zorn’s TZADIK imprint. The album was well received by a variety of influential underground media outlets...
O.A.R. first began to develop their unique sound in drummer Chris Culos’s basement while in high school in Rockville, Maryland. The band released their first album, The Wanderer, prior to graduating and stayed together throughout college with all members attending The Ohio State University. Recording two additional albums before leaving Columbus, the band began pursuing their musical dreams full time in the summer of 2001. By the end of 2008, the band had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs.
To date O.A.R. has sold more than 1.7 Million albums and 1.5 Million concert tickets, including two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. With the release of their sixth studio album, All Sides, O.A.R. reached several career milestones. The album was their highest debut to date, landing at #13 on the Billboard 200, and the album’s first single, “Shattered,” was the band’s first single to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and spent fifteen weeks on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown. O.A.R. continues to tour throughout the country and they are currently finishing up the recording of their seventh studio album.