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Kaya (迦夜) is a Japanese visual kei musician, who is a vocalist of the electro/dark wave duo Schwarz Stein,[1] and also Meties and Isola under the alias of Hime. Kaya is also known for his androgynous female appearance and elegant dresses.

Kaya
Kaya (迦夜, Japanese visual kei musician) in Anime Expo 2013.jpg
Kaya at Anime Expo, 2013
Background information
Also known asHime
Born (1980-07-17) July 17, 1980 (age 38)
OriginTokushima Prefecture, Japan
GenresElectronica, synthpop, dark wave, electronic rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Instrumentsvocals, piano, keyboards
LabelsTraumerei Inc.
Associated actsSchwarz Stein, Another Cell, Meties, Isola, Femme Fatale
Websitekaya-rose.com

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CareerEdit

In 1997, Kaya debuted as the vocalist of the visual kei band Meties, before later joining Isola. When Isola disbanded in 2001, Kaya became the vocalist for the darkwave duo Schwarz Stein, produced by Mana and signed to his label Midi:Nette. He also has been a solo artist since 2006, and in 2008 he made a major solo debut with the single "Chocolat". Originally on Mana's record label, Midi:Nette, Kaya later signed to Next Music Inc.,[2] and the label's name was changed to Next Media Communications Inc. The label however went bankrupt in the summer of 2009[3] resulting in Kaya having to go back to an indie label.[4] On July 13, 2016, he held a special 10th anniversary performance at Shinjuku ReNY, titled "The Birth of DIVA", with Kamijo as a special guest.[1][5] Meties was revived for one-night only as part of the celebrations. In 2017 Schwarz Stein released a 15th anniversary album of their greatest hits.[6]

InfluencesEdit

Kaya covered Laputa's song "揺れながら… (Yurenagara...)" on the compilation album "CRUSH!-90’s V-Rock best hit cover songs-", and have had a friendly relationship with ex-members of Laputa.[7][8]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Glitter (27 December 2006)
  • Hyakki Yagyou (11 July 2007)
  • Glitter (Best of Indies) (16 July 2008)
  • Kaya Meikyoku Series 1: BonJour! Chanson (18 February 2009)
  • Queen (20 April 2011)
  • Glitter (3rd press) (12 December 2012)
  • Gothic (4 December 2013)
  • DRESS (23 June 2019)

SinglesEdit

  • "Kaleidoscope" (28 June 2006)
  • "Masquerade" (6 September 2006)
  • "Ouka Ryouran" (4 April 2007)
  • "Carmilla" (31 October 2007)
  • "Chocolat" (23 April 2008)
  • "Last Snow" (24 December 2008)
  • "Ophelia" (22 July 2009)
  • "Kaya Remix vol.1 K" (27 December 2009)
  • "Awilda" (28 July 2010)
  • "Madame Rosa no Shoukan" (22 December 2010)
  • "Vampire Requiem" (25 January 2012)
  • "Salome" (20 June 2012)
  • "Nocturne" (12 December 2012)
  • "Taboo" (31 July 2013)
  • "Perfana" (19 October 2016)
  • "Yumeji" (8 March 2017)
  • "FABULOUS" (1 April 2018)
  • "Monday Monday" (18 July 2018)[9]

with Node of ScherzoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kaya、NHK「バナナ♪ゼロミュージック」に再び登場". BARKS (in Japanese). June 26, 2016. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2018 – via Yahoo! Japan.
  2. ^ "Update Info". Next Music. Archived from the original on May 10, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Lee, Shichi M. (August 23, 2009). "Next Media Communications, inc goes bankrupt" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on Jun 27, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "現代に舞い降りた魔女Kaya、ニューシングル「Perfana」のビジュアル&MV SPOTが解禁". BARKS (in Japanese). October 4, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kaya、ニューシングル三部作第一弾を今秋リリース決定". BARKS (in Japanese). July 14, 2016. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2018 – via Yahoo! Japan.
  6. ^ "ゴシックユニット・Schwarz Stein、11月にベストアルバム発売". BARKS (in Japanese). July 10, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "大ヒットV-ROCKカヴァー・コンピ『CRUSH!』第3弾発売決定!今作限りのスペシャル・コラボも実現" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. ^ "V-ROCKカヴァーコンピの本家! 「CRUSH!-90's V-Rock best hit cover songs-」第3弾発売大決定!!!! 今作限りのスペシャルコラボも実現!!!!!!" (in Japanese). universal music. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  9. ^ "Kaya、衝撃の新ヴィジュアルは夏仕様" (in Japanese). BARKS. 2018-06-22. Retrieved 2018-09-09.

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