Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Original source:
Translated by: VAMPS Canada ( Yumi)
“I learned what is “catchy” through working with different artists in the new album”- MIYAVI

Interviewer (I): I was wondering what the taste of the song will be when you two collaborated in the “SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2” and after I heard, it is quite a “catchy” song even compared to other songs in the album.
HYDE (H): Huhuhu.

I: You performed this new song at the last “HALLOWEEN PARTY” for the first time in public.
MIYAVI (M): I have met HYDE quite a long time ago.
H: When was that?
M: A while ago, I think it was at a TV show, wasn’t it? Oh, and you came to my birthday party too. It was my 30th birthday and a chaotic one (laugh).
H: Yeah, that’s true (laugh).
M: We sometimes met in private but it is the first time to perform together on the same stage. And “catchy” is what I learned by creating this album. Especially, I think this “All My Life” took a long process compared to the other songs. I rewrote it 3- 4 times when I wrote the riff. I felt like “I can do better than this”. So I sent a demo song to HYDE sometimes … and HYDE started saying “I would like to create a song that can be sung around a camp fire”. And I was like “What? It is not that kind of mode at all”…
H: (laugh).
M: By the way, why a camp fire??
H: Playing with only one guitar might be cool, I thought. Like when I see your CM of ‘au’, it was awesome. So it might be fresh if we perform only with your guitar and my voice…. So I thought of a campfire (laugh).
M: I forgot to tell you last show (HALLOWEEN PARTY), you don’t have any essence of character for a camp fire. So I was like “What is he talking about?” (laugh). Then I asked him “What kind of image is that?”. After that, he sent me a demo video where HYDE sang with a guitar in front of a camera… I guess if we uploaded to the You Tube, it would be a huge viewer count. But I also thought why does it need to be a video (laugh)?
H: (laugh). I thought a video might be easier to understand because you could see the chord progression.

I: I saw HYDE’s comment which is “When I sent my idea to MIYAVI, he changed it quite a lot and it became totally different (laugh)”.
H: Yeah.
M: That’s not true (laugh)!
H: When I sent the first one, he said “Cool!”, so I was just thinking he would add some decoration. But eventually, a gorgeous decoration was added (laugh). Like “Well, the chord progression still remained”.
M: The vibe and spirits remained (laugh)! However, “the catchiness” was a huge challenge for me. Because of my character, I couldn’t understand right away what is “catchy”. But then, I changed my mind, because being catchy means the sound catches the heart of many audiences, right? It means, it is what I need to do. And it is also “Rock” to challenge that. Since I was thinking about this “All My Life”, I started thinking with a Zen dialogue, what is “catchy” and fresh idea. For example, for the intro of this song, I can start the “catchy” sounds but also “MIYAVI sounds”. And I was considering what is okay for both ways, what is new, and what is “catchy”. After all, finally the idea came out like after constipation (laugh).
H: I listened to it in the middle of making process sometimes, but every time I thought “His song is reaching a perfect song”. And when I heard how he changed it from my original sounds, I thought “Oh, I also thought these parts are bit wrong, but he could see that”. After that, the sounds became clearer, and finally, I could feel “Oh, he would like to make a sound that we never heard”. He is an artist, after all. From that, I learned about his way of creating music. For me, somehow, I always think, “If the song is good, everything is fine”. Like even if the song is similar to previous songs. But his attitude is different. He tries to find a new missing piece from the song. I thought, “Oh, this is what I am missing now” and learned from him.
M: …You have so much Kansai dialect when you speak..
H:…You too (laugh).
M: It does not match your face, doesn’t it?
H: You too (laugh).

Interviewer (I): MIYAVI, you have been saying that, “I will make the world dance with my guitar”, and you two are fighting in the international music scene. I think this collaboration song “All My Life” is because the two of you have the perspective of “how music can appeal in universal level”.

MIYAVI (M): You are right. After all, my objective and mission have been clearer gradually. Like how can I break the wall of the Pacific Ocean. The sound which can not only blare out in different countries and every people can dance with my music, but also the music that can appeal to the Japanese market…I guess most of people have given up this approach because people think the market of Japanese and foreign countries are different. But I still think “Is it really different?”, “Or maybe the correct answer is because it’s different?”. Maybe it is easier for the record companies and it might help sell the CDs.

M: I believe, the responsibility of artists like us is to enlighten the audiences. More than anything, we don’t want to hear foreigners think “What? Is this the Japanese music style? Really? ”. Far from it, I would like to make them to think “Oh!! it’s awesome!”. I think it’s difficult to balance how I choose words to tell people. However, at least about the beat or my performance, I do not have either Japanese or local identity. From this view, I offered collaboration to artists who understand my view. I asked HYDE because VAMPS and L’Arc-en-Ciel have played in USA and so on…I met him recently at a studio in LA coincidentally. After that, I started to contact him.

HYDE (H): For me, I usually see MIYAVI as cool and one who tries to compete in USA. Even his family has also moved to USA. Like, I respect his attitude because it’s not usual. It is hard. After all, it is hard if you play between Japan and USA very often. Of course, Japanese artists should go abroad to perform more, but we really need the power to do so. And MIYAVI does that. I felt he is reliable by seeing his efforts. Therefore, usually I say sorry if my schedule is busy but when I got the offer, I said, “Collaboration with MIYAVI, I don’t have choice… Let’s do that if I get to play with him (laugh)”. It is an honor that he asked me. I felt “I should do something for this collaboration”.

M: Thank you so much!

I: What do you think he has that you don’t have?

H: …I don’t have anything! (laugh)
M: (laugh).
H: MIYAVI is a very good performer but also a good guitarist and cool singer…I don’t have anything. I just try to sing good though…

I: I don’t think you sing just ‘good’ (laugh).

H: Other than singing, he is just amazing! I could see he naturally has a good intuition.
M:…You make me hard to reply that (laugh). The performance in HALLOWEEN PARTY was decided naturally by HYDE. Everything he approaches is natural. I guess that’s his capacity. Definitely I don’t have that because he is like weightless.
H: (laugh).
M: Although he is like “weightless”, but he is not lazy. If you noticed, various people got involved in the show. This HALLOWEEN PARTY, there were many of his younger colleagues…because that event was held for three days, right? There were so many different people who performed and entertained the audience on the stage but it looked so natural. I don’t think I can do that. Of course, he has enough experience, but I think it is because of his character as an artist and as a man. Thus, he could build up his music career. I could see his capacity.

I: Is it like a martial artist, who usually does not take fighting position, but a natural stance is actually the best to fight?

M: Yes, he is like weightless though.
H: Yeah, maybe that’s the difference between us because I could always feel the fighting spirit from him.
M: I think not only natural, but also he does not have much tension, that’s why people are drawn to him. I have not reached that yet. His calm tension is amazing. If I do that, I think I just become lazy (laugh).

I: But you open the door with your fighting position.

H: That’s totally true.
M: Though I also think I might be able to reach the same weightless level if I have more experience. Although I performed only for a short time in this HALLOWEEN PARTY, through my collaboration with him I could see how broad his capacity is. And, it is the same as I mentioned before about ‘what works in Japan and what works abroad’. I need to work on ‘All My Life’ and my other songs in the future. HYDE has already had that part. It is huge. Because he knows what is ‘catchy’ that works for the majority. It might be expressed in his words ‘If the song is good, everything is fine’, which is the ‘catchy’ effect in ‘All My Life’ after all. Because I don’t think I could create this kind of ‘catchy’ riff if I haven’t focused on ‘catchiness’. HYDE didn’t say I should make more catchy songs and it is more like my intuition. I was like ‘Is it like this?’ ,‘Maybe its like this’, so I changed the sounds by myself.
H: (laugh). It became really interesting gradually, so I was amazed.

I: MIYAVI, you used to answer the interview of 『ROCKIN'ON JAPAN』as: “Usually, if Japanese musicians try to compete in USA music industry, it is like they try to play baseball with Kendo’s rule”.

M: Yeah, I mean it is like Japanese baseball player who tries to hit the ball using a Kendo stick. If the batter tries to hit the pitcher using a fencing stick, the batter will be out, right? Japanese music is like this. Some people who love ‘Japanese music’ will listen but not others. We cannot even listen through the radio.
H: They don’t need new music from abroad, because they already have enough music in USA itself.

I: In this case, HYDE is a unique case as he tries with the same baseball rule in USA.

H: However, I also know it should not be too straightforward. It is the difficult part.

I: But you try to throw a ball with a change of speed, with proper rules and manners.

M: If the batter tries to hit the pitcher, it will not be a game, right? (laugh). If you want to play music sustainably, you have to follow the rules in the game. And then, you can think about how to play. You might choose a ball with different speed or maybe hits like Ichiro Suzuki. I think this is a similar idea to what I thought. There are many power sluggers, but Japanese try to hit and actually produce the result. That’s what Japanese is good at. And as artists, we should learn about it.

I: Okay, last question, you created a new collaboration song, “All My Life” together, but if you have another chance to do that again, what kind of song would you like to create?

H: After all, I would like a song for the campfire…

I: That’s an important part (laugh).

M: But if we play acoustic, we can play ‘All My Life’ in a camp fire.
H: Really? Then let’s do the camp fire (laugh).

Photo credits to the owners
Special Thanks for the translations to VAMPS CANADA  

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


MIYAVI - The first step towards “DAY 2” through collaboration with fabulous artists.
MIYAVI released his new album [SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2] on November 8 th . A sequel to the “battle-style collaboration album” concept which was released in 2012, [SAMURAI SESSIONS Vol.1], in this album, one can enjoy a great diversity of artist collaboration including Daichi Miura, SKY-HI, EXILE SHOKICHI (EXILE, EXILE THE SECOND), VERBAL (m-flo、PKCZ®), Masato (coldrain), CHANMINA,
KenKen (LIFE IS GROOVE, RIZE, Dragon Ash), HYDE (L'Arc-en- Ciel, VAMPS) and Che’Nelle.
Having reached his 15 th debut anniversary, MIYAVI describes this work as the start of a new phase in his career. This time on Natalie Music, MIYAVI has not only commented on all the songs of this album, we also got him to speak at length on his ambitions for this new phase he calls “DAY 2”.
There’ll be surprising news in his statements too so do pay attention.

Interview/Article: Masaki Uchida 
Photography: Taichi Nishimaki
ENGLISH translation: Nicki A./uchiakebanashi

Exploding feelings of wanting to sing and cry out through the guitar
- Let’s start by telling us what motivated you to produce the second volume of [SAMURAI
M: After releasing my previous work, the original album titled [Fire Bird], the feeling of “I want to sing, I want to cry out through my guitar” got stronger and stronger that I felt it exploding. It’s like I’ve acquired wings, and gained the confidence that “With this, I can already fly”. As a guitarist, from
now on, how do I want to go about creating? In that sense, just as I established in my 15 th anniversary best record, [ALL TIME BEST “DAY 2”], “DAY 0” were my indie days up til before I debuted as a solo artist and started my independent management. “DAY 1” is when I’ve become independent, changed labels, met BOBO (drummer), included “Slap” and establish my style as a guitarist. And now [SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2] is probably my recognition of the start of my new phase as a musician thus being the start of “DAY 2”.

- Personally, are you able to grasp the changes between yourself in “DAY 1” phase and the you
who is heading towards “DAY 2”?
M: I guess the first change is in identity. Firstly, after I met the magnificent drummer known as BOBO, my identity as a guitarist became stronger. I learned so much from my sessions spent with him to the point that my sense of rhythm and beat went through a complete change. Moreover, after
meeting Lenny (Skolnik) and while collaborating with him, this time it was my melody representation
that changed. Not only did he remind me on the importance of capturing people’s heart, he also
reminded me on the importance of being catchy. If the rhythm is the vertical axis then the melody is
the horizontal axis or perhaps I should say for example, even in contrast with the length of one note
or the tone, a new identity will grow. It is so to speak, a sensation that is close to “Singing through a
guitar”. That had a big influence on [Fire Bird] and [Live to Die Another Day -存在証明-]. Oh, and
actually before [SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2], an American version has already been made.

- Hmm? An American version, meaning?
M: In short, it’s a [SAMURAI SESSIONS] with American singers. I still can’t talk about the details but we might be able to release it in the near future.

- Oooh, that’s something to look forward to!
M: This year we’ve already done the band tour for my 15 th Anniversary, [Neo Tokyo 15] but since I want to deliver a work for my Japanese fans as soon as possible, we decided to first release [SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2].

- I see. This time, compared to [vol.1]’s head-on- head sword-fighting battle feel, [vol. 2] gives a
stronger collaborative vibe. Even based on that, all of the compositions give the impression of
being considerably dyed with the color of MIYAVI.
M: Yes, that’s right. Honestly, it’s a fact that after including my signature tone and getting the
confidence to dye my own colors, my motivation for [vol.2] increased too. The intense battle feel
that was born in each session of [vol.1] were compiled successfully thanks to Seiji Kameda’s
producing skills. This time around, majority of the tracks were produced in Los Angeles by Lenny and other creators (※MIYAVI is currently based in Los Angeles). This becomes a point of difference from [vol.1] in the sense of production style as well as having the privilege of having the collaborating artists as the main vocals.

- For this work, other than Lenny, Jonny Litten’s name has been credited a lot.
M: Jonny’s not only the DJ who was on tour with me in Europe, he’s also the sound manipulating beat-maker. Lenny puts together the fundamental composition and Jonny’s part is to fine tune all that.

- When I saw you at an event the other day, I was impressed when the MC said “No matter how
many rounds you play the guitar, it’s super exciting”. I thought that it must be great to have
those words said to you even now.
M: That was certainly huge. Well, I’m sure that no matter what we choose to continue doing, there’ll be hard times but I think it’s a happy thing. I played soccer as a kid and suffered a setback then due to
an injury but I was able to change myself thanks to my encounter with the guitar. Then I got to sing
songs, appear in movies, and get invited for fashion photo shoots. It’s all great. But even so, from
“DAY 2” onwards, I’d like to return to and spread my dream and message of “Making the people of
the world dance with my guitar”. Of course, while showing respect to those before me, I’d like to
create guitar music that is unlike any other. I want to feel the beat with my audience. Naturally, I’ll
be singing too but at times, if I got vocals other than mine to sing, I would be able to play the guitar
even more freely on stage. [Vol. 2] is so to speak, a strengthening program for this kind of format.

Daichi Miura is an amazing hard worker
- So, from here on we’ll be discussing on the songs’ production. We’ll quickly hear about them.
First up is [Dancing With My Fingers / MIYAVI vs Daichi Miura]. This song’s music video was
directed by Takashi Miike, the director of “Blade of the Immortal”, whom you’ve worked with
for the film, right?
M: For the shooting, even though I went straight to the studio as soon as I landed from Los Angeles, I
was so fired up by Daichi’s dance that I gave my all doing my steps and as expected, I was tired out

- His dancing is a given thing and it’s a bit late to say this but, Miura is really good at singing too.
M: Yup. And he even sings while dancing. He really is an amazing hard worker. That’s why this time
around, I really wanted him and requested him to join. Originally, we knew each other through Seiji
Kameda and while he’s not the secret guest for this track, Kameda played the bass for this song.

- The 2 nd song is [Gemstone / MIYAVI vs SKY-HI]. You met SKY-HI through a radio show, right?
M: Yes. And it’s been quite a while since we first met. He is now a solo rapper and working really hard. I wanted to show this hard-working figure to the young kids of today, especially to those whose
dreams and future are still vague and make a song that says “It’s okay to be this way”. Although this
song was used as music for the live stage, “Tokyo Tribe”, it’s been consciously incorporated with
burning energy, some variety of impatience and a street vibe.

- The 3 rd song is [Fight Club / MIYAVI vs EXILE SHOKICHI]. What is your connection with
M: When I was invited to AbemaTV’s program, [BPM~BEST PEOPLE's MUSIC], we performed his song together. He is a very pure and passionate man. EXILE has a somewhat “male aesthetics” kind of image. That’s why I wanted to make (the song) with a vibe like the movie “Fight Club”, something like a “NO WOMEN ALLOWED” kind of image or a fighting in a ring kinda feel. Actually, at completion, he wrote more than twice the amount of lyrics but we had to cut some out. We sure had to deal with a lot of calories.

- The 4 th song is [Banzai Song / MIYAVI vs VERBAL (m-flo / PKCZ®)]. It’s been a while since your last pleasure-seeking song, right?
M: What’s more, it can be sung in karaoke and parties, a song that would never have been born from
my experience alone (laughs). The track is made up of composition that was put together by Luke
(Valentine) from VERBAL’s team, which was then pulled down with my guitar. VERBAL is someone who has strong global sensitivities. Even domestically, he knows what will work and what will not. Because it’s him that “Banzai” and “Kanpai” can be expressed artfully. Having a balance of taste for overseas and having a presence nationwide, I really respect that. Personally, I think he’s the nextgeneration Tamori* (laughs).
*Tamori is a Japanese TV celebrity

How established is Japan’s Hip Hop identity?
- The 5 th song is [Bumps In The Night / MIYAVI vs Masato (coldrain)]
M:The bassist, RxYxO, is a freaking pain in the ass (laughs), but the band is, in a good way, amazingly
intense. Originally, this song was meant to be the theme song for “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” (An original drama by Amazon Prime). The song has a somewhat poisonous and degenerate aspect and it
seemed to fit with Masato’s voice and image so, I offered him the song. I‘d love to play this song live

- The 6 th song is [No Thanks Ya / MIYAVI vs CHANMINA]. Female rapper, CHANMINA is currently 18 years old and is hot stuff. Not only her songs, when I looked at her Wikipedia page, I found it really funny that, it says her nickname is “Nerima’s Beyonce”.
M:If I had to choose, I’d say she’s Nicki Minaj though (laughs). She is, well, really cheeky and brazen (laughs). But inside, she’s actually a very sweet girl. She was in the ‘Battle of the Bands’ done during [NEO TOKYO 15], she’s fresh and a wonderful existence. This might be selfish of me to say but I have high hopes for her.

- Be it SKY-HI or CHANMINA, what kind of impression does MIYAVI hold about Japan’s current
hip hop?
M: think that a lot is changing. Then, there’s this firm identity and originality when it comes to words, probably on how to sublimate them. In America there’s Kendrick Lamar and the A$AP family and the new hip hop is rising as a whole. Previously, at a Beats and Balmain party, Migos was playing and Chance the Rapper also came. I really like G-EAZY, I even went to greet him. On how the Japanese would like to establish their hip hop identity, I myself think it has a pretty deep meaning. That’s because this fight is not only a fight with one’s self but it has a mutual element as well.

- The 7 th song is [Flashback / MIYAVI vs KenKen (LIE IS GROOVE, RIZE, Dragon Ash). It’s a
collaboration with KenKen.
M: Actually, about this song, we both entered the studio when there wasn’t even lyrics yet. After goingthrough several trial and errors, in the end I received everything we made and we decided I’d make a dish out of it. Which is why it’s not a genuine jam session and I might have done KenKen some wrong with this. He might have even thought “This is what it became?!” when he listened to the final product (laughs). But since we are both similar in the feel of our play and he left me a lot of good takes, while arranging (the song), the image for the song immediately appeared. It’s just that, earlier there was the matter of an anime theme song and I was inspired by that worldview when making this song. This song and [All My Life / MIYAVI vs HYDE] were the two songs that took the most time to complete.

A song collaboration with HYDE [Something you can sing around a campfire]
- Next is about that song, [All My Life / MIYAVI vs HYDE]. The comment we received from HYDE
for this song is “Once I sent him my ideas, he quickly arranges them. I’m probably out of
samples now (laughs)”.
M: Yes, I totally smashed them (laughs). To start with, HYDE had strong feelings of “If we’re gonna do it, let it be a song that can be sung around a campfire. A pop and catchy one would be great!”.

- It would be kinda interesting to have MIYAVI and HYDE sit around a campfire singing in real
life (laughs).
M: Right? (laughs) So then I said “Then, if you could please send me any kind of image”, and he sent me a video with a demo of him singing along to his own accompaniment. Then from there, I meddled
with it in various ways, from front to back. There’s probably 5 completed versions of the guitar riffs. I also played the bass, made a futuristic and even a glamorous pop version. It could even be sung at a
campfire if done in acoustic (laughs). Speaking off which, I created this song with the image of
people singing it in karaoke in mind. This might just be the first time I’ve done so (laughs). It’s really
catchy and by the time you realize it, it’s playing in your head. Even for me, it’s become one of my
favorite songs. Once again, I’ve learned that being catchy will reach out to a lot of people.

- The 9 th song is [Forget You / MIYAVI vs Che’Nelle].
M: Che’Nelle is actually my neighbor in Los Angeles. I have two daughters so, sometimes we watch
Disney movies together. At a certain age, girls will start dreaming and I wanted to make a bright song
that’ll move girls’ hearts and I got the opportunity to offer Che’Nelle the song. She has a different
stance from other idols. She carries a worldview where girls can naturally empathize with others.
She’s not Ariana Grande but I believe that in Japan, she is an outstanding singer. Besides, her singing
is outstandingly good. If anyone from Disney could give this song a listen and please use it for
anything (laughs).

- Lastly, [Slap It / MIYAVI vs雅-MIYAVI- ]. Basically, it’s a plot where you have a session with
yourself with a previous name.
M: Personally, I included this song as a bonus track. This concept of me squaring-off with my past self was actually not my idea but was something Lenny was super-duper obsessed with and had pushed for (laughs). Lately, if I’d have to say, my slap ratio has definitely reduced and the idea is to have my current and progressing self to battle it off with my past self through slap. This way, it’d be like I’m not alone. It’s actually fun once I started doing it (laughs).

From here on out is once again, total war
- “Long Nights” is going to be a limited edition bonus track but hasn’t it already been included in
your previous work, “Fire Bird”?
M: I forcibly pushed it right before it was completed. As I’ve talked about before with Natalie, I got to work with the people of UNHCR, an organization under the United Nations known as the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This song was created right after I got back from my work
with them in Lebanon. In the “Fire Bird” version, I am the one singing but I’ve originally wanted to
feature someone in it. Last year I saw the movie “Sonita” and was inspired by it and got to offer
Sonita, who is the movie’s main character, to sing in it. I heard that the movie has been showing in
Japan since October. By all means, do go and see it.

- “Sonita” is a documentary about Sonita, and Afghan refugee who escaped from the Taliban to
Iran, where women are forbidden from singing. In the movie we see her receive counseling
and advice as an illegal immigrant at an institution while also chasing her dream of being a
rapper. Was she extremely surprised by the offer?
M: Well, yeah she was definitely shocked (laughs). She’s an Afghan girl who immigrated to Iran and
with the movie being the impetus, she received a scholarship to study in a university in Utah, US.
She’s currently studying in the U.S. I got her to fly to Los Angeles for the recording. The other day we performed at a United Nations event and she was actually supposed to go to a film festival in
Toronto but due to the effects of Trump’s presidential decree, it seems that she couldn’t get her visa
approved. It’s a movie that leaves a powerful impact in many ways. It’s also something I’d like the
Japanese people to know about, and would like them to check it out.

- With this, we’ve heard about all the tracks. It seems that in the 4 years since “雅-MIYAVI- “
became “MIYAVI”, a lot has happened and there’s also been several changes. In [SAMURAI
SESSIONS vol. 2], we can say that as a result, it’s an album that showcases the splendid growth
of MIYAVI’s self-production skills and arrangement ability.
M: Thank you very much. While I did gain a lot of things but at the same time it became clear to me
that I really don’t need the things that are unnecessary anymore. This is in a sense, also the start of
“DAY 2”. I might have talked about this previously but even when faced with a bullet shot from a
tank, I’ll always use a katana to cut through. But even if I luckily manage to cut through several shots
or even a tank, in the end, they’re all limited battles.

- That’s somehow like Goemon Ishikawa from “Lupin III” (laughs).
M: Moreover, after that when I turn to look back, behind me there’s a swarm of tens of millions of tanks in reserve (laughs). It’s really not about winning or losing but I think in other words, it’s comparable to my idea of “making the world dance through my guitar”. What should I do to cross that? Of course, I’m always giving it my best but from here on out, I plan to once again face this all-out war.

- I see. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of outcome will show and what maps will be
drawn until your 20 th anniversary.
M: My winter Japan tour – “DAY 2 Begins” will become another new challenge for me and I’m thrilled to see what kind of scenery “DAY 2” will bring about. By all means, I’d like everyone to come and experience it too.

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*special thanks for the vast translation work to Nicki A./uchiakebanashi 

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Translation by comyv FebeGrata

MIYAVI did a collaboration for his second album with 9 wonderful musicians, EXILE SHOKICHI, KenKen, Chanmina, HYDE, etc.
MIYAVI exceeds his genre, career, and crossed his boundaries by announcing his new album which unfolds “serious” collaboration with artists called “SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2”. This album will be released on November 8th.
Nine artists who took part of this album are EXILE SHOKICHI, KenKen (LIFE IS GROOVE, RIZE, Dragon Ash), シェネル (Che’Nelle), SKY-HI, ちゃんみな (Chanmina), HYDE, VERBAL (m-flo/PKCZ®), Masato (coldrain), and Miura Daichi. As for Miura Daichi, he appeared at MIYAVI 15th Anniversary Live “NEO TOKYO 15” final tour, June 29th,   performed their new song together.

Regarding SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2, MIYAVI commented, “As a continuation for Samurai Session, I collaborated with amazing singers and artists. Honestly, I am thrilled for this new born chemistry.”

Furthermore, after album release, MIYAVI will starts his “SAMURAI SESSIONS vol.2 release party. "Day 2 Begins" Tour in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.

Artists’ comments:

To be invited by the one who I respect most, MIYAVI, is truly blessing, my tension is high!! When I first visited his studio and the moment I heard MIYAVI’s solo, I was shaken!! Also, when my topline is done, I felt like just made a brand new creation, my own music is growing more and more. It was a fun session. I am very thankful!!

KenKen (LIFE IS GROOVE, RIZE, Dragon Ash)
I just realized, I’ve been friend with him for so long. For a musician, to have a friend to encourage each other is one of the blessing. Let’s do this a lot more!! Let’s fill the world with encouragement.

I was so happy to be able to make something with the one and only MIYAVI. I wanted to make a song that reach people’s sympathy and at the same time just like in the club, catchy. I think I made it! I would be happy if everyone all over the world enjoy the song. MIYAVI, thank you for inviting me! I am happy because you let me took a part in your art!

The first time I met him, it was a free-style session at the radio. Even now I still remember it like I just did that session yesterday, the unstoppable adrenalin, caught in the sensation, I felt like I could go anywhere. After that, the Samurai I would like to collaborate with was MIYAVI.
I feel proud from the bottom of my heart because just like the last free-style session, we did not strike each other but more like fighting side by side together! This song will be one precious song in my entire career. I’m looking forward to the day I could exchange swords with you again.

ちゃんみな (Chanmina)
MIYAVI approached me like a brother and it was fun, and an easy thing to do. I think I was able to make a song with mutual respect toward each other. Because he made “Pain” as a theme, the composition was made based on my own “Pain”.

If I made a song with him, I want it to be a song which everyone can sing to. I sent him my idea and he rapidly arranged it, and it was almost no pattern to it (laugh). I feel like he is a real artist who is searching for art. I must learn from him ~

A person who always give 1000% passion to his work and fun time, MIYAVI! Because previously I wanted to make a song, several studio sessions with him were unexpectedly very creative, thanks to him a very fun and cool song was created! I’m looking forward to his album!

Masato ( Coldrain )
“I challenge artist who think that music doesn’t need vocalist by my voice”, this kind of challenge is not good.
My small wish MIYAVI x MASATO, which appeared when we did a stage together, finally came true. I want to do it again ASAP. I’m greedy bout this. Please invite me again!!

Miura Daichi
When I first received the demo called “Dancing With My Fingers”, the moment I listened to it, there is such a feeling that this song would be the best song, only the two of us can make. When I sing while dancing with MIYAVI at live concert or TV Show, I have fun. Finally, when the two of us made an original song, I am happy. Thank you for inviting me. I hope this song can reach a lot of people’s heart.



Dancing With My Fingers / MIYAVI vs 三浦大知

Gemstone / MIYAVI vs SKY-HI


Banzai Song / MIYAVI vs VERBAL (m-flo/PKCZ(R))

Bumps In The Night / MIYAVI vs Masato (coldrain)

No Thanks Ya / MIYAVI vs ちゃんみな

Flashback / MIYAVI vs KenKen (LIFE IS GROOVE, RIZE, Dragon Ash)

All My Life / MIYAVI vs HYDE

Forget You / MIYAVI vs シェネル

Slap It / MIYAVI vs 雅-MIYAVI-

[DVD] 「Dancing With My Fingers」MIYAVI vs Miura Daichi Music Video
[DVD] 「MIYAVI 15th Anniversary Live"NEO TOKYO 15"」 5 songs LIVE
[DVD] 「MIYAVI 15th Anniversary Live"NEO TOKYO 15"」 Documentary

The Album will be sold in Regular Edition ( CD) and Limited Edition ( CD + DVD)
Info about International and digital release TBA
You can pre-order the album from outside Japan with sites like CD JAPAN/ AMAZON JP / YES ASIA 



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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

[LYRICS] MIYAVI-GUARD YOU DAY2MIX (english translation)


 A clear blue sky
A desert city
The usual view
And the scent of the room, before dawn
You're still sleeping In order to not wake you up
I quietly open the door and I go, I go

 is falling down 

This is the way to guard you
To be far away from you
I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
'Cause I'll protect you from here

Time goes by
Today the sun is going down again
Every time I close my eyes
I dream of those days 
When morning comes again
They quickly fade away
But I won't let go of that warmth

is falling down

This is the way to guard you
 To be far away from you
I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
 'Cause I'll protect you from here

 Till the next spring comes again

Even though the world is so sunny
I wonder why my tears won't stop If we look up, the sky is the same blue
It's always wrapping us

 If I close my eyes, the us of those days are here


Aoku hareta sora
Daremo inai machi
Minareta keshiki to
Yoake mae, heya no nioi
Mada nemuru kimi wo
Okoshite shimawanai you ni
Sotto doa wo ake I go, I go

is falling down 

This is the way to guard you
To be far away from you
 I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
Koko kara kimi wo mamoru kara

Toki wa sugi
Kyou mo, mata hi ga kureteku
Me wo tsumuru tabi
 Ano koro no yume wo miru nda
 Mata asa ga kureba
Sugu ni kiete shimau keredo
Nukumori dake wa I won't let go

is falling down

This is the way to guard you
 To be far away from you
I'll do anything to take away the pain that harms you
 Koko kara kimi wo mamoru kara

 Mata tsugi no haru ga kuru made

 Konna ni mo, sekai wa hareteru noni
Nande daro, namida ga tomaranai ya
Miagereba, sora wa onaji ao de Itsudemo, bokura wo tsutsunde kureru

Me wo tojireba, ano koro no bokura ga iru

LYRICS:MIYAVI・Dan Priddy・日本語詞:MIYAVI・Kenn Kato