Mikaru (G.L.A.M.S) is a singer/songwriter from Tokyo, Japan, well-known for having been the leader and vocalist of the bands DIO – Distraught Overlord and Black Line. He started his multidisciplinary art project, G.L.A.M.S at the end of 2013. He’s now active as a musician (solo & band), painter, and jeweler.
Mikaru started his career as a vocalist in the VK band DIO-Distraught Overlord in 2006 with a unique visual kei style of Vampire – Gothic theme. DIO-Distraught Overlord had shows at Japan Expo, Paris France, in July 2007 and several other successful international tours.
Mikaru’s previous band, DIO-Distraught Overlord became one of the very first Japanese visual-kei bands to play all over Europe, and they were able to quickly reach a very special status among the J-Rock fans everywhere. Even now, they remain a symbol of this very active and exuberant era for Japanese music in Europe. In case you are wondering what is visual kei, “Visual Style” or “Visual System”) it is a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of varying levels of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics, similar to Western glam rock.
Mikaru announced the birth of G.L.A.M.S in December 2013 as G.L.A.M.S made their official debut as a multidisciplinary project at an art exhibition in Paris, “Paris 7 Days”, where Mikaru exhibited his paintings and sang G.L.A.M.S first single, “Under the Moon”.
Kicking off his tour 2017 with the project G.L.A.M.S, he gathered some exmembers of DIO and Black Line around Mikaru as the producer and leader,G.L.A.M.S is releasing a brand new album titled « A Queen of the Night ».
This album will be pre-released exclusively for the upcoming European Tour and available at each show. The release party will take place in Lille, France, on May 24th. Free admission!
Tour dates :
• WED May 24: Lille (FR), Album release party | Tetsuto’s birthday, DIY Cafe
• SAT May 27 KRAKOW (PL), Magnificon
• SUN May 28 BERLIN (DE), Marie-Antoinette
• THU June 1 PRAGUE (CZ), Chapeau Rouge
• FRI June 2 MUNICH (DE), Garage DeLuxe
• SAT June 3 LYON (FR), La Marquise
• SUN June 4 PARIS (FR), Le Klub
• THU June 8 POZNAN (PL), Alligator
• FRI June 9 COLOGNE (DE), MTC
• SAT June 10 DEN HAAG (NL), Animecon
• SUN June 11 LIEGE (BE), Le Garage
Tickets (Credit card / Paypal): http://highfeel.jp/events
Featuring ‘Season Tickets’including access to five shows (4 regular + 1 VIP ticket, most HIGHFeeL/REALive tours included) in a year and other benefits.
Besides Mikaru, G.L.A.M.S is composed of several ex-members of DIO and Black Line. DENKA (now called Syu) is the DJ and Drummer, while Erina (DIO) and Yudai (Black Line), are the current guitarists. The bassist, Tetsuto, is one of Mikaru’s closest friends. G.L.A.M.S performance on stage is variable, from a solo show to a full-band setup. In 2014 and 2015, G.L.A.M.S toured in Europe, while in 2016, they got their first tour in Latin America. Check out their unique combination of glam rock style and upbeat music if you are near any of their tours!
Short Q&A with Mikaru (G.L.A.M.S)
1. Could you introduce yourselves and what G.L.A.M.S stands for?
I’m Mikaru, leader and producer of G.L.A.M.S. Some said I’m a vampire as well. More seriously, G.L.A.M.S is the symbolic name of my art project. It stands for glamorous & diamond. It includes making music, performing on stage painting, design, jewelry, i would like to create a work that fascinates everyone.
2. Can you describe your band’s fashion style and your favorite fashion brands?
I think that fashion is important for expressing the view of the world of G.L.A.M.S. I’m constantly looking for cool fashion, regardless of brand. The most important thing for me is the whole silhouette. But if I dare to choose one brand, i like JULIUS’s worldview.
3. Could you tell me a little bit more about the songs that are on your new album? Which ones are your favorites?
Unlike the previous work, in the new album, all songs have different colors and landscapes.
For me, “genre” or category does not matter. I create what I like, that’s all. I’ll be pleased if you will like it.
4. What do you think of the visual kei fashion style? Is it on the decline as many J-rock bands started to tone down on the visual aspect?
I must be honest, i don’t care so much about that style (LOL). The word ‘style’ we called visual kei, I think it’s a limit to creativity to the fashion sense itself, and we must get over it. Let’s wear and create whatever we like, alright?
5. What style tip would you suggest for people who like to try out visual kei fashion?
OK let’s make a deal. I will teach you if you agree to give me 500 ml of your blood. How about it?