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, started in 2006 in the area of Tokyo, Japan, by the label Red-List Entertainment. It was only a few months before DIO’s dazzling breakthrough show at Japan Expo, Paris, France, in July 2007, and several successful international tours. 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. They came back for an ultimate revival tour in 2016.
Dio – Distraught Overlord : God Forsaken (2007):
After the break-up of DIO and the final show in 2009, MIKARU and DENKA (DIO’s drummer) gathered to create a new project, Black Line, with new members. MIKARU strayed from the dark, vampiric visual of DIO, to drift onto a new pop, glam style. He started to paint and design CD artwork. When Black Line came to an end, the roots of MIKARU’s long-prepared project, G.L.A.M.S, had already begun to grow.
MIKARU announced the birth of G.L.A.M.S in December 2013 at Black Line’s last live. 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”.
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.
They released a mini-album, Under the Moon. MIKARU performed as a solo artist in Switzerland, in March 2016, and performed as a solo artist in Poznan, Poland on October 8th, 2016. MIKARU exhibited some of his oil paintings for the first time in Poland.
G.L.A.M.S’ new album, A Queen of the Night, was produced entirely by Mikaru and released in Europe by HIGHFeeL/REALive in 2017, followed by a successful tour in EU.
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