Takamasa Ishihara

Born: September 14, 1981
Birthplace: Konohana-ku, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Biography

Takamasa Ishihara (石原 貴雅, Ishihara Takamasa, born September 14, 1981), better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actor. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz and then as a solo artist starting in 2002. In 2007, he became a member of the rock supergroup S.K.I.N., and in 2009 founded his own company, J-Glam. He toured worldwide several times, with over two hundred shows. After becoming a father Miyavi toned down his on-stage attire. He is known for his finger-slapping style of playing a guitar.