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Miyavi, born September 14, 1981 in Nishikujo, Konohana-ku, Osaka City, Japan, is a Japanese solo rock artist and former guitarist (under the name Miyabi (雅, Miyabi?)) for the visual kei indies band Dué le quartz, which disbanded in 2002. In the same year, Miyabi announced that he was going solo, changed his name to Miyavi, and released his debut album Gagaku He soon signed a contract with PS Company along with other artists such as Alice Nine, Kagrra,, Gazette, and Kra.
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In October 2004, Miyavi released his first major single Rock no gyakushuu -Superstar no jouken- (ロックの逆襲-スーパースターの条件-, Rock no gyakushuu -Superstar no jouken-?) (under Universal Records Japan) and began to credit himself in the songwriting credits in his liner notes as "Myv". His first major album, Miyavizm, was released in June 2005.
In May 2007, Miyavi announced his fourth major album--as well as his first remix album-- to be released in July. The album, titled 7 Samurai Sessions -We're Kavki Boiz-, will feature re-arrangements of his past songs and will feature a variety of instruments such as a turntable, various drums and tap dancing. The limited edition of the album will include a DVD with bonus studio recording footage. Miyavi's 7th major single (and 14th overall), a double A-side entitled Sakihokoru Hana no you ni -Neo Visualizm- / Kabuki Danshi, was released on June 20, 2007, and debuted at #4 on the Oricon Charts. Miyavi's next tour, entitled "The Beginning of NEO VISUALIZM TOUR 2007", is scheduled to start on July 16th. So far, the tour is planned for twenty venues in Japan and a stop in Korea, and will last about six weeks, with its final show on September 2nd at Shinkiba Studio Coast. The tour will also feature the creative accompaniment team of performers (now known as the "KAVKI BOIZ") seen with Miyavi during his "25 Shunen Kinen Koen Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo 5 Days -Dokuso-" concerts.