Hyde (born January 29, 1969 in Wakayama , Wakayama prefecture as Hideto Takarai ( 寶 井 秀 人 , Takarai Hideto )) is the singer of the well-known Japanese pop / rock group L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel and has also been a solo singer since October 2001. In 2001 he founded his own record label Haunted Records . In 2008 he also formed the rock band VAMPS together with KAZ, the guitarist of the Japanese band Oblivion Dust .
Hyde was born an only child on January 29, 1969 in Wakayama. He kept his real name a secret for a long time, but it was rumored that his name was Hideto Takarai. This was confirmed in his 2012 biography The Hyde .
He played guitar in the band Jerusalem's Rod until 1991, when he was approached by Tetsu, who was looking for a singer for L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel. After some hesitation, always of the opinion that the role of the singer was boring, he joined the band. L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel toured the clubs of Osaka with their new singer Hyde and quickly became known in their homeland.
In 1994 they were discovered by Sony Records and received a record deal. After a few teething problems and the drug scandal of drummer Sakura (with whom Hyde is still close friends) in 1997, the band made the breakthrough.
Hyde met model Megumi Ooishi on a Japanese television show in 1998. He married her on December 25, 2000 and became a father on November 11, 2003. Since Hyde keeps his private life a secret, it was not known for a long time whether his child was a boy or a girl. In the meantime, Ooishi has confirmed in an interview that it is a boy.
During L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel's two-year hiatus, Hyde worked on his solo career. In 2002 his first album Roentgen was released , which contained relatively calm and melodic songs. This was followed in 2003 by the album 666 , which was comparatively rock . Incidentally, the name of the album is not an allusion to Satan, but a play on words: the Japanese pronunciation of 666 is the same as that of rock-rock-rock , i.e. roku-roku-roku . In April 2006 his third album Faith was released, which unites religious and anti-war themes. This was published in Germany in autumn 2006. On June 12, 2008, he released their first single Love Addict with the band VAMPS .
Hyde made his film debut at the side of the singer Gackt in 2003 . In Moon Child he played the vampire Kei, who wants to put an end to his life until he meets the young Sho and stands by him. He also had a role as Adam in the 2004 film Kagen no Tsuki , which is based on the manga In the Last Quarter of the Moon by Ai Yazawa .
Discography (as a solo artist)
For the albums and singles that Hyde has released with L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel, see → here .
- Roentgen (2002)
- Roentgen (English version, 2002)
- 666 (2003)
- Roentgen.ENGLISH (English version in Japan, 2004)
- 666 (European press, 2005)
- FAITH (2006)
- FAITH (European press , 2006)
- HYDE (2009)
- Best Of (European press from HYDE , 2009)
- Anti (2019)
- Evergreen (2001)
- Angel's Tale (2001)
- Shallow Sleep (2002)
- Hello (2003)
- Horizon (2003)
- Countdown (2005)
- Season's Call (theme song for the anime Blood + , 2006)
- Who's Gonna Save Us (2018)
- After Light (2018)
- Red Swan (2018)
- Fake Divine (2018)
- Zipang (2019)
- Mad Qualia (2019)
- Moon Child (2003)
- Kagen no Tsuki - Last Quarter (2004)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||HYDE; 寶 井 秀 人 (real name); Takarai Hideto (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Japanese singer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||29th January 1969|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wakayama , Wakayama Prefecture|