Yohio

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Yohio
Yohio.jpg
Yohio (2013)
Background information
Birth name Kevin Johio Lucas Rehn Eires
Also known as Yohio
Born (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 19)
Sundsvall, Sweden
Genres Rock, pop
Instruments Guitar, piano, bass
Years active 2010–present
Labels Ninetone Records (Sweden)
Universal Music Japan (Japan)
Associated acts Seremedy

Kevin Johio Lucas Rehn Eires (born 12 July 1995), better known by his stage name Yohio (stylized in upper-case as YOHIO), is a Swedish singer and songwriter. He is best known for his performances as Yohio, and usually wears a lolita dress and has an androgynous appearance on stage.[1][2][3][4] He is a former member of the Swedish rock band Seremedy, which disbanded in April 2013.[5][6][7] Yohio has participated in Melodifestivalen both in 2013 and 2014, making it to the final on both occasions. Yohio offered his voice for a new VOCALOID voice bank to PowerFX, an English Vocaloid company, and had it successfully recorded and released as YOHIOloid as a bilingual VOCALOID, singing in English and in Japanese.

Family and early life[edit]

Yohio was born and raised in Sundsvall, Sweden and is the son of Tommy Rehn of the Swedish heavy metal band Corroded, and Johanna Eires.[1] He is the grandson of Jan-Eric Rehn who was a guitarist in 1960s band The Panthers[8] and the nephew of Chris Rehn of Swedish post-grunge/pop rock band Takida. Chris and Tommy Rehn were also both in the band Angtoria. Yohio speaks Japanese, after becoming interested in Japanese culture and visual kei at a young age, and also spending time in Japan on his seven trips to the country performing his music.[9]

Career in Sweden[edit]

Yohio and his band Seremedy gained some recognition in Sweden starting in 2011 through their Japan-inspired looks. Yohio received special attention for wearing a dress when performing.[10] In 2012 Yohio released his first English song as a solo performer, "Our Story".[11] Yohio has made four music videos – for "Sky Limit", "Our Story", "Heartbreak Hotel" (his entry for Melodifestivalen 2013) and "Revolution".[12]

In 2013, it was announced that Yohio was lending his voice to a Vocaloid voicebank within the PowerFX range that contains both an English and Japanese vocal.[13]

Melodifestivalen 2013[edit]

Yohio was one of the contestants in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 to be held in Malmö. His song was "Heartbreak Hotel",[14] which he wrote along with Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Henrik Göranson.[14] On 2 February, Yohio qualified for the contest final, where he, on 9 March, finished second but got the majority of the Swedish people's votes.[15][16] Yohio was the Swedish spokesperson and announcer of the Swedish voting result at the 2013 Eurovision final in Malmö.[17]

Melodifestivalen 2014[edit]

Yohio took part in the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2014 at the Malmö Arena with the song "To the End", performing first. Yohio was announced as the first act to go directly to the final at the Friends Arena on 8 March.[18] In the final, he came in sixth place.

Career in Japan[edit]

In 2012, Yohio released his first EP "Reach The Sky" in Japan.[19] His first album, Break the Border was released in June, 2013, three months after the Swedish release. It entered the Oricon charts on one occasion, at position 285.[20]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
SWE
[21]
2013 Break the Border
  • Release date:
    • 27 March 2013 (Sweden)
      24 April 2013 (Japan)
  • Record label: Ninetone/Universal
1 Gold
Break the Border Platinum Edition
  • Release date:
    • June 2013 (Sweden)
  • Record label: Ninetone/Universal
8
2014 Together We Stand Alone
  • Release date:
    • 19 March 2014 (Sweden)
  • Record label: Ninetone/Universal
1

EPs[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
JPN
2012 Reach the Sky / リーチ・ザ・スカイ
  • Release date: 25 April 2012
82

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
SWE
[21]
2013 "Heartbreak Hotel" 8 Break the Border
2014 "To the End" 38 Together We Stand Alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shohreh Zare/TT Spektra. "Yohio bakom klänningen - Kultur & Nöje" (in Swedish). Gp.se. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Yohio bakom klänningen" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Svenska tonåringen YOHIO gör succé i Japan" (in Swedish). MyNewsdesk. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  4. ^ "'A guy wearing a dress is not a sexual thing': Yohio". The Local. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  5. ^ "Yohio is a Swedish Boy Singer that Looks like a Doll". The Suite World. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  6. ^ Mikael Tjernström. "Seremedy-gitarrist släpper soloalbum - Kultur & Nöje" (in Swedish). Dagbladet.se. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Tweet by @Seremedy". Twitter. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Anna-Karin Saad. "Hen har minglat med The Who - ST Grattar" (in Swedish). St.nu. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  9. ^ Erik Gripenholm (2012-08-28). "Det konstigaste är att jag är svensk". DN.SE. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  10. ^ Löf, Anders (4 April 2011). "De kallar oss konstiga bögar". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Yohio - japansk popstjärna från Sundsvall". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kolla in Japansuccén Yohios nya musikvideo! | Musikvideor | Musik | Nöjesbladet | Webbtv | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / YOHIO_Seremedy: I will become a new bilingual". Twitter.com. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  14. ^ a b "Yohio – Heartbreak Hotel". SVT.se. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  15. ^ "YOHIO och David Lindgren är i final i Melodifestivalen". SVT. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Emma Petersson (9 March 2013). "Robin Stjernberg är vinnaren av Melodifestivalen 2013". SVT. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Mirja Bokholm (22 April 2013). "YOHIO presenterar de svenska rösterna i Eurovision Song Contest". SVT.se. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "n: De gick vidare". Aftonbladet. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Poplight | Främsta låtarna 2012: YOHIO - SKYLiMIT | Poplight". Poplight.zitiz.se. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  20. ^ "「ブレイク・ザ・ボーダー」 YOHIO│オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  21. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Discography Yohio". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02.