|Birth name||Kevin Johio Lucas Rehn Eires|
|Also known as||Yohio|
12 July 1995 |
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, bass|
|Labels||Ninetone Records (Sweden)
Universal Music Japan (Japan)
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. He is a former member of the Swedish rock band Seremedy, which disbanded in April 2013. 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
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. He is the grandson of Jan-Eric Rehn who was a guitarist in 1960s band The Panthers 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.
Career in Sweden
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. In 2012 Yohio released his first English song as a solo performer, "Our Story". Yohio has made four music videos – for "Sky Limit", "Our Story", "Heartbreak Hotel" (his entry for Melodifestivalen 2013) and "Revolution".
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", which he wrote along with Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Henrik Göranson. 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. Yohio was the Swedish spokesperson and announcer of the Swedish voting result at the 2013 Eurovision final in Malmö.
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. In the final, he came in sixth place.
Career in Japan
In 2012, Yohio released his first EP "Reach The Sky" in Japan. 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.
|2013||Break the Border
|Break the Border Platinum Edition
|2014||Together We Stand Alone
|2012||Reach the Sky / リーチ・ザ・スカイ
|2013||"Heartbreak Hotel"||8||Break the Border|
|2014||"To the End"||38||Together We Stand Alone|
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