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Also known as KARYU, Yoshitaka
Born December 7
Yamaguchi, Japan
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals, drums, theremin
Years active 1997-present
Associated acts D'espairsRay, Angelo, Luv Parade, Dieur Mind

Karyu (カリュウ, born in Yamaguchi, Japan) is a Japanese visual kei rock musician, best known as the guitarist and main composer for the now disbanded D'espairsRay.[1] He is now in Angelo, which he joined in 2011.[2]


Early life[edit]

During middle school Karyu's father gave him an electric guitar and taught him how to play; this was the start of his interest in music. While in high school he started to search for band mates, and eventually formed the short lived Dieur Mind.[1] They performed Boøwy covers, until recording their demo tape "Message". But by then Karyu, who at the time went by the name Yoshitaka, was threatening to disband. On Dieur Mind's last tour Karyu randomly met Zero and his band at that time. After dining together they had found they shared the same goals. Later Karyu went and saw Le'Viel, Hizumi and Tsukasa's band. Karyu was so impressed by their performance that he asked Hizumi to join him, but he declined until Le'Viel had broken up. Karyu finally met Tsukasa after Hizumi suggested him for the band. Eventually, Karyu called Zero, Hizumi, and Tsukasa one day to record a demo tape; that being the birth of D'espairsRay.[1]

Post D'espairsRay; Luv Parade and Angelo[edit]

After D'espairsRay disbanded on June 15, 2011, Karyu along with Zero and Tsukasa, participated in Luv Parade, a live session band, with defspiral singer Taka.

In August 2011, it was announced that Karyu, and Giru (ex:Vidoll), had joined Kirito, Kohta and Takeo (all three ex:Pierrot) in Angelo.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Biography Special: D'espairsRay - Part 3". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Karyu (ex-D'espairsRay) and Giru (ex-Vidoll) to Join Angelo". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 

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