Mana (Japanese musician)
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|Also known as||Mana, Serina|
Mana is a Japanese musician and fashion designer, best known for a role as leader and guitarist of the visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. His clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, helped popularize Japan's Gothic Lolita fashion movement. Mana is currently working on his solo project Moi dix Mois.
Mana was born on March 19 in Hiroshima. At an early age, he was introduced to classical music by his parents, who were both music teachers. Mana started making music when he was in high school, inspired by Mötley Crüe. His first known band was the underground band Ves.tearge in 1986, and he later joined the punk group Girl'e, which was active from 1988 until 1990. He was known in both Ves.tearge and Girl'e as Serina, and was also a guitarist for both bands as well. He then played bass for Matenrou (摩天楼, "Skyscraper"), which was active from 1990 until 1992. After leaving Matenrou in April 1992, Mana and guitarist Közi founded Malice Mizer in August. Mana was the band's lead guitarist, chief songwriter, choreographer and overall artistic director. He also founded his own indie music label, Midi:Nette, on which most of Malice Mizer's work was released. After Malice Mizer went on an indefinite hiatus in 2001, Mana founded his solo project, Moi dix Mois. He composes all of the music, writes the lyrics, produces, directs and designs the members' stage costumes.
In 1999, Mana created his own clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, which features two lines of designs named "Elegant Gothic Lolita" and "Elegant Gothic Aristocrat". He regularly appears in the scene's top publication, the Gothic & Lolita Bible, modeling his own designs and giving updates on his various other projects.
In 2002, Mana signed the electronic visual kei duo Schwarz Stein to Midi:Nette and went on to produce for them. Despite their growing success, Schwarz Stein disbanded in March 2004, and Mana has since been looking for new bands to sign and produce.
In 2004, Mana started to branch out internationally by opening his fan club to overseas members (a rarity amongst Japanese musicians) and setting up international distribution channels for his music and fashion. He played his first concerts with Moi dix Mois outside Japan in March 2005 in Munich, Germany and Paris, France. During which he was interviewed and featured on the cover of European music magazines, such as the German goth magazine Orkus.
At the end of 2007 Moi dix Mois returned to Europe, performing in France (a DVD of the concert was released on January 30, 2008) and Germany, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Italy.
In 2012, Moi dix Mois announced their first Latin America tour titled Tetsugaku no kakera - Chapter Six ～ Latin América Tour. The band planned to visit Brasil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Later, the tour was canceled.
Mana has rarely spoken in public. In his filmed interviews, he whispers into the ear of a band member or confidante, who then relates his words back to the interviewer. He has also been known to simply look at the camera as subtitles appear, as well as using Yes/No cards and expressing himself in mime.
He has, however, spoken on a few occasions. At a 1996 Malice Mizer interview on the TV show Hot Wave, he replied with his name and his position in the band when introduced on the show. Throughout the rest of the interview, Mana whispered in Gackt's ear.
He has also offered his vocals to the song, "Kyomu no Naka de no Yuugi", though his voice was heavily distorted.
- Ves.tearge – drums (high school) (1986–1987)
- Girl'e – guitar, synthesizer as Serina (1988–1990)
- Matenrou (摩天楼) – bass (1990–1992)
- Malice Mizer – guitar, synth guitar, keyboard, programming (1992–2001)
- Moi dix Mois – guitars, programming (2002–present)
- Art Marju Duchain – guitar (1994 Visual Art Collection Vol.1 ~喜劇的晚餐~ – 1996.11.08 "Visual Art Collection" ~喜劇的晚餐~, Shibuya O-West)
- Mana's Not Dead – drums ("Dis Inferno Vol. V" at Shibuya O-East on 2007.12.26, Visual-Kei DVD Magazine Vol. 2)
- Godoy, Tiffany; Vartanian, Ivan (2007-12-01). Style deficit disorder: Harajuku street fashion, Tokyo. Chronicle Books. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-0-8118-5796-3. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Moi dix Mois to Tour South America | JaME U.S.A". Jame-world.com. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2015-06-13.