Shinya (musician)

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This article is about the drummer of the band Dir en grey. For the drummer of the band Luna Sea, see Shinya Yamada.
Shinya at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Dec 23, 2011.jpg
Background information
Born (1978-02-24) February 24, 1978 (age 37)
Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
Genres Metal, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, record producer
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Dir En Grey, La:Sadie's, Ruby, Siva, Artificial Angel
Notable instruments
Pearl Drums, Sabian cymbals, Remo roto toms

Shinya (born February 24, 1978, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician, best known as the drummer of the metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the band since its inception in 1997 and was previously a member of La:Sadie's. Shinya has composed a handful of songs for Dir En Grey, his compositions alternating between melodic ("Hotarubi", "Fukai") and upbeat tunes ("Raison Detre", "Umbrella").



Shinya was born on February 24, 1978 in Hirakata, Osaka. In 1995 he helped form and joined La:Sadie's. La:Sadie's disbanded in 1997. Later that year, he joined Dir en grey. In 1999, Dir en grey made their major debut. He has been with the band since its inception.


CD Albums that have influenced his music:[citation needed]


Shinya is an endorser of Pearl Drums, Remo drumheads and roto toms, and Sabian cymbals. Prior to his endorsements, he used to perform on drum kits by Ludwig and Yamaha, and has used cymbals by Alchemy (a cymbal line from Istanbul Agop).

  • Drums – Pearl Masters Retrospec Maple (6-ply), White Marine Pearl w/Gold Hardware[1]
    • 16"x13" Tom (mounted on hi-hat side, used as gong drum)
    • 10"x8" Tom
    • 12"x8" Tom
    • 13"x8" Tom
    • 16"x16" Floor Tom
    • 22"x18" Bass Drum (x2)
    • 20"x14" Gong Drum
    • 14"x5.8" Free-Floating Aluminum Shell Snare (custom depth, used as main snare)
    • 14"x3.5" Free-Floating Copper Shell Snare (used as side snare)
    • 13"x6.5" Open-Floating Brass Snare (used as side snare)
  • CymbalsSabian
    • 14" AA Metal-X Hi-Hats (often uses 14" B8 Pro Rock Hi-Hats)
    • 18" AAX Chinese
    • 18" AAX O-Zone Crash (x2)
    • 12" AAX O-Zone Splash (x2)
    • 18" AAX Metal Crash (x2)
    • 12" AA Mini Chinese (x2)
    • 20" AA Metal-X Chinese (x2)
    • 21" Vault Signature Carmine Appice Definition Ride
    • 18" AA Metal-X Chinese
    • 16" AA Chinese
  • HeadsRemo
    • Toms – Emperor Coated (Batter, Rack/Floor Toms), Emperor Clear (Roto Toms), Ambassador Clear (Resonant, Rack/Floor Toms)
    • Bass Drum – Powerstroke 3 Clear (Batter), Starfire Silver (Resonant)
    • Snare – Controlled Sound Reverse Dot Coated (Batter), Ambassador Snare Side(Resonant)
    • Gong Drum – Emperor Coated (Batter)

On his previous kits, Shinya has used a mix of Clear/Coated Ambassador heads and Clear Emperor heads on his toms, Ebony Suede heads on his main snare, and Coated Ambassadors on his auxiliary snares.

  • Hardware – Pearl (Custom gold-plated)
    • Pearl Eliminator RH-2000 Remote Hi-Hat Stand
    • Pearl Eliminator P-2000C Bass Pedal (x2, often uses a P-2002C Double Bass Pedal)
    • Pearl ICON Racks and Clamps
    • Pearl 2000 Series Tom and Cymbal Holders
    • Pearl S-2000 Snare Stand
    • Pearl D1000 Roadster Throne
  • Drum Sticks – Pearl
    • Shinya Signature Model Stick: A pair of white-painted drumsticks made from hickory, measuring 14.5mm x 412mm with a ball-shaped nylon tip.


  1. ^ "Pearl Japan's Webpage on Shinya's Equipment" (in Japanese). Pearl Drums. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 

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