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{{Infobox musical artist
Name = Sugizo
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Yasuhiro Sugihara
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Ethnicity = Japanese_Chinese_German
Origin = Kanagawamarker, Japanmarker
Instrument = Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, violin, sitar, trumpet, turntable, piano
Genre = Art rock, Electronica, Psychedelic, Ambient, Techno, Trance, Avant garde, Jazz, Alternative rock, Metal
Occupation = Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Years_active = 1989–present
Label = CROSS

Associated_acts = Luna Sea, Juno Reactor, S.K.I.N., X Japan, Miyavi, Sugizo & the Spank Your Juice, The FLARE, S.T.K., SHAG, Stop Rokkasho
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, is a Japanese musician and guitarist.
Usually referred to by his stage name, Sugizo became famous in 1990s with Japanese rock band Luna Sea, with who pioneered Visual Kei movement among Japanese musicians and left significant impact on the future style of J-rock guitarists. Sugizo is inclined to experiment with many musical genres to create own, even to demonstrate his political ideas and opinions.


Early Life and Career

Brought up by classical music as his parents played in the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Sugizo began to play the violin at age three and later taught himself to play guitar and bass. In high school, he became part of a school band called Pinocchio, where he met Shinya Yamada with whom he would join the band Slaughter alongside J and Inoran. Later Ryuichi Kawamura joined them and they formed the Visual Kei rock unit "Lunacy". With J already a bass player, Sugizo switched to the electric guitar, and as Inoran preferred to play rhythm guitar, he became Lunacy's lead guitar (and invented his familiar stage name).

The five performed in Machida Playhouse and other clubs. hide discovered them and signed them to Extasy Records. The band's name was changed to "Luna Sea". In 1997 yearlong break, all members except Shinya began their solo works, while in 2000 group disbaned, and Sugizo pursued his solo career.

He has had a wide range of solo work and collaborations: Ryuichi Sakamoto's campaign "Zero Landmine," musical director for H. Art Chaos (a contemporary dance company)'s "Vertical Dream", and work with Ken Nikai as musical director and a starring role in Nikai's film Soundtrack. Sugizo released "Parallel Side of Soundtrack," a compilation album inspired by the film. He later starred in Isao Yukisada's film Rock and Roll Mission, and a television by the aforementioned Ken Nikai called "REDRUM."

Sugizo also formed a few solo project bands. His first was called SUGIZO & THE SPANK YOUR JUICE, and later he formed SHAG, a psychedelic jam band. He also released two solo singles: "SUPER LOVE" and "Dear LIFE."

In 2002, Sugizo accepted applications from new artists through his radio program on J-WAVE, whom he then produced and included on the compilation album "GLOBAL MUSIC."

In 2003, Sugizo performed at the Full Moon Festival at Kyoto's Ninnajimarker Temple. Following the release of "NO MORE MACHINEGUNS PLAY THE GUITAR," a single with an intense anti-war message, he released his second album "C:LEAR."

In 2004, Sugizo formed the acid rock band The FLARE with vocalist YUNA,a project that would last two years. Their music expressed anti-war, pro-peace values and in 2005 they performed at Earth Day Tokyo, Japan's largest event devoted to environmental and peaceful causes.

In 2007, Sugizo began a new collaboration with Toshinori Kondo and REBEL FAMILIA, the leader of the Japanese dub world. In April 2007, SHAG played the Nagisa Music Festival.

Currently Sugizo is a member of the superband called S.K.I.N,along with Gackt, Miyavi, Yoshiki, andJu-ken as supporting member.

In March 2008, Sugizo played at an X Japan reunion concert as a stand-in for Hide. In April 2008, Sugizo took part in Juno Reactor's European tour.

July 23, 2008 Sugizo released his best album commemorating his 10 year solo project, album titled Cosmoscape. Sugizo also confirmed a solo concert that will be held on December 19, 2008 in Shibuya-AXmarker.

January 15, 2009 Sugizo arrived in Hong Kong alongside the members of X Japan for the first show of X's world tour which will feature Sugizo continuing his role as a stand-in for hide as the group play in venues throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

On May 1, 2009 A recent announcement on X JAPAN's official website, as well as on SUGIZO's blog has stated that he will join the legendary rock and metal group as their formal sixth member, following several appearances as a support guitarist in the absence of late X member hide. SUGIZO will continue his role as a solo artist, as well as any future plans of LUNA SEA and Juno Reactor. Posting on his blog, he details his thoughts on joining, and why he's made the decision now, stating in an excerpt "Right now, X JAPAN requires SUGIZO as its sixth member, and I want to respectfully fulfill their needs."

Personal life

Sugizo has a daughter named Luna Artemis Sugihara born on April 27th 1996. His daughter once said she likes to be called by her middle name Artemis also known as Art.The birth of his daughter was the inspiration for him to become interested in environment issues.


While in band Luna Sea, Sugizo almost exclusively used ESP guitars and has around 16 signature models with ESP Japan and same is with electric violin. For his solo projects he often uses Fender guitars and basses.

ESP Japan collection series:
  • PR Triple and Double neck
  • DG ( 300R CTM and 280M-RV )
  • EDWARDS&GrassRoots


  • 1997: Sugizo Abstract Day
  • 2001: Sugizo & The Spank Your Juice Abstract Day 2001
  • 2008: Sugizo GIG 2008 〜Rise To Cosmic Dance〜
  • 2009: Sugizo GIG 2009 〜Next Phase of Cosmic Dance〜 (preparation)


Studio albums

  • Truth? (1997) CROSS/Polydor
  • Parallel Side of Soundtrack (2001) EAST WEST JAPAN INC/WARNER MUSIC GROUP
  • H・ART・CHAOS ~垂直の夢~ (2001)
  • Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2002) EAST WEST JAPAN INC/WARNER MUSIC GROUP
  • Silent Voice ~Acoustic Songs of Soundtrack~ (2002) EAST WEST JAPAN INC/WARNER MUSIC GROUP
  • C:LEAR (2003) Nippon Crown
  • COSMOSCAPE (2008) Universal music

Singles / Remix Maxi Single


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