We introduce to you the J-pop star Yohio, born in Sweden in 1995, a kid who can play the guitar, sing, and has been composing his own music since age 6. He also speaks fluent Japanese and dresses like a girl on stage – and makes a better looking girl than a lot of girls. The cross-dressing Yohio has, until recently, fronted the Swedish rock band Seremedy, but now has his own solo project.
Coming from a family of musicians, Yohio started playing the piano at age 6. When he was 11, he discovered the guitar and from then on it was all he wanted to play. At the age of 14, he joined the band Seremedy, which was a hit at UppCon, a big J-Pop/anime convention held in Uppsala, Sweden. Soon they were branching out, playing shows in Russia and Japan.
This type of music is referred to as visual kei, a style among Japanese musicians, represented through flamboyant costumes and hair styles, make-up, and sometimes – an androgynous look. As a musical style, it would be more like glam or metal.
If you want to see what Yohio can do, here’s the video for his new single “Reach the Sky”
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Yohio is also what they call bishounen, which means “beautiful youth” or “pretty boy”. This word implies a beauty that transcends gender.
Watch him shred guitar: