Hold on to your sexual insecurity! Yohio is the lead guitarist of the Swedish visual kei band Seremedy. He’s now pursuing a solo career in Japan and is doing pretty well. I really like SKY☆LiMiT. It’s a good mix of pop and rock performed in Japanese by a Swedish guy wearing a lolita dress. What’s not to like? There’s even growling .
I saw Yohio in a Swedish newspaper not long ago. Then I watched some TV interviews. Apparently he’s going to compete in the song contest where the winner gets to represent Sweden in the Eurovision song contest. He won’t be singing in Japanese, though. Unfortuntaly. Would’ve been cool and different.
I almost saw Seremedy once, but I think I was out of town when they played here.
Yohio will be releasing his first full-length solo album this spring and I heard that it will be released in English in the EU and in Japanese in Japan. I definitely prefer the sound of the Japanse lyrics. There are certain word combinations in English lyrics that I just can’t stand any more. I realize that the Japanese lyrics are pretty run of the mill too, but they’re fine by me .
The Japanese mini-album Reach the Sky is pretty good over all.
If you’re interested in watching an interview with Yohio, you can check out the video below from the show Skavlan. If you don’t know Swedish and Norwegian you can enable English subtitles by clicking the closed caption/subtitle button. There are Swedish subtitles in the background for the Norwegian parts, so the English subs are easier to see if you activate the background colour (press “B”).