Starting in March 2020, Yoshiki – Life of a Japanese Rock Star
YOSHIKI was hand-picked by YouTube Originals as part of a select group of internationally-renowned artists such as Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, BTS, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Mark Ronson, Dwayne Johnson,and Taylor Swift. The six-episode series marks the first documentary program from a Japanese artist to be featured on YouTube Originals.
YOSHIKI -Life of a Japanese Rock Star follows YOSHIKI’s many facets as a composer, rock drummer, classical pianist, and fashion designer and approaches the sometimes challenging behind-the-scenes reality of when music and passion intersect. YOSHIKI -Life of a Japanese Rock Star – offers a glimpse into the life of an artist who is active on the global stage. YOSHIKI commented that he hopes to inspire viewers as much as possible by discussing “why I became a musician, why I continue to be active, why I continue to exist”.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13, YOSHIKI appeared as the surprise guest at YouTube’s Brandcast Japan 2019,hosted by Google at the Ry?goku Kokugikan, and it was announced that all six episodes of YOSHIKI’s documentary program YOSHIKI – Life of a Japanese Rock Star – will be available for streaming on YouTube Originals starting March 2020.
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YOSHIKI -Life of a Japanese Rock Star will be streamed on YOSHIKI Channel International.
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YOSHIKI was named by Consequence of Soundas “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” and is described by Billboard Magazineas “prolific” and “a musical innovator”. He received the Asian Icon Award from UK’s Classic Rock Magazineand in 2017 was chosen to be the first-ever Japanese man on the Vogue Japancover.
In 2013, YOSHIKI released his classical solo album, Yoshiki Classical, which included works co-produced by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries, and featured performances by YOSHIKI as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014, Yoshiki performed his first Yoshiki Classical World Tour, with sold-out shows in 10 countries.
In 2018, Yoshiki composed the theme song “Red Swan” for the Attack on Titananime series, one of the most popular animations in the world, and the track reached #1 on iTunes Rock charts in 14 countries. The same year, YOSHIKI performed his sold-out classical concert series Yoshiki Classical 2018 at Tokyo International Forum with guest performer Sarah Brightman.
The special-edition digital single of Sarah Brightman’s performance of “Miracle” – composed by YOSHIKI – was released worldwide in 2018 and ranked in the Top 10 iTunes Classical Music charts in 15 countries.
YOSHIKI is currently composing music for xXx 4, the next film in the blockbuster franchise starring Vin Diesel.