Check Out The New Single for MIYAVI, “Me and the Moonlight” Below!
MIYAVI, the multi-hyphenate music star caps off a busy 2018 with the release of Samurai Sessions Vol. 3: Worlds Collide, bowing on Universal Music on December 5. Each track on the album features a different artist laying down vocals over MIYAVI’s signature guitar sound. The stellar list of U.S.-based collaborators includes Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, Grammy nominated R&B artist Gallant, Grammy nominated Pop artist Mikky Ekko, Grammy winning producer RAC, Malaysian born R&B songstress Yuna, South Central LA rapper DUCKWRTH, “Hood EDM” rapper Bok Nero, “laptop punk” artist NVDES, and Australian born Pop artist Betty Who.
The Japanese artists featured on the album include a who’s who of chart toppers including Rock artist SHISHIDO KAVKA, Pop artist Daichi Miura, Pop artist Miliyah, rappers Kreva and AK-69, and a posthumous collaboration with iconic singer-guitarist hide (X Japan).
“The guitar isn’t very popular on the radio these days,” says MIYAVI
“For me, playing the guitar is a joyride into the future. The sounds emitted from a guitar have the ability to take the listener on a journey around the world, through time and space. As a guitarist, my goal is to infuse guitar into all genres of music”
Samurai Sessions Vol. 3: Worlds Collide is the final installment in a trilogy of collaborations albums released by MIYAVI, and for the very first time featuring U.S. artists – an unprecedented feat for a Japanese musician. The previous release in this series yielded a #1 single on the iTunes Rock charts and reached #11 on the Oricon music charts. The new album is a fitting end to a year for MIYAVI, that saw him complete his 7th world tour.
“My mission for the next generation is to help evolve the guitar in popular music” says MIYAVI. “With the recording of Samurai Sessions Vol. 3, I felt I could innovate a new sound by bringing Japanese and U.S.-based artists together on one record for the first time. Together, we created a fusion that represents the future of music to break barriers and bring cultures together. With the Internet, music has a global audience and now we are seeing the results of our musical worlds colliding.”
The first track supplied to U.S. radio titled “Me and the Moonlight” is a cinematic pop ballad sung by Yuna.
“When Miyavi reached out to me to do a song together I was so excited and kind of nervous because I’m a fan of his artistry,” recalls Yuna. “He has a unique sound so I was curious to see what we can do together! I’m so happy to have a song with him, it’s an exciting moment for us and our fans.”
MIYAVI is a musician, actor, and philanthropist, bridging cultures across the globe with his music and message. His unique style of guitar playing has taken him on 7 world tours in over 30 countries. Most recently, you can find MIYAVI as the face of Beats headphones in Japan or walking the runway for Yohji Yamamoto & Y3 at his 2018 Paris Collection. He was selected as one of faces of Moncler’s 2018 BEYOND world wide advertising campaign.
He also continues his important work as a Goodwill Ambassador to UNHCR, visiting refugee camps in Lebanon, Thailand and Bangladesh, and performing at the United Nations in New York, spreading the message of the refugee crisis around the world. MIYAVI’s acting debut in the Oscar nominated film Unbroken brought him into Hollywood. He has since appeared in the 2017 blockbuster Kong:Skull Island, the film Stray (2018), Bleach (2018) and recently wrapped production on Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent 2. Fans refer to MIYAVI as the “Samurai Guitarist.”