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04 January 2010

Gothic Idols - Mana Sama



Here we are back again after the holiday break, with our beloved weekly article dedicated to special artists out there. For this week I chose model/fashion designer/musician/producer Mana Sama. Many of you might not know about who HE is. Yes..he's a HE..not a SHE..Being visually like a woman is part of his art.

Mana is a Japanese musician and fashion designer, famed for his role as a leader and guitarist of the influential visual kei band Malice Mizer. It is said that he is widely considered the figurehead of Japan's Gothic Lolita fashion movement, as he helped popularize it.



Mana was born on March 19 in Hiroshima (the year is unknown!); his real name remains unknown too despite the multiple rumours, one of them suggesting Manabu Satou. At an early age, Mana was introduced to classical music by his parents, who were both music teachers; classical music has remained an influence ever since. Mana has said that he started making music when he was in high school, at which time he listened to Mötley Crüe. Typically, Mana's compositions blend classical music (especially baroque music, featuring pipe organ and harpsichord; he also likes music by Johann Sebastian Bach) with heavy metal music, alternative rock, industrial music and other more unlikely elements such as French pop music. Famous japanese visual-kei j-rock bands he played into are Moi Dix Mois and Malice Mizer (check out the songs in the music thingy on you right! :P and I will write an article about these two bands soon!!keep in touch!!♥)




FUN FACTS:
Mana has rarely intentionally smiled or spoken in public, speculated to be because his voice sounds like an Alabama trucker (XD) . In his filmed interviews, he whispers into the ear of a band member or confidante, who then relates his words back to the interviewer. He has also been known to simply look at the camera as subtitles appear, as well as using Yes/No cards and expressing himself in mime. According to him, this is because he considers his music to be his voice, and he is shy and sees no point in communicating with people who he doesn't share interests with.



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