Gackt Camui , better known by his stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He has been active since 1993, first as the frontman of the shortlived independent band CainsFeel, and then for the now defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, before starting his solo career in 1999. He has released nine studio albums and, with fortysix singles released, holds the male soloist record for most top ten consecutive singles in Japanese music history. His single Returner , released on June 20, 2007, was his first single to reach the number one spot on the Oricon charts. He became the first Japanese artist to release his music catalog on iTunes in October 2007.

Gackt was born on July 4, 1973, the second of three children in a Ryukyuan family, in Okinawa, Japan. His father was a music teacher, who primarily played the trumpet, and his mother was also a teacher. Gackt has an older sister and a younger brother. Because of his fathers job, he lived in many different cities in addition to Okinawa Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Shiga, Osaka, and Kyoto. Gackts musical education began at age three, when his parents initiated his classical piano education. He grew tired of the piano at age seven when he entered elementary school, and because of moving had to change teachers. It would take another four years until his parents allowed him to quit lessons. Since his father played the trumpet, Gackt was also familiar with brass instruments. He has credited the classical pianist and composer Frdric Chopin with being the one who taught me the beauty, depth, fun, sadness, kindness of music that music could grant people courage, and the meaning of the layers of sound. I

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