Versailles - Biography





Versailles was formed in Autumn 2006 by vocalist KAMIJO and guitarist HIZAKI. The lineup was joined by two members from HIZAKI grace project (bassist Jasmine You and guitarist TERU) and by drummer YUKI, who was recommended by the head of Meguro Rockmaykan.
The foundation of the band was announced at the first concert of Node of Scherzo (March 14th, 2007), though no details were given. The monicker and the members have been revealed by KAMIJO on his blog on March 30th.

Versailles' first public appearance took place at Meguro Rockmaykan on June 23rd, performing a short set and a having band showcase in front of an all-male audience. The first official concert followed at the self-sponsored live event Chateau de Versailles, held on June 24th at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM and celebrated by an instore event on the following day.

Versailles' sound has been introduced by the single The Revenant Choir (available as a CD single or DVD single), which has been sold exclusively at Versailles' first two concerts and some months after through SHOXX mailorders.
TERU was first announced as a support member due to his responsibilities toward 藍華柳 (Aikaryu). However, he became a permanent and official member right after the disbandment of 藍華柳 (Aikaryu) on July 15th 2007.

Versailles signed a contract with the German label CLJ Records for European distribution on August 30th, 2007. The first release to hit the stores is the mini-album Lyrical Sympathy (which ranked #4 on the official ORICON indies chart), followed by the DVD and perfume set Aesthetic Violence.

Versailles toured Europe for the first time in March and April 2008 having concerts in Sweden, Finland, Germany, France and Spain with 摩天楼オペラ as support act. On May 3rd 2008 Versailles played in front of nearly 30,000 people as one of the acts of the hide memorial summit, and were also invited on stage by X JAPAN during the final performance of the fest on May 4th.
On May 6th Versailles held their first, sold-out oneman concert at Daikanyama UNIT and at the end of the month debuted in the United States with two concerts in Dallas and Los Angeles.

The band activities got even more intense after the release of the first full-length album NOBLE on July and its promotion with a long summer tour.
In Winter Versailles had their first national oneman tour "CHATEAU THE VERSAILLES", closed with a sold-out concert in front of over 2,000 people at C.C. Lemon Hall on December 23 2008. At that concert Versailles announced that they were going to sign a major contract with Warner Music Japan in June 2009, after a last indies tour and five consecutive performances at Meguro Rockmaykan.