Violet UK
 
About Violet UK
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The name
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The music surfaces
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The planned album
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Yoshiki about VUK
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Latest news
Surfaced Songs
Vocalists
Musicians

 

Violet UK

The name

It's only the beginning... Yoshiki has been working on this project for over 10 years now.

The name "Violet UK" came from the idea that when you mix colors you'll end up with Violet. Indeed there are many different music genres combined. At the core of the Violet UK project is the music. It blends digital drum-loops, a touch of classical piano and strings and noise guitar. Female vocalists finish off this radical new sound.

Yoshiki added the UK to the name because all the lyrics are in English, in a later interview he said that UK means "Underground Kingdom".

Yoshiki

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The music surfaces

The first time some music of Violet UK surfaced, was when some of the songs from Violet UK were used in the 7-Eleven commercials, when 7-Eleven Japan asked Yoshiki to produce a series of TV commercials incorporating Violet UK into their corporate image for the new millennium. (Visit the download section of this site to download the commercials.)

One could get a first glance at Violet UK on December 3rd and 4th 2002, when Yoshiki gave a concert in Tokyo presenting a journey through his musical works from the past to the future previewing Violet UK.

There are also outtakes of the concert (and a brand new Violet UK song) on the "Eternal Melody 2" CD that got released on the 23rd March 2005, followed by a DVD with the complete event one week later. You can order the CD here and the DVD here. For full track listings please visit the discography section.

Violet UK

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The planned album

The album got several release dates already, but got postponed every time, due to Yoshiki being very busy and also taking a break from the project. The new official release date was on the 22nd September 2005. The same day X-Japan broke up a few years before. Everyone was waiting eagerly for this day.

But the project started different from what most people imagined. Instead of releasing a CD, Yoshiki released a test mix of "Sex And Religion" on Itunes Japan. It went straight to Number 1 of the Itunes Chats, the CD is still in it's works because Yoshiki met other interesting singers and is gathering more material for it.

According to the latest news Yoshiki sort of made a compromise with himself (being the perfectionist he is) and is nearly ready to release it.

One of the vocalists for Violet UK, Nicole Scherzinger (she sang the English version of "I'll Be Your Love") is occupied now with another project, the Pussycat Dolls.

Yoshiki

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Yoshiki about Violet UK in 2002

I have decided that this year I am going to come back to the stage with my new project called “Violet UK”. I started playing piano as a classical pianist at 4.

When I started playing the drums, I started listening to rock especially hard rock. And then I started listening to punk rock. From there to jazz music - I also play jazz piano. After that I went more into dance music, trip hop, trance music. So this is interesting me... everything.

I am trying to combine all those genres into Violet UK. I would like to create something beautiful to touch people’s hearts. A lot of times when I was depressed, music helped me. So I would like to create music that’s going to help people and fans.

Symphonic Concert

.Source: The Last Live DVD

 
Latest news about Violet UK

Despite no CD release yet, Violet UK continues to build a solid fan base and to gain recognition with it's unique sound. Featured in blockbuster movies such as "Catacombs" (the title Blue Butterfly was the main theme of this movie) in 2007, followed by the cult classic "Repo - The Genetic Opera" where Yoshiki also worked as a music executive producer.

At the X Japan concert, held in Tokyo Dome on the 30th March 2008, people were able to get a sneak peek at Yoshiki's Violet UK. Visualized with an extravagant fashion show on stage during the live concert Katie Fitzgerald performed the song "City Of Devils". She was joined on stage by household names such as Les Borland (Ex Limp Bizkit) and Richard Fortus (Ex Guns'n'Roses).
The newest Violet UK piece that surfaced is the song called "Rosa". Sung by Katie Fitzgerald, this title is the main theme of the highly appraised movie "Goemon".
In March 2011 Violet UK was once again in the headlines with a live performance at the "Asia Girls Explosion" which unveiled Yoshiki's own fashion line, "Yoshikimono". Visit the gallery to view pictures of the "Asia Girls Explosion" fashion event in Tokyo.

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