Reformed in 2016, Esprit D'Air is a Japanese electronic rock/metal solo project led by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Kai.
As featured on Billboard, HuffPost, Loudwire, BBC Radio, Kerrang! & Louder, their sound is unique and fresh, bringing together hard-hitting aggression with melodic vocals and electronic synthesizers.
In 2018, Esprit D'Air won 'Best Metal Album' at The Independent Music Awards in New York, for the release of their debut album, Constellations, judged by an esteemed panel featuring Slayer, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Sepultura & more.
Kai is not seeking a major record label but instead, follows a strong DIY ethos and produces everything himself to be as self-sufficient as possible. Consequently, they record and produce their own releases in their own home recording studio.
In February 2021, Esprit D'Air released their 10th Anniversary Live album. In March, they released their explosive cover of X JAPAN's Kurenai and is now releasing "Nebulae" on April 30th, 2021, with new songs to follow every six weeks.
- 2012: JpopAsia – "Best J-Rock Single" (Nominee) – Shizuku
- 2017: Neo Awards – "Best Musical Act" (Nominee)
- 2018: Independent Music Awards – "Best Metal Album" (Winner) – Constellations
- 2019: Neo Awards (sponsored by SEGA) – "Best Musical Act" (4th place)
During the brief start between 2010-2013 touring across Europe, the band received began receiving recognition as the first band in the ‘J-rock’ genre to be playable in the video game, Rock Band 3.
In 2016, Esprit D’Air reformed as Kai’s solo project, and releasing their comeback single, ‘Rebirth’, which exclusively featured on JROCK NEWS, alongside a release show in UK and France.
In 2017, the band closely followed up with single, ‘Guiding Light’, which later premiered on TeamRock (now known as Louder, the home of Classic Rock and Metal Hammer) and featured as one of the 50 best rock songs of 2017 by TeamRock Radio. In summer 2017, Esprit D’Air released their studio album, Constellations, peaking at #3 on Amazon’s best-seller in the hard rock/metal category and secured features on Kerrang! Radio, HuffPost, and PowerPlay, and Neo Magazine.
In February 2018, Esprit D’Air embarked on a self-promoted 7-day headline UK tour, selling out three of the shows, including a date at the world-famous The Underworld Camden in London. The band is currently working on their second studio album and successfully extended their Constellations Tour across Europe.
The award-winning album
As featured in HuffPost, TeamRock and NEO Magazine, ‘Constellations’ is the award-winning album by Esprit D’Air. The digital version contains eight tracks, including ‘Ignition’, ‘Rebirth’ and ‘Guiding Light’ and is currently available to purchase on iTunes and Google Play. The CD version contains eight tracks plus three bonus tracks exclusively available on the CD only and can be purchased online and in retail stores.
- Winner of the Best Metal/Hardcore Album at The Independent Music Awards
- Featured on HuffPost, TeamRock, NEO Magazine and more
- Peaked at #3 Amazon Best-Selling Hard Rock & Metal Album
- Peaked at #8 Amazon Best-Selling Rock Album