Biography

Award-winning J-Rock Band

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 BillboardHuffPostLoudwireBBC RadioKerrang! & 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 late 2020, Esprit D'Air released their single, "Leviathan", receiving support and praise from LoudwireKerrang! Radio, as well as members of The Sisters Of Mercy, and The Birthday Massacre.

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 a new song every six weeks made possible via Patreon.

AWARDS

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)

Members & Live Members

Kai

Vocals, Guitar & Producer

2010 - 2013 / 2016 - Present

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Jan-Vincent Velazco

Drums (Live Only)

2016 - Present

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Ryo

Guitar (Live Only)

2016 - Present

Yusuke

Guitar (Live Only)

2019 - Present

Takeshi

Bass (Live Only)

2019 - Present

Kazuki

Bass (Live Only)

2020 - Present

History

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! RadioHuffPost, and PowerPlay, and Neo Magazine.

In February 2018, Esprit D’Air embarked on a self-promoted 11-day headline UK & Europe tour, selling out six 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, Oceans.