A visual-kei (VK) singer known for his androgynous voice and appearance, JIN is both a band vocalist as well as a YouTube singer (Youtaite) who is now active in Tokyo. JIN used to live in an igloo, had polar bears as pets and drifted on sleighs delivering tofu back in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Having his passion awakened by the dark and glamorous genre, he formed the visual-kei band eqlipsE in 2003. eqlipsE was ambitious and many thought of them as one of the most successful and iconic overseas VK band at the time, leading the biggest VK and J-rock movement in Canada. The band's first album, "reconnaissance," was released in 2006. eqlipsE also performed as the main local music guest at Anime Evolution 2006, and was featured in Japanese VK websites and magazines.
After eqlipsE disbanded in 2007, JIN remained active with other bands and was a prominent leader in the local J-rock scene, hosting J-rock shows in the following years, and appearing on the radio as well as a local magazine cover. In 2010, he started the anisong (anime songs) cover band Final aNiX, which led to a local anisong boom. The band performed at various local anime conventions and was also invited to play their first away show at Yukai Con 2011. The band went on hiatus in 2012 when he re-located to Japan in order to return to his VK roots and pursue his dreams. He briefly returned to Vancouver to play a successful show with the band at Anime Revolution 2014.
Back in 2009, JIN also started his solo activities as a Youtaite. His YouTube channel, jinxyz527 features his covers of various VK, and J-rock anime songs. His channel has about 1,000 subscribers and over 705,000 video views. Over 1,000 fans follow his music activities and cosplays on his facebook Fanpage. JIN is in the preparation stage for new band projects in Tokyo, as well as recording new covers for his YouTube channel.
Anime Convention Guest Appearances
- Naka-Kon 2015 - March 13-15, 2015 in Overland Park, KS