Takamasa Ishihara better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz under the name Miyabi. He toned down his on-stage attire for his solo career which started in 2004 and has since toured worldwide several times. In 2007, he became a member of the supergroup S.K.I.N., and in 2009 founded his own company J-Glam Inc.. On October 12, 2013, Miyavi's website announced news of the artist branching out into professional acting with his success in being chosen to play the role of Mutsuhiro Watanabe in Angelina Jolie's upcoming directorial debut, Unbroken. This announcement was then reported the next day on Miyavi's official Facebook page on October 13, 2013.