Kevin Johio Lucas Rehn Eires (born 12 July 1995), better known by his stage name Yohio (stylized in upper-case as YOHIO), is a Swedish singer and songwriter. He is best known for his performances as Yohio, wearing a lolita dress in previous years, with an androgynous appearance on stage. He is a former member of the Swedish rock band Seremedy, which disbanded in April 2013. Yohio has participated in Melodifestivalen both in 2013 and 2014, making it to the final on both occasions.
Family and early life
Yohio was born in Stockholm, Sweden on 12 July 1995 and is the son of Tommy Rehn of the Swedish heavy metal band Corroded, and Johanna Eires. Shortly after, his family moved to Sundsvall, where he grew up. When he was six years old he started learning to play the piano, and later learned the guitar at age eleven. He wrote his first song when he was six years old.
He is the grandson of Jan-Eric Rehn who was a guitarist in 1960s band The Panthers and the nephew of Chris Rehn of Swedish post-grunge/pop rock band Takida. Chris and Tommy Rehn were also both in the band Angtoria. Yohio speaks Japanese, after becoming interested in Japanese culture and visual kei at a young age, and also spending time in Japan on his several trips to the country performing his music.
Career in Sweden
Yohio and his band Seremedy gained some recognition in Sweden starting in 2011.The band consisted of SEIKE lead vocals, YOHIO on lead guitar, Ray on guitar, JENZiiH on bass and LINDER on drums. The band released their first ep Seasons Will Change in 2011 and their first album Welcome to our madness on July 25, 2012. The band then broke up and made a one time return for a last live and ep Re:Madness on September 20, 2014.
Yohio received special attention for wearing a dress when performing. In 2012 Yohio released his first English song as a solo performer, "Our Story". Yohio has made four music videos – for "Sky Limit", "Our Story", "Heartbreak Hotel" (his entry for Melodifestivalen 2013) and "Revolution".
In 2013, it was announced that Yohio was lending his voice to a Vocaloid voicebank within the PowerFX range that contains both an English and Japanese vocal. He provided the voicebank for YOHIOloid.
Yohio was one of the contestants in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 to be held in Malmö. His song was "Heartbreak Hotel", which he wrote along with Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson and Henrik Göranson. On 2 February, Yohio qualified for the contest final, where he, on 9 March, finished second but got the majority of the Swedish people's votes. Yohio was the Swedish spokesperson and announcer of the Swedish voting result at the 2013 Eurovision final in Malmö.
Yohio took part in the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2014 at the Malmö Arena with the song "To the End", performing first. Yohio was announced as the first act to go directly to the final at the Friends Arena on 8 March. In the final, he came in sixth place.
Yohio formed a new band that consists of Valentin on guitar, Tias on drums and former Seremedy band mate, JENZiiH on bass. They released their first single and PV Until The Fade on May 8, 2015 and released the single worldwide on August 5, 2015. The PV was directed by Die/may band member Riotcolor. This marked Yohio's return to a band and his return to singing in Japanese since Shiraha in 2015.
Yohio has mixed a song for former Seremedy band mate Seike's band Die/May single The Return, making this their first time working together since the break up of Seremedy (before the reunion in 2014) Yohio also wrote the lyrics to the song "I'm Sorry" tweeting "Writing some R&B right now for another artist. Not my territory at all, but very interesting to create. Love how you can play with vocals!" The song was sung by Oskar Bruzell.
Career in Japan
In 2012, Yohio released his first EP "Reach The Sky" in Japan. His first album, Break the Border was released in June, 2013, three months after the Swedish release. It entered the Oricon charts on one occasion, at position 285.
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|2012||Reach the Sky / リーチ・ザ・スカイ||82|
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|2014||"To the End"||38||Together We Stand Alone|
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