L’Arc-en-Ciel (Japan: ラルクアンシエル raruku an shieru, France: L’Arc ~ en ~ Ciel) is the name of a alternative rock band (Japanese Rock) (J-Rock) that originated in Japan and very popular in East Asia, Southeast Asia And began to market in the U.S. and Europe today.
The band title, “L’Arc-en-Ciel” is French. Means “rainbow”. L’Arc-en-Ciel has a long history since the band formed in February 1991 until the present. L’Arc-en-Ciel has all four members, including tetsu, hyde, ken and yukihiro the band members used to be all lowercase.
- TETSU (BASS)
Tetsuya (born October 3, 1969, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician, best known as the leader and bassist of the rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel. Formerly known by the stage name tetsu, on December 1, 2009 he started to use his birth name. While in L’Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as tetsuya, whereas in his solo work it is stylized as TETSUYA.
- HYDE (VOCAL)
Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人 Takarai Hideto?, born January 29, 1969 in Wakayama, Japan), known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as vocalist for the rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel, as well as for Vamps. While in L’Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as hyde, whereas in his solo work and Vamps it is stylized as HYDE.
- YUKIHIRO (DRUM)
yukihiro (November 24, 1968 in Ichikawa, Chiba Japan) is a Japanese musician, best known as drummer of the rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel. He also sings for his solo project, Acid Android. Before joining L’Arc he was in the popular visual kei bands Zi:Kill and Die in Cries.
- KEN (GUITAR)
Ken (born November 28, 1968 in Osaka, Japan) is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys (also known as S.O.A.P.) and has released a solo album entitled In Physical. While in L’Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as ken.