I was very dissatisfied with that post because there is, somehow, so much more to this entire story. I’ve been thinking about writing ‘The Complete Great Swedish and Finnish Visual Kei Timeline’ for a long time now. There are is so much under the surface, and it is kind of a part of the whole wave of visual kei in the west. The only issue in such an undertaking is that these dudes have effectively purged their social medias dozens of times over. If I remember correctly, Yohio’s present feed ends somewhere in 2018, which is when he managed to pick himself up from his prior meltdown and restart KEIOS’ activities.
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Seike is also a master of bridge burner and a queen of PR. When Yohio blew up during his Eurovision gig it became apparent that the sinking ship of Seremedy was about to be a guitarist short, Seike went to the tabloids, accusing Yohio being a hypocritical, fan fucking alcoholic who just cast his boys aside. Unfortunately now you can only find this article Ex-kollegans attack mot Yohio: ”Får känslan av att han på allvar tror att han har gjort allting helt själv” | Aftonbladet which does not have the whole story. Naturally, Seike’s original blogpost has been purged and Seremedy made up for a last live. Later Kerbera was invited to Keiosfest and the Keios label itself, before they were mysteriously dropped. That may have not necessarily been Yohio’s doing, as Seike behavior got him kicked out of DIEMAY, a band he was involved with that was based in Finland. He’s in general a massive drama queen who recently accused Yohio of stealing a line from his inactive flop fashion label. Kerbera has also since disbanded, presumably because he didn’t get along with the rest of the members after their tour van died during the US tour with ACME, which is also another fantastic story involving ripping off fans in the middle of the Arizona desert, and asking parents to bail out your shitty band, as is the Scandinavian custom. These days Seike is doing surprisingly decent work in Ex-Bataar members’ project ‘SPOEKE’
One other interesting Yohio tidbit are his philanthropic ventures, where he has recruits some random dudes to join his label until he just drops them without a word.
The first one was Oskar Bruzell, who Yohio even took along with him for a TV appearance.
Naturally the music was horrific and it didn’t lead to anything. Since then Oskar tried his hand in rapping also leading to nothing, but now appears to be a member of the Swedish Moderates political party.
He also started a girl group called ‘Lovelipop’ whose flopping left a crater-sized mark into the earth’s crust. It was basically a Jpop girl group, and it was announced with a song, member photos and a introduction video. A signing session was announced to have taken place in Stockholm, but literally nobody came, no one. The writing was probably in the air after that and the project was disbanded without any formal announcement.
Since then, some of the girls released a song outside of KEIOS under the name ‘LVLUP’, and one of them became a moderately successful YouTuber specialising in Kpop covers.
A more recent signee is a French person living Japan who does modeling for a living like all 6/10 westeners in Japan. Yohio was feeling extremely active during the early period of the most recent Keios revival and Mitsugi put out something like six fucking singles in rapid succession, one of which involving a PV where the hero is lusting after a girl who is literally his sister (no, I’m serious.) Recently it looks like this venture has already been done and dusted, but Mitsugi still nonetheless has Keios on his twitter bio.
As far as the Finnish visual kei saga, this isn’t all that interesting. The main projects were Karmia and Jenlayn, later known as INSHADE, that had a good start performing at anime conventions, warming up for visiting vkei acts and battle of the bands type of events. Eventually both either disband or start leaking members and numerous projects form out of these two lineups, but hardly any of these manage to put out music consistently, other than Karmia, that looked to have lost interest in vk a long time before disbanding. Another project was a later The GazettE influenced Desier that was surprisingly not terrible, and one of their members (or was it two even I don’t remember) went on to join DIEMAY officially after Seike was booted out. The Finnish bands aside from DIEMAY and Desier didn’t in all honesty seem to have that much interest in vk. They were in it because a member or two liked X, and the gigs at animecons and as Satsuki’s warm up act were too good to pass up. Some of the later Karmia stuff is like… Worth experiencing. It’s so bad
Obviously there are a lot more to all these stories, Bataar’s Endigo experiment and the complete Yohio timeline for example, but I just felt like people might be interested in some of this. Unfortunately I think if no one collects all the stuff that’s left on their SNS and in peoples immediate memories, a lot of this info will disappear and we’ll lose important parts of the whole, comprehensive story about visual kei in Scandinavia. It isn’t going to come back, and I think Yohio’s career is on its last legs as well, so this was a historical epoch I was glad to have been around while we still had it!