Pride of mind




Data: (from "hyp No. 5") (original)
Name:春名真樹 (HARUNA Masaki)
Birth date:5/3/19secret
Birthplace:Osaka
Blood type:B
Hobbies, skills:housekeeping, distant drama
Favorite artists:Pet Shop Boys, Susumu Hirasawa, Sachiko Sakurai, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Charlie Sheen, Kaneto Shiozawa, Naomi Fujiyama, Marc Almond, etc...
Favorite tobacco and drinks:Parliament Light
wine and such
Main type of instrument used:MAXON wireless
Goal:The ideal self
Previous bands:None

Known affiliations:
Atsushi Fukuyama's previous band (name unknown) - as a keyboardist
Pride of mind (1992-1996)
Malice Mizer (2000-2001)
Solo career as "Klaha" (2002-present)

Masaki Haruna was one of the founders of Pride of mind, along with Atsushi Fukuyama. Prior to meeting Fukuyama-san (through a mutual friend), his tastes ran more toward traditional forms such as opera, classical music, and French chansons. However, his outlook was changed by Atsushi Fukuyama's music and he became keyboardist in a band with him. At that time, the two began to form the concept of Pride of mind, and eventually brought that vision to fruition. In Pride of mind, Haruna-san was the vocalist and lyricist - the capacity in which he eventually rose to fame.
Masaki left Pride of mind in 1996, with no stated intention to continue in music; little is known about the subsequent four years. However, in 2000 he resurfaced under the name "Klaha", as the session vocalist for Malice Mizer's final album, "Bara no seidou". It is believed that he was introduced to the band by means of his friendship with bassist Yu~ki. After that album and a 2-day live at the Nippon Budoukan, he became Malice Mizer's full-time vocalist; together they released the three singles "Gardenia", "Beast of Blood", and "Garnet", as well as a silent film "Bara no konrei". Klaha also appeared in several photobooks during this period. After Malice Mizer disbanded on December 11, 2001 (reportedly due to creative differences), Klaha capitalized on his newfound fame by starting a solo career. In a sharp departure from his Malice Mizer days, Klaha billed himself as a pop artist, choosing to create more light, sentimental music and dropping the elegant gothic image. His first album, "Nostal Lab", was released on December 4, 2002 (my review here); shortly thereafter, he followed it up with the single "Märchen". Both of these releases were accompanied by short live tours and instore appearances. Following "Märchen", Klaha went into seclusion for around a year, reemerging in early 2004 with his mini-album "切望" ("Setsubou"); he played one live to accompany it. As of this writing (7/25/2009), the future of Klaha's career is in doubt. After promising a return to music in 2006 and 2007, 2008 passed without any further communications. As of July 2009 his official site appears to be down.