Shinya Yamada was born on January 13, 1970, known exclusively as Shinya - is a Japanese musician and media personality. He is best known as drummer of the rock band Luna Sea.
While attending high school, Shinya and his friend Sugizo were members of the power metal band, Pinoccio. They were then briefly in Kashmir before joining Lunacy on January 16, 1989. In 1991, they changed their name to Luna Sea and released their first album. They went on to become very successful, having sold more than 10 million certified units in Japan, and are considered one of the most influential bands in the visual kei movement.
Shinya played drums for the track "Back Line Best" on his fellow Luna Sea band-mate J's 1997 debut solo album, Pyromania. Also in 1997, Shinya started a solo career where he was vocalist and drummer, his first release was the single "Rakkasuru Taiyou" released on September 26. The single "Hyôryûsha" followed on November 21, however, since the release of his first album No Sticks in December 1997, there hasn't been any material released by his solo career.
After Luna Sea disbanded in 2000, Shinya worked as support drummer for musicians such as Miyavi, Nanase Aikawa, Maki Ohguro, Kyosuke Himuro, and numerous others.
He also occasionally teaches drums to students at the Osaka School of Music.
Around 2005, he started the band Potbelly, with a younger singer named Milky. Although, they only released the single "Crash, Crash, Crash" on August 22, 2005. In 2006 he collaborated with Fake (fellow Luna Sea member Inoran's band) for songs on their album Songs From Beelzebub. In 2006, he was live support drummer for Dead End front-man Morrie's project, Creature Creature, and teamed up with La'cryma Christi drummer Levin for several exhibitions in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Pearl Drums.
On December 24, 2007, Shinya reunited with Luna Sea to play a one-night only concert at the sold-out 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome. The band would reunite once again at the hide memorial summit on May 4, 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Shinya was support drummer for X Japan vocalist Toshi's project, Toshi with T-Earth. On August 31, 2010 he appeared with the other members of Luna Sea at a press conference in Hong Kong, where they officially announced their reunion and their 20th Anniversary World Tour “Reboot -to the New Moon”
After 13 years in 2013, LUNA SEA released a new album, A Will.