Japanese rock star Yoshiki thought his band, X Japan, was over for good.
After two band members died and a third left to join a religious cult, X Japan disbanded in 1997. Future plans for tours and albums were cancelled.
Yoshiki had to figure out what was next. But he kept returning to the question, "Why am I here?"
Ultimately, the question made him realize that music was more than a gig or a way to make money. And it was that realization that inspired him to take his work more seriously.
"Now I'm pretty clear," he says. "I'm here to create the music. That's my mission for this life."