Mitski – 14 Impressive Facts You Didn’t Know
Mitski Miyawaki was originally named Mitsuki Laycock and was born in Japan on September 27th 1990. She has an American father and a Japanese mother and her first language is Japanese. Due to her father’s job at the United States Department of Trade, she moved around a lot whilst growing up. Mitski has lived in many countries including Turkey, The Democratic Republic of Congo, The Czech Republic, China and Malaysia before eventually settling in the United States.
We have found 14 impressive facts about Mitski so keep reading.
She Released Her First 2 Albums Whilst Still At College
Mitski enrolled at Hunter College to study film, but she decided to study music instead and transferred to the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. She recorded and released her first 2 albums “Lush” (2012) and “Retired from Sad, New Career in Business” (2013) which were both piano based, as student projects.
She Was A Teenager When She Wrote Her First Song
Whilst living in Turkey as a teenager Mitski wrote her first real song. It features on the album “Lush”and the title is “Bag of Bones”.
She’s A Big Fan Of Horror Films
The first horror film to really scare her was Ju-On, which was remade as The Grudge.
She Exchanged Her Keyboard For A Guitar For Easier Transportation
She said she always got glared at by other passengers on the subway when she was dragging her large keyboard around with her.
She’s Vegan, But Sometimes Eats Eggs
Mitski has said the reason she became vegan was because she has a dairy allergy. She said it was easier to go for the vegan option instead of asking about ingredients. But when she’s on tour and vegan food is difficult to find and she needs protein, she eats eggs.
She Writes Love Songs About Music
Many of Mitski’s relationship songs are actually about her relationship with music. She said “A lot of my songs are just about music and trying to pursue it, and not feeling loved by it”.
Her Mother Travelled From Congo To Japan To Bring Her Into The World
In 1990, Mitski’s parents were living in the Democratic Republic of Congo but wanted their baby to have Japanese citizenship. So her heavily pregnant mother flew to Japan to give birth and then flew back to Congo with her new born baby.
The First Time She Screamed In The Studio Was When Recording “Drunk Walk Home”
She said her first set of screams were “Pretty Tame”, which she said was because she was shy. But her recording engineer screamed as well, only better than Mitski, which woke up Mitski’s competitive nature. She out screamed the engineer for the record.
She Has A Massive Social Media Following, Even Though She’s Not Active On Social Media
All Mitski’s social media accounts are run by her social media manager. She left social media in 2019 because she said it felt unhealthy for her self-image. Yet despite this, she has a massive social media following. With more than 2.5 million TikTok videos made using her music. Even former President Barack Obama added “The Only Heartbreaker” to his list of top songs of 2021 in a tweet.
She Is An Animal Lover
Not only is Mitski vegan and has 2 pet cats, but she has said in an interview before that it would be better for animals if humans were all gone. She added not in a horrible way but because of the destruction mankind has caused to the planet.
She Regrets Using Her Real Name As A Performer
Mitski has said the music industry felt like a “super-saturated version of consumerism” and that in the industry you have to be a “product that’s being bought and sold and consumed”. She feels her name no longer belongs to her and she feels like “a foreigner” to herself.
Her Song “Francis Forever” Was Covered In An Episode Of Adventure Time
The Cartoon Network show, Adventure Time featured Mitski’s song “Francis Forever” by the character “Marceline the Vampire Queen” in a 2016 episode.
She Covered A One Direction Song
For the compilation album “Our First 100 Days” which consists of 100 songs by different artists, Mitski covered the One Direction song “Fireproof”.
She Covered A Frank Sinatra Song
For the “7-Inches For Planned Parenthood” compilation album Mitski covered Frank Sinatra’s 1951 classic “I’m a Fool to Want You”
Frequently Asked Questions
Mitski was born in Japan even though her parents were living in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the time. They wanted their child to be a Japanese citizen. So her mother flew back to Japan to give birth before flying back to Congo with her baby girl a few days later.
Mitski’s first language is Japanese. Mitski is of mixed parentage, her mother is from Japan while her father is an American.
Mitski wrote the song “Bag of Bones” which is included on the album “Lush” when she was a teenager.
The Mitski song that contains the lines “I think my heart is ready to die, I think my body is falling in pieces” is “Brand New City” from the album “Lush”.
The Mitski album that contains the track “A Horse Named Cold Air” is “Be The Cowboy” which was released in 2018.
Most of Mitski’s relationship songs are about music and her relationship to it.
The Mitski song that contains the lines “Just how many stars will I need to hang around me, to finally call it Heaven?” is “Remember My Name” which is taken from the album “Be The Cowboy” which was released in 2018.
The Frank Sinatra song that Mitski covered for the “7-Inches For Planned Parenthood” compilation album was “I’m A Fool To Want You”.
Although Mitski is vegan, she does eat eggs if there is no other form of protein available.
The Mitski song that contains the lines “Well, I’m not the moon, I’m not even a star, but awake at night I’ll be singing to the birds” is “Your Best American Girl” which was taken from the 2016 album “Puberty 2”.
The Mitski song “Brand New City” is taken from the 2012 album “Lush”.
Mitski does not hate cats, in fact, she has 2 cats as pets and loves all animals.
The other album Mitski released while still attending college apart from “Lush” was “Retired from Sad, New Career in Business”.
The former US president who included Mitski’s “The Only Heartbreaker” to his list of top songs of 2021 was Barack Obama.
Mitski is a huge fan of horror films.
Mitski was born on September 27th, which makes her star sign Libra.
The album that marked Mitski’s movement from the piano, orchestral sound to a more impulsive guitar sound was “Bury Me at Makeout Creek”, her 3rd album which was released in 2014.
The Mitski song that contains the lines “I’ve laid awake since one, and now it’s four o’clock” is “Heat Lightning” which is taken from the 2022 album “Laurel Hell”
The first single released from Mitski’s album “Puberty 2” was “Your Best American Girl”.
The type of dance theater that Mitski incorporates into her choreography is Butoh.
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