Artist Profile: Mitski

Mitski Miyawaki was born on September 27, 1990. On stage, she just goes by Mitski. Mitski is a Japanese-American singer, musician, and songwriter. Growing up, she moved around and

lived in 13 different countries before she and her family decided to stay in New York City. Unlike many stars, she didn’t start her musical endeavors early in life.

She began making music while attending the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in New York when she was 22-

years-old. Not much else is known about Miyawaki’s personal life, as she is a private person and (luckily) people have not done much to violate that.

Her break-through into the music scene began with her albums Lush (2012), Retired from Sad (2013), and New Career in Business (2013), the latter two both self-released. Miyawaki did

a quick stint as the vocalist for the band Voice Coils, while working in her fourth album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek. This album was released in November of 2014 with the help of record label Double Double Whammy. Miyawaki decided to sign with the record label Dead Oceans in December of 2015 and has produced all her albums to date with them.

Following Bury Me at Makeout Creek, she released the albums Puberty 2 in 2016 and Be the Cowboy in 2018. Miyawaki worked with Patrick Hyland on producing Puberty 2. She shared two singles from the album, “Your Best American Girl” and “Happy,” before the album dropped in June of 2016.

Mitski surprised us with Be the Cowboy, as it wasn’t announced but was made available for pre-order in May of 2018. Again, she released multiple singles before the album

was officially made public. These singles were “Geyser,” “Two Slow Dancers,” and “Nobody.” Mitski has also been included in multiple partner projects. She began by touring with the

Pixies in 2017. This was followed by her participation in a 100-song collaboration album titled Our First 100 Days. For this, she did a cover of “Fireproof” by the popular band One Direction.

The second collaboration album she participated in was called 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood, also during 2017. Her contribution to this album was a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You.” To top 2017 off, she opened for Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour at select locations.

Mitski’s most recent collaboration was with the band Xiu Xiu in 2018 for the movie How to Talk to Girls at Parties. For the soundtrack of the film, they created the song “Between the Breaths” together. Mitski has not released any new music since her latest album.

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