AsiaLive365 gets personal with Japanese Breakfast Michelle Zauner, as she reveals the story behind the name Japanese Breakfast, the connection between her tattoos and music, and many more.
Michelle Zauner namely, Japanese Breakfast a Korean-American indie rock singer/songwriter known for her debut ‘Psychopomp’ and ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ album. Her songs are mostly related to opening up to the outside world after being wrapped up in your head for an extended period of time. Zauner translated the feeling of loss and displacement in various situations making ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ a captivating album.
Today AsiaLive365 is here to get personal with Japanese Breakfast. See below for Interview.
AsiaLive365: I was wondering what is the story behind the name Japanese Breakfast?
It’s not too interesting. It was 2013 and I needed a moniker for some scrappy solo songs I wanted to put out. I liked the way Japanese Breakfast sounded, it made me think of something pleasant and sort of odd.
AsiaLive365: I think it’s great that you’ve referenced food and culture together as a name title. So what is your ideal dish to eat for Breakfast?
My ideal breakfast is kimchi stew, and white rice with a poached egg and sesame oil on top.
AsiaLive365: You said that the song Everybody Wants to Love you was written for a girl. Did you receive a lot of responses from the LGBTQ fans after you tweeted that?
Haha, that was awhile ago. Honestly I don’t remember. I think some people were happy to know.
AsiaLive365: Is there any connection between any of your tattoos and music? If so could you tell us about one that is most prominent to you?
I have a self-portrait of Leonard Cohen on my arm. I got it shortly after seeing him live at Madison Square Garden with my friend who bought a tote bag that had the illustration. That was one of the most memorable concerts of my life. I’ve always really admired Leonard Cohen, particularly his lyrics.
AsiaLive365:. If you can collaborate with anyone who would it be?
I’d love to work with The 1975 or Alex G.
AsiaLive365: Where would be your ideal place to perform? Or if you can create your own festival, how would it be?
Honestly, I’m running out of ideal places to perform! We’ve gotten lucky and had the opportunity to play at a lot of amazing places. It’s boring but at this point I’m honestly fine just playing in a nice sounding room with bands I love. A lot of times sound is not so great outside, and that’s the most important thing!
AsiaLive365: Any movies (Sci-fi or any other films) you’d like your song(s) to be in?
I love the show Westworld! I’m not sure if my music would really fit in Westworld but it’s probably my favorite sci-fi show that exists right now.
AsiaLive365: Anything you’d like to say to your fans in Asia Right now?
We can’t wait to see you! I hope you will come to our shows so we can keep touring Asia <3
Japanese Breakfast – “Boyish”
Japanese Breakfast Asia Tour 2019:
May 13 – Esplanade Annexe Studio, Singapore
May 15 – Rossi Musik, Jakarta, Indonesia
May 16 – Rockademy, Bangkok, Thailand
May 18 – Rest Is Noise Festival, Manila, Philippines
May 22 – WWW X – Tokyo, Japan
May 24 – The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan
May 27 – Hongdae MUV Hall, Seoul, Korea
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