Mitski brings a grunge infused elegance to her tracks. She blends chorale-like vocals with the low fidelity sounds of yesteryear’s rock and roll, into a musical cocktail that sounds wholly fresh.
CONVICTS recently caught up with the up and coming alt-rocker. Below, she discusses her creative process, why she’s weaning herself off the borough of Brooklyn, and her brilliantly titled third album Bury Me at Makeout Creek.
Hey Mitski. So where are you from?
Do you still live in Brooklyn?
I don’t actually live here anymore, I live upstate. I’m on tour so much that maintaining an apartment in Brooklyn when I’m not even here was hurting. I am, unfortunately, drawn here.
What continues to draw you here?
Everything is here. I grew up moving around to different countries a lot, and I feel like this place is all of those places in one place. That’s why I can’t leave, even though it’s oftentimes out of my means to live here comfortably. I can’t leave here for too long.
Did you grow up in a musical family?
That’s great. Was it a challenging decision to, as they say, follow your folly?
Objectively, if you looked at my life and how I’ve been living, you would say ‘Why are you doing this, you’re smart enough, you scored well on your SATs you could be making a better living than this. You could have a better place than this.’ It never felt like an option for me. I never felt like I was sacrificing anything – it just felt like something I needed to do. It made the hard things not so hard.
What musical mode do you generally work in – piano, or something else?
I wrote my first two records on piano. The third record Bury Me at Makeout Creek was written on guitar.
Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you sit down and write, or do you wait for inspiration, or is it some combination of the two?
What led to that change in your process?
Living in really shitty conditions in New York helped me do that. I would find like one hour out of my twenty-four hours where I could write, and have to write during that time. I used to have to be in private and have my own space and have it be really quiet. That would never happen here. It’s one of those things – you learn to adjust to your environment.