Japanese Breakfast is the alias of singer and songwriter Michelle Zauner. Featuring a dreamy, lo-fi, synth-heavy sound that creates a magical atmosphere at her live performances, Japanese Breakfast is best classified as experimental indie pop and rock. Her act is part of the trend of DIY music that has arisen in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Though Michelle Zauner is Korean-American, she chose the name Japanese Breakfast because of her close association with Japanese culture while growing up, partly due to the total absence of Korean pop culture in the United States. As she explains, it is about finding an identity in a hybrid culture.
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Before she created the concept of Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner was involved with a small college band called Post Post while a student at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Her first real experience in the music business, however, was with the Philadelphia-based emo band Little Big League, which released two full-length studio albums:
These Are Good People
in 2013 and
in 2014. The band also released a digital album called
. It recorded and released a short song every day of the month as a way to flex its creative muscles. After departing the band due to the failing health of her mother, Zauner embarked on a solo project named Japanese Breakfast, partly out of a desire to create more urgent, meaningful songs. The result of this project was her full-length debut album
, released through Yellow K and Dead Oceans in 2016. The next year, she released a follow-up album called
Soft Sounds from Another Planet
. With its more refined, sophisticated and sometimes melancholic sound, the album reached No. 9 on the US Heatseekers chart and No. 18 on the US independent chart. In 2019, Japanese Breakfast recorded the single Essentially for a collection of tracks by W Records, the record label of W Hotels. Zauner is particularly prolific on the festival circuit. She drew effusive praise with her cover of the Wilco song Jesus, Etc. at
2019 in Grant Park, Chicago. Japanese Breakfast had previously played at the
Austin City Limits Festival
in October 2018 and the
Panorama NYC Music Festival
Where can I buy Japanese Breakfast tickets?
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Is Japanese Breakfast touring in 2019?
Japanese Breakfast is planning to tour in Europe and North America in 2019. Some of her stops include the
arts festival in Port Townsend, Washington, the
Pygmalion Music Festival
in Urbana, Illinois, the
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience
in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Halifax Pop Explosion in Halifax, Canada.
What is Japanese Breakfast's tour setlist like?
Japanese Breakfast plays some of the project's best known songs, including Essentially, 12 Steps, In Heaven, The Woman That Loves You, Road Head, Heft, 2042, The Body Is a Blade, In Hell, Til Death, This House, Triple 7, Everybody Wants to Love You, Diving Woman and Machinist. Japanese Breakfast also performs covers of Boyish by her former band Little Big League and Jesus, Etc. by Wilco. The exact setlist may be slightly different for every concert.
What can I expect from a Japanese Breakfast concert?
Japanese Breakfast concerts evoke the same dreamy indie rock vibe for which she's known. While Zauner takes lead vocals and guitar, she is accompanied by a full backup band on guitar, keyboard and drums.
How long is a Japanese Breakfast concert?
A typical concert may last up to an hour, depending on the nature of the event.
Which artists are similar to Japanese Breakfast?
Fans of Japanese Breakfast might want to check out the independent dream pop band