Miki Berenyi live
|Birth name||Miki Berenyi|
18 March 1967 |
London, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Alternative rock, shoegazing|
Miki Berenyi (born 18 March 1967) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist of mixed Japanese and Hungarian parentage. Her mother, Yasuko Nagazumi was a Japanese actress who played minor roles in the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice and in TV-series Space: 1999. Berenyi was the singer and guitarist in the alternative rock band Lush.
At the age of 14, Berenyi met her friend and future bandmate, Emma Anderson. They became interested in music and together wrote a music fanzine Alphabet Soup (which only lasted for five issues). Berenyi first played bass with the band, The Bugs, and later went on to play with Lillies. "In 1988, Berenyi studied English literature at the North London Polytechnic, where she met drummer Chris Acland, bassist Steve Rippon, and singer Meriel Barham. Along with Anderson, they decided to form their own band. When Meriel Barham left, "the remaining members of Lush placed ads in local papers looking for Barham's replacement, but they couldn't find the singer they wanted, and Berenyi took over the vocals".
After Lush split, Berenyi appeared on The Rentals 1999 album Seven More Minutes. She also contributed vocals to a remix of a Flat 7 track by Robin Guthrie (who also produced Lush's early work), and appeared on the debut album of Eric Matthews's Seinking Ships, Museum Quality Capture, released in 2010.
When asked if she missed anything about her time in Lush, she stated, "I miss the excitement and energy of playing live and the camaraderie of touring—being with the band and crew in a foreign country is like going on holiday with your mates but even more fun because it’s free." "I enjoyed being in the band immensely, I’m glad I did it."
She currently works for a magazine as a sub-editor and no longer performs, explaining "I was never a proper guitarist—only in the context of Lush. I played the guitar to write songs on and to play live."
- Lorraine Carpenter (1 October 2007). "Miki Berenyi: Lush's Former Singer Reminisces on Britpop". UnderTheRadarMag.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Aston, Martin (2013). Facing the Wrong Way: The Story of 4AD. The Friday Project.
- Berenyi's 1994 Lush Guitar Rig. GuitarGeek.Com