Mira Aroyo

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Mira Aroyo
Mira looking out from the stage at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2008
Mira Aroyo at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2008
Background information
Born 1977 (age 36–37)
Origin Sofia, Bulgaria
Genres Electronic, synthpop, new wave
Occupations Musician, DJ, geneticist
Instruments Vocals, synthesizers
Years active 1999—present
Labels Nettwerk
Associated acts Ladytron, The Projects
Website www.ladytron.com
Notable instruments
Korg MS-20, Korg MS2000B

Mira Aroyo (Bulgarian: Мира Аройо; born 1977) is a Bulgarian musician, known as the secondary vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron, as well as a DJ. She writes and sings her songs for Ladytron in Bulgarian as well as English. Prior to a full-time career in music, Aroyo was studying for a D.Phil. in genetics at the University of Oxford.

Early life and education[edit]

Mira Aroyo was born in 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria,[1][2] to Bulgarian Jewish[2] background. Aroyo moved with her family to Israel when she was ten and, later, to the United Kingdom.[2]

The first musical instrument that Aroyo ever played was the guitar.[3] Also when she was younger, she played the accordion.[4] Although her parents were cautious about her decision to pursue music, Aroyo's parents were nevertheless supportive and respectful of her decision.[5]

Career[edit]

Scientific career[edit]

Following the completion of her undergraduate education, Aroyo pursued postgraduate research studies in genetics;[6] she was a D.Phil. student[7] in the Division of Molecular Genetics, Department of Biochemistry of the University of Oxford,[8] where she was supervised by Dr. François-Xavier Barre[9] and Professor David J. Sherratt.[10][11][12] In 2003, the Department of Biochemistry noted that Aroyo was a postgraduate geneticist and recognised the release of her band's second album, Light and Magic.[13]

Contrary to claims that she completed her D.Phil., specifically in or around 2002,[14] (though it has also been claimed that, as late as 2008, she was still a D.Phil. candidate),[15] Aroyo left science and her D.Phil. programme before completing it and graduating.[7] In an interview with The Sunday Mail, she explained that, "We all had jobs when we started Ladytron then little by little we ditched them. I was a geneticist doing a PhD and realizing lab work wasn't for me. We were doing Ladytron at the same time and I was enjoying it more. It was easier and more fun".[16] In a later interview, when asked, "Apparently you were enrolled as a PhD student in Oxford. Seems like a pretty prestigious post did you ever have any doubts leaving academia for Ladytron?", Aroyo replied, "Yes. For the first 3 years of Ladytron I was juggling both, until it became apparent that I would be compromising both if I continued that way. I was young and it seemed a lot more fun at the time to travel the world playing music".[17]

Musical career[edit]

In the summer of 1999, the Liverpudlian producers and DJs Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu met the students Helen Marnie (through various DJ gigs)[18] and Mira Aroyo (through a mutual friend).[19] Sharing similar interests in music, they formed the electronic band Ladytron in the same year. Since then, Aroyo is the secondary singer of the band, and also plays synthesizers and contributes to songwriting.

Aroyo also collaborated with the indie pop band The Projects.[20] The song "Don't Eat Meat" featured Mira as vocalist.[21] She also collaborated with John Foxx & The Maths for the song "Watching a Building on Fire".

Personal life[edit]

Aroyo has been married to the photography curator Harry Hardie since 2010.[22] In 2011, it was reported that Aroyo appeared to be pregnant.[23] Indeed, on 23 February 2012, Aroyo gave birth to daughter Noa.[24] She currently lives in London.[25]

Aroyo is a pescetarian.[26]

Aroyo has an interest in architecture and has presented a 15-minute short film, titled The Folly, on "The cottage home of an elderly lady who has to adapt to her remote surroundings as she gets older".[27]

Instruments[edit]

During Ladytron's live shows, Mira Aroyo plays synthesizers and occasionally sings. Her primary synthesizer is Korg MS-20, which she used since the band's beginnings.

Aroyo played live the following instruments for the band:

On the early part of Witching Hour tour, Ladytron used to name their four identical Korg MS2000B to be easier installed on stage. Her MS2000B keyboard was named Babylon.[28]

Discography[edit]

Ladytron[edit]

Main article: Ladytron discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pompor, Paris (25 September 2008). "Ladytron - Gig Reviews". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ladytron's Mira Aroyo on Bulgarian Chalga Music". BEAST Magazine. 
  3. ^ Beatport Live presents Ladytron’s Mira Aroyo | Beatportal
  4. ^ "Insider: Ladytron". Roland U.S. 
  5. ^ Lai, Chi Ming (4 March 2011). "An Interview with Ladytron's Mira Aroyo". The Electricity Club. 
  6. ^ Hanman (3 August 2007). ""I love technology that simplifies my life"". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ a b Cadden, Avril. "60 second interview: Ladytron's Mira Aroyo". Sunday Mail. 
  8. ^ Perry, Andrew (5 December 2002). "In a league of their own". The Telegraph. 
  9. ^ "F.-X. Barre's lab". Centre de Génétique Moléculaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. 
  10. ^ "2000 D.Phil. Symposium Programme and Abstracts - Mira Aroyo". Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. 
  11. ^ "Prof David Sherratt Page". Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. 
  12. ^ "Sherratt Lab". Department of Biochemistry, Oxford. 
  13. ^ "Department of Biochemistry - Admin & Adverts January 2003". 
  14. ^ "Home entertainment: Ladytron". The Guardian. 
  15. ^ Matich, Thomas (10 June 2008). "She Blinded Me with Science". Real Detroit Weekly. 
  16. ^ "60 second interview: Ladytron's Mira Aroyo". The Daily Record. 
  17. ^ Ng, Peter Quincy (23 March 2011). "Mira Aroyo (Ladytron) - March 23, 2011 - Interview". 
  18. ^ "3/29 – Ladytron – 'Best Of: 00 – 10'". Nettwerk Press Blog. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Videovision: Ladytron interview". 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  20. ^ THE PROJECTS | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's
  21. ^ The Projects - Don't Eat Meat - YouTube
  22. ^ Bedales Association. "Bedales Association and Old Bedalian Newsletter 2011 (PDF page 40)". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  23. ^ Forsyth, Brennan (15 October 2011). "Ladytron Wraps Their Tour in Miami". Rhythm Scene. 
  24. ^ "Bedales Association and Old Bedalian Newsletter 2013". Bedales Schools. 2013. 
  25. ^ "Interview: Ladytron's Reubun Wu". City Weekend Guide. 22 March 2013. 
  26. ^ Morley, Cat (13 September 2008). "Electropop Band Ladytron Tell Us What's Really on Their Mind". Cut Out + Keep. 
  27. ^ "Architecture of Re-assurance". University College London. 
  28. ^ Aroyo's Korg MS2000B