|Birth name||Michael James Way|
September 10, 1980 |
Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.
|Origin||Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, hard rock, electronic rock, electropop|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Labels||Reprise, Warner Bros., Eyeball|
|Associated acts||My Chemical Romance, Electric Century|
|Squier Mikey Way Mustang Bass, Fender Precision Bass|
Michael James "Mikey" Way (born September 10, 1980) is an American musician and is best known as the bassist of the rock band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013. He is also the keyboardist, rhythm guitarist, and backing vocalist of rock duo Electric Century.
Way was born September 10, 1980 to Donna Lee Way (née Rush) and Donald Way. He is a direct descendant of Henry Way (1583-1667), an early settler of Dorchester, Massachusetts; his great-grandfather, Donald Forbes Way (1891-1948), was a 1913 graduate of the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University. Way's ancestry is predominantly English, with some French, Irish, and Scottish; he is also one-quarter Italian, through his maternal grandmother, Elena Lee Rush (née Spadone).
He was raised in Belleville, New Jersey alongside his brother Gerard Way. Growing up, he worked in a Barnes & Noble and later Eyeball Records. Both of these played major part in the formation of My Chemical Romance. Eyeball signed the band and released their debut record.
The first concert he ever went to was a Smashing Pumpkins concert with his brother. After seeing them perform he told him "we have to do this." He was asked to join My Chemical Romance, which involved him having to improve his bass skills in the space of a week. He has toured with From First To Last.
Adult Life and Career
Way joined American rock band My Chemical Romance in 2001 with his brother Gerard Way. Way suggested the bands name after he read the book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance When Way joined the band, he had to improve his bass skills in less than a week.  My Chemical Romance released their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge on June 8, 2004. My Chemical Romances third album The Black Parade was released on October 24, 2006. My Chemical Romance's fourth and final studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.  The band announced their breakup on March 22, 2013. 
For over a year after the break up of My Chemical Romance, Way remained without a band until he formed Electric Century with Sleep Station vocalist David Debiak. The duo released their first song "I Lied" in February 2014.
The duo released their first song "I Lied" on February 26, 2014. The same month, the duo was included in Alternative Press 's "100 Bands You Need To Know" list. The magazine mentioned that "I Lied" "forges an alloy of decades-proven electronic pop" comparing it to fun. and Twenty One Pilots. Alternative Press also said that the duo's album was finished and awaiting release later that year. The album was recorded and mixed by D. James Goodwin at The Isokon Studio in Woodstock, New York. In November, Way revealed that he had flown in February to the East Coast to complete the album but instead went to rehab. Way also said the news about the duo would be "in the coming months." On January 13, 2015 "Let You Get Away" was made available for streaming. "Let You Get Away" was released as a single on April 3. The duo announced their debut self-titled EP on March 10, and was released on Record Store Day on April 18. "Hail the Saints" and "Right There" were released as singles on May 6.
- My Chemical Romance
- I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (2002)
- Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (2004)
- The Black Parade (2006)
- Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2010)
- With Gerard Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero and James Dewees
- Hell Hath No Fury – (2012)
- Electric Century
- "I Lied" (2014), single
- "Let You Get Away" (2015), single
- Electric Century – (2015), EP
- "Right There" (2015), single
- "Hail the Saints" (2015), single
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- "iTunes - Music - Hail the Saints - Single by Electric Century". iTunes. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "iTunes - Music - Right There - Single by Electric Century". iTunes. Retrieved 19 May 2015.