Miku Kobato biography
Miku Kobato was born in Kumamoto, Japan, on 21 October 1991 – her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds Japanese nationality. Miku is a singer and a guitarist, best known for being the founder and the lead member of the girl band Band-Maid – she was working at a maid café when she got the idea of creating a rock band comprising girls dressed up as maids.
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Early life, family and education
Miku was raised in Kumamoto alongside her younger brother by their father who was a dentist and their mother who was a nurse at a local hospital. The family led a modest life, and her parents spent most of their time working.
Miku grew up watching movies and TV series, and occasionally sang at house parties and at school, but at the time didn’t consider practicing her singing skills or attending a music school. She was physically active throughout elementary and high school, as she played several sports such as soccer and tennis, and spent most of her free time outdoors playing games with her friends, or walking and cycling around the city. She matriculated from high school in 2009, and started working at a maid café where she stayed for three years, before getting the idea for the girl band Band-Maid – shortly after she decided to found the band, in 2012 Miku enrolled at a music school and a year later began learning how to play the guitar.
Career as a singer and the band Band-Maid
In July 2013, Miku officially formed the group together with four other girls. She found Kanami Tono, the group’s guitarist, singer and a songwriter, on the internet while it was Tono who suggested that Akane Hirose be their drummer. Akane went on to suggest that Misa whom she met at a music school become their singer and after an audition held to find the final member of the group, Saiku Atsumi joined Band-Maid as the lead singer – they debuted on 22 August 2013 at Tokyo’s Shibuya-AX.
Before the release of their debut extended play (EP) “Maid in Japan” on 8 January 2014, the girls had already performed at concert halls around Tokyo, as well at several famous bars and restaurants.
They released their debut single “Ai to Jonetsu no Matador” (“Love, Passion, Matador”) in August, and in November, their next EP came out entitled “New Beginning”, and it peaked at #64 on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart becoming the girls’ first appearance on a chart. Following their initial success, they went on to tour around Tokyo in February 2016, with the tour ending on 14 February when they performed their concert for which all the tickets were sold out in minutes.
Band-Maid performed in the US for the first time in March 2016 when they sang at Seattle’s Sakura-Con, and in May they released their new EP “Brand New Maid” under Crown Stones in Japan and under JPU Records overseas – the album peaked at #19 on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart.
The girls embarked on their first world tour in October, performing in Hong Kong, six European countries and Mexico.
Band-Maid’s debut studio album “Just Bring It” came out in January 2017 with its lead track “YOLO” and the album peaked at #16 on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart. The girls attended Golden Melody Awards on 23 June and were nominated for several awards without winning any. In July, they released their new single “Daydreaming/Choose Me” and they then released their cover version of Mucc’s “Honey” for the tribute album “Tribute of Mucc -En-“.
On 14 February 2018, Band-Maid released their second studio album “World Domination” which became their so far best-charting Oricon Weekly album as it peaked at #9 on the chart – on the same day, a new version of their first studio album was released called “Maid in Japan” with two new songs and it peaked at #26 on the chart. They embarked on a new world tour on 1 April 2018 and on the first day sang at Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe. The girls released their new single “Start Over” on 25 July.
On 16 January 2019, Band-Maid’s two new singles came out entitled “Bubble” and “Glory” and they then adopted a new image and a new name – Band-Maiko – and under it the girls released their new EP “Band-Maiko” on 3 April 2019, comprising many of their previously released songs but now performed with traditional Japanese musical instruments.
It was announced in April that the girls would be touring around the USA, Taiwan, Germany, France and the UK, starting in April. On 4 December, their new EP “Conqueror” came out and it had Tony Visconti, a famous American record producer and singer, produce one of its songs – the EP peaked at #9 on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart and it topped the Oricon Weekly Rock Albums Chart.
On 29 April 2020, the girls released their first concert video “Band-Maid World Domination Tour [Shinka] at Line Cube Shibuya (Shibuya Public Hall)” and it has recently been announced that the girls will be starring as themselves in the upcoming American action movie “Kate”.
Love life and relationships
Miku prefers to keep her personal matters to herself which is why she hasn’t talked about any men she might have dated since the launch of her singing career and this is believed to be mostly because of the negative effect this might have on her band. However, there are still rumors circulating the internet claiming that she has been in several relationships so far and that her longest one has been while she was still working at the maid café – many of her fans have stated to have often seen her with a mysterious man from 2009 to 2013 and that the two were obviously in a relationship. It is also believed that she was the one to break up the relationship shortly after founding Band-Maid.
Another rumor has it that Miku has been dating somebody since March 2019 as the two have allegedly been seen together on several occasions by her fans but Miku hasn’t commented on the rumors.
As of August 2020, she is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Miku is a big lover of animals with cats being her favorites, and she has a pet cat called Tora (tiger) which can often be seen featured in her pictures on Instagram. – she is also a lover of horses and attends horse races at least once a week but rarely bets. Miku’s friends from Band-Maid have described her as the weirdest and the liveliest member of the band but also as the clumsiest person they’ve ever met.
— TheArgentinianDude (マティアス) #BANDMAID (@mbataglia__) January 13, 2020
She spends most of her spare time watching videos on YouTube related to horses, comedy movies and reality shows, and some of the other things she enjoys doing include singing karaoke, collecting Kuma-Chan plush toys and eating – some of her favorite things to eat and drink are strawberries, green tea and soy milk.
Miku also enjoys watching Hollywood movies, and her favorite actor and actress are Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, while some of her favorite movies are “Titanic”, “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Inception”.
Age and height
Miku’s age is 28. She has long brown hair and her eyes are brown as well. Her height is 5ft 1in (1.55m) and she weighs around 98lbs (44kgs).
As of August 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.