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Mitski on fans filming songs or whole sets: "It makes me feel as though we are not here together"

25 February 2022, 12:24 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Mitski has spoken about fans filming songs and whole performances at shows, saying it "makes me feel as though we are not here together."

Last week Mitski kicked off her North America Laurel Hell tour dates, and in a new Twitter thread, Mitski has shared her thoughts on fans filming songs and entire shows.

She started the thread by writing, "Hello! I wanted to speak with you about phones at shows. They’re part of our reality, I have mine on me all the time, and I’m not against taking photos at shows (Though please no flash lol)."

"But sometimes when I see people filming entire songs or whole sets, it makes me feel as though we are not here together," Mitski continued. "This goes for both when I’m on stage, and when I’m an audience member at shows."

Mitski also wrote, "I love shows for the feeling of connection, of sharing a dream, and remembering that we have a brief miraculous moment of being alive at the same time, before we part ways. I feel I’m part of something bigger."

"When I’m on stage and look to you but you are gazing into a screen, it makes me feel as though those of us on stage are being taken from and consumed as content, instead of getting to share a moment with you," she added. "Ultimately it’s your night, and I want you to enjoy it as you like. I don’t want to be greedy, I’m fortunate to get to play! Just putting out there that sometimes, if we’re lucky, we can experience magic at a show. But only if we’re there to catch it."

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