Lindsey Way

"Lyn-Z" redirects here. For the Californian skateboarder, see Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins.
Lindsey Way

Lindsey Way in 2008
Background information
Birth name Lindsey Ann Ballato
Also known as Lyn-Z
Born (1976-05-21) May 21, 1976
Dunoon, Scotland
Genres Industrial rock, electronica, electropunk
Occupation(s) Musician, artist
Instruments Bass guitar
Labels The End, Uppity Cracker
Associated acts Mindless Self Indulgence, My Chemical Romance

Lindsey Ann Way (née Ballato), commonly known as Lyn-Z, is a Scottish musician and visual artist. She is best known for being the bassist in American electronic rock band Mindless Self Indulgence.

Early life and career

Way was born in Dunoon on May 21, 1976.[1] On October 22, 2012 she made a post on Twitter regarding her heritage, claiming to have been adopted and to be of French and Indian descent.[2] On November 13, 2010, she presented her artwork collectively entitled "HUSH" at the Dark Dark Science Gallery in a joint exhibit called "Smile Even If It Hurts" with friend and fellow artist Jessicka.[3] Way contributed a piece to the South Park 15th Anniversary Art Exhibition at Opera Gallery in New York.[4]

When she joined Mindless Self Indulgence, she was not actually able to play bass—after she had told a bouncer a lie about being able to play, she received a call from the manager of MSI during her first art show asking her to audition. After listening to MSI's album, she learned to play bass from a friend. However, she felt that "there [was] no way that [she] was going to get into this band from bass talent alone" and so pulled a stunt; during the song "Tornado" in her audition, she drank a Bacardi she had hidden in her bra, pulled a match from her hair, struck it on her bass, and blew fire around the room, earning her the part.[5]

Personal life

On September 3, 2007, she married Gerard Way. In 2009, Lindsey gave birth to her daughter, Bandit Lee Way.


  1. "Lindsey Way, About". Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  2. "lynzway on Twitter". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  3. Pettigrew, Jason. Alternative Press Q&A: Mindless Self Indulgence's Lindsey Ballato and Scarling's Jessicka Addams plan art exhibit November 10, 2010
  4. "Lyn-Z Interview: TasteItTv". TasteItTv. April 27, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  5. "Lyn-Z Interview: TasteItTv". TasteItTv. TasteItTv. April 27, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2015.

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