Michael Poulsen

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Michael Poulsen
Volbeat Michael Poulsen 2009.jpg
Michael Poulsen 2009
Background information
Birth name Michael Poulsen
Born (1975-04-01) April 1, 1975 (age 39)
Genres Heavy metal, groove metal, psychobilly, gothabilly, death metal, death rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1991-present
Associated acts Volbeat, Dominus
Notable instruments
Gibson SG GT

Michael Schøn Poulsen (born April 1, 1975) is a Danish vocalist and guitarist. He is currently the singer and main songwriter of the band Volbeat.

Biography[edit]

Michael Poulsen at the Summer Breeze Open Air 2007 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

Michael Poulsen grew up in Ringsted, Denmark which is about a 40 miles (63 kilometers) from Copenhagen in a working-class family. He has a twin sister and two older sisters who are also twins. His parents were big fans of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. As a teenager, he got in touch with metal music like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Iced Earth and Black Sabbath.[1] At the age of 17, he moved to Copenhagen and formed his first band Dominus. Poulsen stated a major influence during this period was Chuck Schuldiner and his band Death.

Dominus released four records between 1994 and 2000. The band split-up a year later as Poulsen was fed up with death metal music and the death metal scene.[2] He wrote new songs with a more rock'n'roll approach and established Volbeat. After releasing two demos, their debut album The Strength / The Sound / The Songs reached number 18 in the Danish charts and became the first album of a Danish metal band in 20 years to enter the top 20.[3] On 22 April 2006, Poulsen performed with some of Elvis Presley's studio musicians in Copenhagen.[4] Volbeat's sophomore record Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil and their third effort Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood went straight to number 1 in the Danish charts.[3][5]

Poulsen later showed his affinity towards Social Distortion, and taking cues from a "new influence" created Volbeat's distinct sound.

March 2010 Poulsen was married at Graceland, Memphis, to his wife Lina.[6]

In 2012, Poulsen is doing a liner note for the Relapse Records reissue of Death's 1990 album Spiritual Healing, which he considers one of his favorite albums.

Musical equipment[edit]

Poulsen primarily plays Gibson SG guitars, first a Tony Iommi signature model but later a GT-model with Seymour Duncan pickups, through a Marshall JCM800 2210 model. He sometimes plays an ESP and a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. Effects use are an Ibanez Tube Screamer, a noise suppressor, a vintage equalizer and a maximizer pedal.[7]

Awards[edit]

In 2006, Poulsen was nominated in the categories Singer of the year and Composer of the year at the annual Steppeulven awards.[8] Two years later, he was nominated in the category Best singer at the Danish Music Awards.[9]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schiffbauer, Conny. "Im Schwatzkasten mit Michael Poulsen (Volbeat)". Rock Hard (in German) 257 (October 2008): 18. ISSN 1437-8140. 
  2. ^ Metalgreg. "Volbeat" (in German). Metal.de. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  3. ^ a b "VOLBEAT: 'Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil' Tops Danish Album Chart". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  4. ^ "VOLBEAT Frontman Performs With ELVIS PRESLEY's Backing Musicians: Photos Available". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  5. ^ "VOLBEAT: 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed". Blabber]. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  6. ^ http://www.elvisunlimited.com/news.asp?news_id=2467&page_id=79
  7. ^ Stark, Janne. "Volbeat - Michael Poulsen". fuzz.se. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ "...og de nominerede 2006 er:" (in Danish). steppeulv.dk. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  9. ^ "VOLBEAT Nominated In Four Categories At DANISH MUSIC AWARDS". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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