Perfume Genius

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Perfume Genius
Perfume Genius Performing in NYC.jpg
Perfume Genius Performing in New York City in 2012
Background information
Birth name Mike Hadreas
Born 1981/1982 (age 32–33)[1]
Genres Indie pop, chamber pop, singer-songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels Matador, Turnstile

Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas. His second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, was released on February 20, 2012.[2]


Hadreas began composing music after he moved from New York to live with his mother in Everett, Washington. In 2008, he set up a MySpace page under the name Perfume Genius.[3] His debut album, Learning, was released on 21 June 2010, through Turnstile Records in Europe and Matador Records in the United States.[4] In 2011, Hadreas supported the band Beirut on their North American tour.[5] In September of the same year he played Split Works' inaugural Black Rabbit festival in China alongside acts like Gold Panda and Mount Kimbie.[6] Hadreas' second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, was released on February 20, 2012.[2] The promotional video for the album, featuring Hadreas and pornographic actor Arpad Miklos embracing each other wearing only underwear, was deemed unsafe for family viewing by YouTube.[7]

He was one of several Seattle-area artists and musicians featured in the exhibit "Mw [Moment Magnitude]" at the Frye Art Museum, October 13, 2012 — January 20, 2013. As part of the exhibit, he gave a performance at the museum October 27, 2012.[8]

"Sister Song" was featured on the season finale of Hemlock Grove in 2013.



Release date Title
2010 Learning
2012 Put Your Back N 2 It


Release date Title
2010 "Mr Peterson"
2012 "Hood"
"Dark Parts"
"Take Me Home"


  1. ^ Barton, Laura (February 16, 2012). "Perfume Genius: 'I've learned not to trust myself'". The Guardian (London). Retrieved February 17, 2012. "Hadreas is 30 now [...]" 
  2. ^ a b "Put Your Back N 2 It: Perfume Genius". MP3 Downloads. ASIN B006WH8VOM. 
  3. ^ Perfume Genius - Biography,
  4. ^ Perfume Genius – Learning,
  5. ^ Perfume Genius - Events from 2011,
  6. ^ Black Rabbit Music Festival is Coming, (2011). Retrieved on 2012-16-08
  7. ^ Michelson, Noah (January 25, 2012). "Perfume Genius Video Gets Banned From YouTube For Not Being "Family Safe"". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ Perfume Genius & Calendar, Mw [Moment Magnitude], Frye Art Museum. Accessed online 2012-11-27.