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 33–34)[1]
Genres Indie pop, chamber pop, art pop, lo-fi, alternative R&B
Years active 2008–present
Labels Matador, Turnstile

Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas. As of 2014, he has released three albums.


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.[2] His debut album, Learning, was released on 21 June 2010, through Turnstile Records in Europe and Matador Records in the United States.[3] Hadreas' second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, was released on February 20, 2012.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

"Sister Song" was featured in episodes 3, 13, and the season finale of Hemlock Grove in 2013.

On September 23, 2014, Hadreas released his third album, Too Bright, to critical acclaim.



Album and details Peak positions
  • Date released: June 22, 2010
  • Record label: Matador, Organs
 – 41  –  –
Put Your Back N 2 It
  • Date released: 2012
  • Record label: Matador
 – 19 73  –
Too Bright
  • Date released: September 23, 2014
  • Record label: Matador
83 26  – 77


Release date Title
2010 "Mr Peterson"
2011 "All Waters"
2012 "Hood"
"Dark Parts"
"Take Me Home"
2014 "Queen"


  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. ^ Perfume Genius – Biography,
  3. ^ Perfume Genius – Learning,
  4. ^ "Put Your Back N 2 It: Perfume Genius". MP3 Downloads. ASIN B006WH8VOM. 
  5. ^ Michelson, Noah (January 25, 2012). "Perfume Genius Video Gets Banned From YouTube For Not Being "Family Safe"". Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ Perfume Genius & Calendar, Mw [Moment Magnitude], Frye Art Museum. Accessed online 2012-11-27.

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