Hadreas performing in New York City in 2012
|Birth name||Mike Hadreas|
|Genres||Indie pop, baroque pop, chamber pop, alternative|
Perfume Genius is the stage name for Seattle-based solo artist Mike Hadreas. As of 2016, he has released three albums.
Hadreas is of Greek descent and was born in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington. Hadreas studied painting in school and took piano lessons as a child. His mother was a special education teacher, and his parents divorced when he was a teenager.
Growing up, Hadreas was the only openly gay student at his school, and he received death threats which were not addressed by the administration. He dropped out of high school during his senior year. Two years after dropping out, he was attacked by several young men in his neighborhood. He moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn and worked as a doorman for a club in the East Village. In 2005, Hadreas returned home to Seattle and began recording music. In 2008, Hadreas set up a MySpace page under the name Perfume Genius, and thus began his music career. Hadreas' music explores topics including sexuality, his personal struggle with Crohn's disease, domestic abuse, and the dangers faced by gay men in contemporary society.
Hadreas' debut album, Learning, was released on June 21, 2010, through Turnstile Records in Europe and Matador Records in the United States. Many of the tracks for Learning were recorded in Hadreas' home. The album quickly received critical acclaim. Pitchfork gave the album an 8.2
Put Your Back N 2 It
Hadreas' second album, Put Your Back N 2 It, was released on February 20, 2012. Again, Hadreas received praise from music critics and fans alike for the sonic intimacy his music achieved.
Hadreas 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 performed at the museum on October 27, 2012.
On September 23, 2014, Hadreas released his third album, Too Bright, which was co-produced by Adrian Utley of Portishead, to critical acclaim. The album was a transformative leap for Hadreas and marked a new trajectory in his career. The album received rave reviews from an array of publications. Pitchfork gave the album a 8.5 and commented that "these songs feel less like songs and more like treasures, ones that fill you with power and wisdom."
Following the release of the album Hadreas toured the album and played sold out headline shows.
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- "Normal Song" was featured in the hit show "Suits" in 2012.
- "Sister Song" was featured in Episodes 3, 13, and the season finale of Hemlock Grove in 2013.
- "Queen" was featured in Episode 4 of Mr. Robot in July 2015.
- "Learning" was featured in Episode 10 of Transparent in December 2015.
- "Too Bright" was featured in Season 2 of "How To Get Away With Murder"
- "Grid" played in Seaon 4,Episode 2 - Catfish
- "Hood" was featured in "Looking: The Movie" on July 23, 2016
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|Put Your Back N 2 It
|"Take Me Home"|
|2015||"Jonathan" - Christine and the Queens feat Perfume Genius
(BEL (Wa) Ultratip #46; FRA #120)
- 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 [...]
- turnstilemusic (25 September 2015). "Penblwydd Hapus / Happy Birthday @perfumegenius x" (Tweet).
- William Van Meter (17 September 2014). "Lashing Out at His Tormentors, At Last". The New Yorker. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Sasha Frere-Jones (22 September 2014). "Growth Spurt". The New Yorker. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Perfume Genius – Biography, allmusic.com
- Matthew Wright (11 June 2015). "Perfume Genius / Jenny Hval, RFH". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Anwen Crawford (22 June 2015). "Soft Apocalypse". The New Yorker. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
- Perfume Genius – Learning, discogs.com
- "Put Your Back N 2 It: Perfume Genius". Amazon.com: MP3 Downloads. ASIN B006WH8VOM.
- Michelson, Noah (January 25, 2012). "Perfume Genius Video Gets Banned From YouTube For Not Being "Family Safe"". Huffington Post.
- Perfume Genius & Calendar, Mw [Moment Magnitude], Frye Art Museum. Accessed online 2012-11-27.
- "Perfume Genius Performs "Queen" on "Letterman"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2014-10-31.