Me and the Muse: Perfume Genius on his sources of inspiration

Mike Hadreas on the everyday business of songwriting and his earliest musical obsession

Born in the suburbs of Seattle in 1981, where he still lives, Mike Hadreas started making music under the stage name Perfume Genius in 2008. Two years later he released his debut album, Learning. In 2014, his third album Too Bright, which included the anthemic single Queen, brought him international acclaim. Earlier this year, Hadreas released No Shape, described by the Observer’s Kitty Empire as “glorious, inventive, shape-shifting music”. Perfume Genius plays the Roundhouse, London, on 5 November and the Old Market, Hove, 6 November.

I treat writing like a job. I go into my music room in the morning, when my boyfriend [Alan Wyffels] goes to work, and then I work pretty much until he gets home. And then we have dinner and I play him what I made that day. If I like the music I can get really obsessed with it. Usually it’s not good, but part of getting to the good stuff is writing shitty music first, for at least a few weeks.

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