9 May 2020

Perfume Genius on dancing in the dirt and inflammatory tweets

From RNZ Music, 2:10 pm on 9 May 2020

Perfume Genius is the pseudonym of Mike Hadreas, a musician who has earned a loyal fanbase for his honest lyrics and intensely affecting art-pop over the last decade. 

He’s about to release his fifth album, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately.

While he's written songs in the past reflecting his history with drug abuse, being bullied about his sexuality, and domestic abuse, this album finds Perfume Genius letting go of past trauma, and finding a new sense of freedom.  

He’s currently living in L.A. with his longtime partner and bandmate Alan Wyffels, and at the time Kirsten Johnstone spoke to Mike Hadreas, they were just two weeks into lockdown.

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