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Mikhael Paskalev | Bio

Mikhael Paskalev makes pop music with a twist and roots in indie and alternative country rock, inspired by names such as Paul Simon, The Shins, Edward Sharpe, The Mamas and the Papas and The Everly Brothers. His songs are recognized by the instrumentation, unusual structures and strong melodies. At times they are shamelessly catchy, but never leave the lovely and raw soundscape in which he and producer wunderkind Joe Wills chose to operate.

The story for Norwegian/ Bulgarian Paskalev started with the release of his first single ever, the brilliant and super catchy "I Spy", which became a smash hit in Norway after winning a national award for Best Unsigned Act in 2012.

The remarkable Tom Cruise-homage video made waves in the music underground from Norway via Huffington Post to Hype Machine, and has had over 1 million views on Youtube and Vimeo.

The follow up single, "Jive Babe", brought Paskalev, director Jack Witheley and cool, sexy actress Elena Arginos to his grandparents stomping grounds in Bulgaria to find the right atmosphere. The result is a Tarantino meets Twin Peaks meets colorful gypsy life video.

Paskalev has recently played gigs in London, Holland, Paris and Norway, receiving accolades for a dynamic live set, varying from songs accompanied by his nylon-strung guitar only, to a six-piece band with the occasional trumpet and a circus of energy. He makes his U.S. debut in Los Angeles and in Austin TX at SXSW in March 2013. “Jive Babe” is released in the U.S. on March 5th via Mom+Pop.

Mikhael Paskalev | Videos