The success story for young Norwegian/ Bulgarian Mikhael Paskalev started with the release of his first single ever, the platinum selling 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nksTXmu1UAg
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 gipsylife video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZiIMmjaf54
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 wonderkid Joe Wills choses to operate.
Paskalev has performed at most of the major Norwegian music festivals, and offers 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.
All of this before the release of his debut album. In February 2013, the highly anticipated debut album Whats Life Without Losers, finally was released, and again to much praise from the reviewers.
One of Norways leading newspapers Dagbladet in their review: An album filled with warmth, euphoria and most of all, an honest and great songwriter.