Michael Hensley

Michael Hensley

BandEDMPop

Michael Hensley's songs, best described as "electronic pop," combine heavy beats and synth-laden instrumentation with a keen sense of pop songwriting structure and melody. The end result is a distinct sound best compared to acts like Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Postal Service, and Pet Shop Boys.

Biography

Michael Hensley is driven by a fascination with the musical intersection of pop culture and innovation. His songs, best described as "electronic pop," combine heavy beats and synth-laden instrumentation with a keen sense of pop songwriting structure and melody. The end result is a distinct sound best compared to acts like Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Imogen Heap, Postal Service, and Pet Shop Boys.

Michael's first full-length album, "Fire Behind Me" (2007), mines a variety of emotional territory, ranging from the exciting flirtation of "Walk In" to the bitter send-off track "Never Loved Me." He also turns his focus inward, addressing the shock of independence on "Can I Do This Alone" and seeking release in the sweeping "Take Me Away." And sometimes it's all about the beat, as on the thumping album opener, "This Machine." Edge Boston calls the album "a pulsating, pumping... audio tour through club land. Michael has impressively distinguished himself from his heroes."

Michael studied piano and music theory in high school before earning a Bachelor's degree in Audio Production from Emerson College in 2003. He has studied at the Berklee College of Music and has been writing original songs since 2001. Michael's influences include Bjork, Madonna, Fischerspooner, BT, and Timbaland. His previous work includes the 5-track EP "Everyone Wants to Feel Something" (2006), featuring demo versions of 4 songs later re-recorded for "Fire Behind Me." In 2008 he released a 7-track EP and music video for the song "This Machine," which received club play in numerous clubs in New York City, Boston, and elsewhere.

Discography

"Everyone Wants to Feel Something" 5-song EP (2006)
"Fire Behind Me" 12-song album (2007)
"This Machine" 7-track remix EP (2008)

Set List

Typical set lists include "This Machine," "Everyone Wants to Feel Something," "Take Me Away," "Walk In," "Never Loved Me," "Totally Gone," and covers of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" and Peaches' "Fuck the Pain Away."