Quickfire Questions #57: Mikhael Paskalev

By on Thursday, 21st November 2013 at 11:00 am

I caught Norwegian / Bulgarian singer/songwriter Mikhael Paskalev at this year’s SXSW, performing at Communion’s Wednesday night showcase on Maggie Mae’s Rooftop. I was impressed by he and his band’s energy, playing to a crowd that likely had no idea who he was. But admirably, they brought a party atmosphere with a happy, peppy sound not wholly unlike Of Monsters and Men. He’s currently in the UK playing some dates with Half Moon Run and a headline date tomorrow night at Manchester Albert Hall; all the details are here.

Paskalev just released an EP in the UK this week, ‘I Spy’, whose title track has already garnered over 1 million hits on YouTube already. (Not kidding. Watch it and his Risky Business-esque pants-wearing dancing antics here.) While clearly beloved by the Nordics, he’s just getting started in Britain, so we thought it was great timing to ask him our Quickfire Questions. Take it away, Mikhael…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Minnie Ripperton – ‘Loving You’.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Bart Simpson – ‘Deep Deep Trouble’.


What song makes you laugh?
‘Speak the Hungarian Rapper’ on YouTube.


What song makes you cry?
‘Speak the Hungarian Rapper’. [Still have no idea what the heck this is – Ed.]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I was 13, sat in the backseat of her mum’s car, leant in for a smooch as ‘Lemon Tree’ by Fool’s Garden was playing and her mum’s eyes tried to kill me.


What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
John Lennon – ‘Jealous Guy’.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Glen Cmmpbell – ‘Wichita Lineman’. Or Darondo – ‘Didn’t I’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
If I had to pick one, it would be someone like Paul Simon. Or maybe even Tarantino.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Copper or a crook.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
I’d bring Fleetwood Mac – ‘Tusk’. Wild production, Cool songs, pretty varied and ‘The Ledge’ is almost worth it on its own.

Many thanks to Mikhael for answering our questions and cheers to Ellie for sorting this for us.

Tags: , , ,

2 Responses

11:02 am
21st November 2013

New post: Quickfire Questions #57: Mikhael Paskalev @MikhaelPaskalev, who just released ‘I Spy’ EP this week: http://t.co/t1jxNqfqUn

2:28 am
23rd November 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: Quickfire Questions #57: Mikhael Paskalev @MikhaelPaskalev, who just released ‘I Spy’ EP this week: http://t.co/t1jxNqf…

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF was edited by Mary Chang, based in Washington, DC.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it.

RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us

Privacy Policy

Keep TGTF online for years to come!
Donate here.