About Michael Hansonis
Born in Cologne in 1960, Michael Hansonis works as a musician, songwriter, audiobook narrator and actor. His early influences include Marc Bolan, John Lee Hooker and Bob Dylan. After initial experience as a busker and session musician and with his band Les Immer Essen, Hansonis founded the independent rock band King Candy in 1988, which went on to release four albums. The band often toured with the Australian indie band Go-Betweens. Robert Forster, a co-founder of Go-Betweens, covered Hansonis’s song “Bird” on his solo album “I Had a New York Girlfriend”. Hansonis also writes German songs and lyrics, including for Gunter Gabriel’s album “Sohn aus dem Volk”. Until 2002, he was a permanent ensemble member of Horizont Theater in Cologne. In 2004 he released his highly acclaimed album “Drink and Drive with Dylan Thomas”, which put the words of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas to music.