Someday in 2013 it will be exactly 25 years ago, since Michael Learns To Rock played their firsts ever gig in Aarhus in Denmark the hometown of the band. Since then lots of classic songs have been rotated from radio stations around the world. Hundreds of concerts have been played and millions of albums have been sold all over the globe. Noteworthy and worth celebrating: Michael Learns To Rock still continues to write and record these characteristic and melodic songs, that keeps them on the road and on air some 25 years on from the beginning.
With a global record sales of 11 million physical albums since the debut album in 1991, more than 6 million payed downloads, estimated 50 million video views on YouTube and more than 1 million plays on Last FM, the story of MLTR is not only the story of the most successful international act ever to come out of Denmark, but also a story of an exception among artists: Opposite many other international acts MLTR's way to success has never been about scandals, divorce, drugs or an extreme way of living. It has always been about music! The secret about Michael Learns To Rock is simply their incredible gift to write, record and play great pop songs and get them through to people all over the world.
MLTR was formed in the spring of 1988 by singer and keyboard player JASCHA RICHTER (born 1963) drummer KÅRE WANSCHER (born 1969), guitarist MIKKEL LENTZ (born 1968) and bassplayer SØREN MADSEN (born 1967). In the summer the band wins a local talent competition and start out on a nearly two year long tour around Denmark. Playing wherever possible, winning an ever growing audience and having both the talent, the musical skills and the songs sharpened along the way. After months of hard work in the studio, MLTR releases their debut album "Michael Learns To Rock" in September 1991. Among the fine songs on the album is the smash hit "The Actor" that gets wall-to-wall airplay from the Danish radio stations and helps the album reach the top of the danish sales chart in January 1992. Later that year "The Actor" goes number one on the charts in Norway, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines. The next year MLTR tour intensively in Denmark and visit new friends in the far east and along the way Jascha Richter writes the songs for their second album "Colours", released in October 1993. Great ballads like "Sleeping Child" and "25 Minutes" are the main singles to secure combined albums sales passing the 1 million mark.
MLTR tours Europe and Asia the next couple of years and in 1995 their third album, "Played On Pepper", is released all over Scandinavia and in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, France, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, and Japan. The United Arab Emirates and 11 countries in the far east. October that year sees MLTR on a huge Asian tour, with 25 concerts in 10 countries. "That´s Why (You Go Away)" and "Someday" are new hits for MLTR and "Played On Pepper" ends up selling more than 1,2 million albums. In 1996 "Paint My Love" is released. A Greatest Hits album made exclusively for South East Asia. The album ends up selling more than 3,4 million copies - and make the band one of the biggest international acts ever in countries like South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia. The uptempo hit "Something You Should Know" leads the way for MLTRs fourth studio album "Nothing To Lose", released in ´97. The albums turns the band into superstars in South Africa, and when MLTR in January ´98 plays in Johannesburg and Pretoria, the critics write: "This is as good (if not better !) a band as any current big name group out of America or the UK."
"Greatest Hits" is the well chosen title for an international collection of MLTR-hits, out in 1999. Same year Søren Madsen leaves MLTR. Kåre, Jascha and Mikkel decide to continue as a trio, releasing Michael Learns To Rocks fifth studio album "Blue Night" in 2000. Early 2001 MLTR embarks on a five week tour including Dubai, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and China. The tour is promoting the compilation"19 Love Songs", only released in the far east and including new single "The Ghost Of You". 2002 is a year off from the band, for the three remaining members of MLTR, all working on individual projects, including the first solo-album from Jascha, "Planet Blue".