Born and raised in Denmark, Michael Jessen played with several rock bands through his youth.
From “Mc Tamparcs” to “High Octane”, “RockStar”, “Michael Jessen Learns To F***?” and “M&M”.
He picked up the guitar by the age of 15, and a childhood friend taught him how to play the main riff for AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.
The first band he joined was at the public evening youth club, and was called “Mc Tampacs”. It included bass player Christoffer Hoås, guitarist Daniel Beck, and not very long after the beginning, drummer Mads Grunnet.
The band played a great deal of school contests and small town markets,
but after a few years Michael left the band as it was taking a more “90′s laid back easy rock direction”.
All his former bands played guitar oriented rock music and Michael started to compose more and more music. Some of his songs fitted his current bands and some were recorded with other artists.
In 2002 he teamed up with Christoffer Hoås and Mads Grunnet from the old band, and found
vocalist Michael Witus to form a band.
The first band name was “High Octane” and only 6 months after the bands debut, they recorded a
4-tack demo in a professional studio with songs by Michael Jessen.
The band continued for 10 years with shows, festivals gigs and
another demo recording, but without getting the big attention.
In 2012, lead singer Michael Witus quit the band, and in the aftermath,
Michael got Christoffer and Mads involved with the new solo project.
Michael wanted to try out his talent as a solo artist. He got in contact with one of his vocals heros,
Mr Göran Edman (ex- Yngwie Malmsteen singer) who agreed to do the vocals for an EP.
Michael then approached former band members Mads Grunnet and Christoffer Hoås to join him on drums and bass.
The EP was recorded in the summer of 2012 in CB Studios in Denmark.
The material was then sent to several labels around Europe, and Michael signed a deal with Massacre Records for the release of a full album.
The album was recorded through 2013, and also features Morten Dybro on piano, and a guest appearance by Michael’s childhood guitar hero John Norum (Europe).
The album titled “MEMORIES”, was released wordwide by Massacre Records in December 2014.