MICHAELBRAILEY is an electronic musician, composer and curator based between Manchester (UK) and Hamburg (DE).


His work flails amidst contemporary unrest, from the instantaneousness of digital space to the euphoria of heartbreak, from the boundlessness of queer identity to the biodiversity of ecology mid-collapse. He attempts to encompass the vast expanse between the intimate and universal to find a sense of place within the tumultuous present day.

He has released EP 'the broken heart is more than a metaphor it is terraforming in action' on label Astral Plane Recordings, and has performed solo (live and DJ) across the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall (UK), Kampnagel (DE) and for crucial DIY clubnights across the UK. MICHAELBRAILEY has hosted on radio-stations including NTS, ma3azef and Limbo Radio, and has been written about in publications including Dazed, FACT and AQNB.

He has received commissions from gallery FACT (Liverpool, UK), composer-performer collective Bastard Assignments (London, UK), multimedia pianist Silvia Lucas (Manchester, UK), guitarist Callum Coomber (Manchester, UK), physical performance group SHOAL (Manchester, UK) and others. He has also worked with The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, electronic artist Sam Kidel, soprano Juliet Fraser alongside ensemble The House of Bedlam, queer-dominated DJ collective boygirl and has been performed at Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Snape Maltings and elsewhere.

He curates VIRTUALLYREALITY, an events series programming adventurous new music and performance in Manchester since 2017.

He is currently studying for a Master's in Multimedia Composition with Alexander Schubert at HfMT - Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Hamburg, DE).

photography by Anastassia Radtsenko