His interest in skateboarding introduced him to obscure American music. This influenced him to pick up various instruments and learning how to play them. Shortly thereafter he started to write songs and recording them onto a 4-track cassette recorder.
Mikael started releasing music under the moniker Homeland, feeling that this was a safe haven for experimenting and recording. The name Homeland spilled over into Homelandhome, his portable recording studio where he has produced artists such as Ogden Flood, Tårar över Skåne, The Following Sea, Motel North, Kvar i stan, Gustav Kjellvander, Sara Culler and Volksradio.
The first few years Homeland made music that belongs in the genre of lofi. As time went by, tastes shifted and more professional equipment was acquired. This resulted in Songs About Living, Homeland’s 1999 debut album. By this time Mikael had also become a drummer and was playing with artists such as Volksradio and David & The Citizens. The latter took him on tours around the world and put him in studios with the band recording several full length albums. In 2005 Mikael was back in Malmö again, focusing on Homeland and Homelandhome.