Michael Meeking has spent the last five years writing, recording, gigging and living in the U.K. Now the singer/songwriter/guitarist aka Meeks, has returned home to Melbourne Australia to record his fourth solo album and to get some sun! The album which he began recording in London is due for release later this year when he will embark on a tour of Australia and the U.K.
With a publishing deal also under negotiation 2006 is already shaping up as a very busy year for Meeks.
Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Meeking aka Meeks made a name for himself in his hometown of Melbourne in the late 90s, with his his band the Lost Souls which featured now members of Those Bloody McKennas, Jet, The Vandas and the Joe Galea band.
In the year 2000 Meeks decided take his music further afield. His journey initially took him on a six-month tour of China and eventually lead him to the U.K where he has resided for the last five years. It was during one of his first solo gigs in London, Meeks happened to meet Irish violinist Vanda Woolsey and formed Arctic Cowboy. Together they performed numerous gigs in both the U.K. and in Europe and recorded several E.Ps.
Meeks well-crafted songs and soulful vocals have seen him perform support gigs for such Australian songwriters as Mick Thomas, Tim Rogers, Nick Barker, Mia Dyson at some of Londons most legendary venues such as 12 Bar Club and the Borderline.
Meeks also played support gigs for British artists such as Glen Tilbrook of Squeeze and also opened for The Men They Couldnt Hang.
In the U.K. Meeks has received airplay on BBC London, Phoenix fm, Sky sports and in Australia 3RRR, 3JJJ, Gen-ex and Rage.
For last two years he has played at the London City showcase, The London Beer Festival and The London Tennis Masters players party, where he jammed with fellow Aussie and tennis legend Pat Cash.
Meeks has currently returned home to Melbourne to record his fifth solo album which is due for release later this year and will be returning to the U.K. to tour in September.
Meeks writes catchy tunes with heartfelt lyrics and raw sound that has more than just a hint of his country roots. His wild live performances whether acoustic or with his band is fast attaining him a large and loyal following.
I have been playing live for so many years but the last 5 years in London have been great. One of the highlights was supporting Glen Tlibrook of Squeeze at the Millenium Dome in a benefit gig for London's homeless
My music goes from acoustic to guitar driven rock with more than just a hint of a country twang yee haw!
Ricenbacker Electric guitar
Mesa boogie amp
Yamaha and Cort acoustics